2020 Infiniti Q50 vs. 2020 Audi A7

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q50 (except Pure) offers optional Back-up Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A7 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Q50 and the A7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Q50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The A7’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the Q50 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the A7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q50’s reliability 29 points higher than the A7.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 19th in initial quality. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 1 place higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

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The Q50 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 65 more horsepower (400 vs. 335) than the A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Q50 Red Sport 400 is faster than the Audi A7:

Q50

A7

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.5 sec

12.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

13.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112 MPH

105 MPH

Top Speed

153 MPH

130 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A7:

Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400

A7

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Q50 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The A7 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Q50 Sport’s optional drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The A7 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

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The Infiniti Q50 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 650 pounds less than the Audi A7.

The Q50 is 6 inches shorter than the A7, making the Q50 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Q50 has 6.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A7 (101.5 vs. 95).

The Q50 has 3.2 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A7.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Q50 offers cargo security. The A7’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 21% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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The Q50 (except Pure) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Q50’s power window and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The A7’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Model Availability

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The Q50 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti Q50 will be $19368 to $32821 less than for the Audi A7.

Recommendations

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The Infiniti Q50 outsold the Audi A7/S7/RS 7 by over five to one during 2019.

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