2020 Porsche Panamera vs. 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback

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Safety

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A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Panamera helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Panamera and the RS 5 Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Audi is ranked 14th.

Engine

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The Panamera GTS’ standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 9 more horsepower (453 vs. 444) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (457 vs. 443) than the RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid’s standard 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 13 more horsepower (457 vs. 444) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 443) than the RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 233 more horsepower (677 vs. 444) and 183 lbs.-ft. more torque (626 vs. 443) than the RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Porsche Panamera is faster than the Audi RS 5 Sportback:

Panamera Turbo

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

RS 5 Sportback

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

2.9 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.5 sec

7 sec

8.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.3 sec

4 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter Mile

11.3 sec

11.1 sec

11.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

126 MPH

115 MPH

Top Speed

190 MPH

192 MPH

174 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Panamera E-Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the RS 5 Sportback:

MPGe

Panamera E-Hybrid

AWD

2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

48 city/54 hwy

4.0 turbo V8 Hybrid

46 city/51 hwy

MPG

RS 5 Sportback

AWD

2.9 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the RS 5 Sportback:

MPG

Panamera

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

21 city/24 hwy

2.9 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

RS 5 Sportback

AWD

2.9 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera Sport Turismo running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the RS 5 Sportback:

MPG

Panamera Sport Turismo

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

21 city/24 hwy

2.9 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

RS 5 Sportback

AWD

2.9 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The RS 5 Sportback must run its internal combustion engine to move.

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Panamera Turbo/GTS’ fuel efficiency. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Panamera’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Panamera E Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 Sportback (21.1 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera’s standard fuel tank has 8.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 Sportback (23.7 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Transmission

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The Panamera offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Panamera’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Panamera’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RS 5 Sportback:

Panamera E-Hybrid/GTS

Panamera Turbo

Panamera opt.

RS 5

RS 5 opt.

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

16.1 inches

16.5 inches

14.8 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

15 inches

16.1 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The Panamera stops shorter than the RS 5 Sportback:

Panamera

RS 5 Sportback

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

154 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the Panamera has larger standard rear tires than the RS 5 Sportback (295/40R19 vs. 265/35R19). The Panamera’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the RS 5 Sportback (315/35R20 vs. 275/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RS 5 Sportback’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Panamera offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Panamera offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Audi doesn’t offer an active suspension on the RS 5 Sportback.

The Panamera has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The RS 5 Sportback’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Panamera has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Panamera’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the RS 5 Sportback (116.1 inches vs. 111.2 inches). The Panamera Executive’s wheelbase is 10.8 inches longer than on the RS 5 Sportback (122 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the RS 5 Sportback.

The Panamera Turbo handles at 1.00 G’s, while the RS 5 Sportback pulls only .97 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Panamera w/Rear Axle Steering’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the RS 5 Sportback’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Panamera uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Panamera offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The RS 5 Sportback’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Panamera has a larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the RS 5 Sportback with its rear seat folded (47.3 vs. 35 cubic feet).

The Panamera Sport Turismo has a larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the RS 5 Sportback with its rear seat folded (49 vs. 35 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Panamera’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 36% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the RS 5 Sportback, the Panamera offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Panamera’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Panamera’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The RS 5 Sportback does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Panamera’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the RS 5 Sportback’s standard power windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Panamera has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Panamera also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Panamera (except Sport Turismo) and power rear side window sunshades are optional in the Panamera to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

Both the Panamera and the RS 5 Sportback have standard heated front seats. The Panamera also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the RS 5 Sportback.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Panamera’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Both the Panamera and the RS 5 Sportback offer available massaging front seats. The Panamera also offers optional massaging rear seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging rear seats aren’t available in the RS 5 Sportback.

The Panamera Sport Turismo offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Porsche Panamera comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Audi RS 5 Sportback isn’t available as a station wagon.

The Panamera is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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