Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Porsche Panamera VS 2012 Audi A7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Porsche Panamera

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2012 Audi A7

Safety Comparison

Both the Panamera and the A7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Panamera third among large premium cars in their 2011 Initial Quality Study. The A7 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 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 fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

The Panamera S Hybrid’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 hybrid produces 70 more horsepower (380 vs. 310) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 325) than the A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Panamera S’ standard 4.8 DOHC V8 produces 90 more horsepower (400 vs. 310) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (389 vs. 325) than the A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Panamera Turbo’s standard 4.8 turbo V8 produces 190 more horsepower (500 vs. 310) and 191 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 325) than the A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Panamera Turbo S’ standard 4.8 turbo V8 produces 240 more horsepower (550 vs. 310) and 228 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 325) than the A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Porsche Panamera is faster than the Audi A7:

Panamera S

Panamera Turbo

A7

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

3.5 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

11.9 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105.8 MPH

114.7 MPH

100.9 MPH

As tested in Road & Track the Panamera Turbo 4.8 turbo V8 is faster than the Audi A7 3.0:

Panamera

A7

Zero to 30 MPH

1.2 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.5 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.4 sec

12.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

118 MPH

103.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the A7 (22 city/33 hwy vs. 18 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Panamera V8/Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A7 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

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 A7 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Panamera’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the A7 (21.1 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera S4/Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the A7 (26.4 vs. 19.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Panamera

Opt. Panamera Turbo

A7

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

16.4 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

13 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 A7 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops much shorter than the A7:

Panamera

A7

80 to 0 MPH

196 feet

207 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

117 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the Panamera has larger standard rear tires than the A7 (275/45R18 vs. 255/45R18). The Panamera’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the A7 (295/35R20 vs. 265/35R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 A7.

The Panamera offers an optional 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 A7’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Panamera has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Panamera’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The A7 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Panamera Turbo 4 handles at 1.00 G’s, while the A7 pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Panamera goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4.5 MPH faster than the A7 (71.2 vs. 66.7 MPH).

The Panamera Turbo 4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the A7 (24.4 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Audi A7.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Panamera has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom and 1.6 inches more rear headroom than the A7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The A7’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Panamera 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 A7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the A7, the Panamera offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), 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 standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the A7.

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 A7 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 A7 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Panamera to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A7 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The Panamera offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The A7 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Panamera offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The A7 doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

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