2020 Kia K900 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 K900 has standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist 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.

The K900’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the K900 and the A7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The K900 comes with a full 5-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 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the K900 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Kia dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the K900’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 5 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

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The K900’s 3.3 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (365 vs. 335) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 369) than the A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia K900 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The A7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The K900 has a gallon more fuel capacity than the A7 (20.3 vs. 19.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Kia K900, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A7.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the K900’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A7:

K900

A7

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the K900 has larger rear tires than the A7 (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R19). The K900’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the A7 (275/40R19 vs. 255/40R20).

The K900’s 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A7’s standard 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the K900’s wheelbase is 7 inches longer than on the A7 (122.2 inches vs. 115.2 inches).

The K900 handles at .87 G’s, while the A7 Prestige pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The front grille of the K900 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A7 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the K900 a Large car, while the A7 is rated a Mid-size.

The K900 has 15 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A7 (110 vs. 95).

The K900 has 4.1 inches more front headroom, 4.4 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the A7.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the K900 offers cargo security. The A7’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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The K900 has a standard 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 K900’s power window, power lock, power mirror 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.

A power rear sunshade and manual rear side window sunshades are standard in the K900 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A7 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The K900 has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The A7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The K900 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the A7.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia K900 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console and one for the rear passengers. Wireless charging costs extra on the A7.

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