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The Panamera offers available whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The A6 Allroad doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
Both the Panamera and the A6 Allroad 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, night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.
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.
The Panamera 4S’ standard 2.9 turbo V6 produces 105 more horsepower (440 vs. 335) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (405 vs. 369) than the A6 Allroad’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Panamera GTS’ standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 118 more horsepower (453 vs. 335) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (457 vs. 369) than the A6 Allroad’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid’s standard 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 122 more horsepower (457 vs. 335) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 369) than the A6 Allroad’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 342 more horsepower (677 vs. 335) and 257 lbs.-ft. more torque (626 vs. 369) than the A6 Allroad’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.
On the EPA test cycle the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the A6 Allroad (48 city/54 hwy MPGe vs. 20 city/26 hwy).
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The A6 Allroad must run its internal combustion engine to move.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Panamera Turbo/GTS’ fuel efficiency. The A6 Allroad 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 A6 Allroad doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Panamera E Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the A6 Allroad (21.1 vs. 19.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the A6 Allroad (23.7 vs. 19.3 gallons).
An eight-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Porsche Panamera, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A6 Allroad.
For better stopping power the Panamera’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A6 Allroad:
The Panamera offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The A6 Allroad doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.
For better traction, the Panamera has larger standard tires than the A6 Allroad (F:265/45R19 & R:295/40R19 vs. 245/45R20). The Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A6 Allroad (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 245/45R20).
The Panamera’s standard 295/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A6 Allroad’s standard 45 series tires. The Panamera’s optional 275/35R21 front and 315/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the A6 Allroad’s 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera offers optional 21-inch wheels. The A6 Allroad’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
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 A6 Allroad 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 A6 Allroad.
The Panamera has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The A6 Allroad doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Panamera’s wheelbase is .9 inches longer than on the A6 Allroad (116.1 inches vs. 115.2 inches). The Panamera Executive’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the A6 Allroad (122 inches vs. 115.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A6 Allroad.
The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Audi A6 Allroad.
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 A6 Allroad 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 A6 Allroad doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Panamera Sport Turismo a Large car, while the A6 Allroad is rated a Small Station Wagon.
The Panamera has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A6 Allroad (108 vs. 99).
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.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the A6 Allroad, 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 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 A6 Allroad has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the A6 Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Panamera has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The A6 Allroad 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 A6 Allroad doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Panamera’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The A6 Allroad doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.
Both the Panamera and the A6 Allroad 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 A6 Allroad.
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 A6 Allroad doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Porsche Panamera comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Audi A6 Allroad isn’t available as a four door.
The Panamera is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A6 Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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