2020 Porsche Panamera vs. 2020 Audi S7

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Safety

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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 S7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Panamera and the S7 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.

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 S7’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid. 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 S7’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid. 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 S7’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Porsche Panamera is faster than the Audi S7:

Panamera Turbo

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

S7

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

2.9 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.5 sec

7 sec

9.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.3 sec

4 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.3 sec

11.1 sec

12.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

126 MPH

112 MPH

Top Speed

190 MPH

192 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the S7 (46 city/51 hwy MPGe vs. 18 city/28 hwy).

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The S7 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 S7 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Panamera E Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the S7 (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 S7 (23.7 vs. 19.3 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 S7 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Panamera’s optional brake rotors are larger than those on the S7:

Panamera

S7

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.8 inches

Rear Rotors

16.1 inches

13.8 inches

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 S7 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Panamera has larger standard tires than the S7 (F:265/45R19 & R:295/40R19 vs. 255/40R20). The Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S7 (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 255/40R20).

The Panamera’s optional 315/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S7’s optional 35 series tires.

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 S7 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 S7.

The Panamera has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The S7 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Panamera’s wheelbase is .8 inches longer than on the S7 (116.1 inches vs. 115.3 inches). The Panamera Executive’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the S7 (122 inches vs. 115.3 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Panamera w/Rear Axle Steering’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the S7’s (37.4 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

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The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the Audi S7.

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 S7 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 S7 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Panamera 4dr Hatchback a Large car, while the S7 is rated a Mid-size.

The Panamera has 13 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S7 (108 vs. 95).

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Panamera’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The S7 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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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 S7 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The S7 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 S7 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 S7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Both the Panamera and the S7 offer optional 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 S7.

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 S7 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 S7 isn’t available as a station wagon.

The Panamera is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The S7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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The Porsche Panamera outsold the Audi A7/S7/RS 7 by 34% during 2019.

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