Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Audi A6 VS 2014 Porsche Panamera Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Audi A6

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2014 Porsche Panamera

Safety Comparison

The A6’s front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Panamera doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The A6 has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Panamera doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the A6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight. The Panamera doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the A6 and the Panamera 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the A6 as a “Top Pick,” a rating only granted to 170 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Panamera has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The A6’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Panamera’s (12 vs. 10 years).

There are over 30 percent more Audi dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the A6’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 133 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 295) than the Panamera’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the A6 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the Porsche Panamera V6:

A6

Panamera

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105.5 MPH

99.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the A6 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera GTS SMG (24 city/38 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the A6 3.0T Quattro V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera GTS 4 Auto V8 (18 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The A6 stops shorter than the Panamera:

A6

Panamera

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The A6 Prestige’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Panamera’s optional 40 series front tires.

The A6 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Panamera, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A6 3.0T Quattro handles at .93 G’s, while the Panamera Turbo 4 pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The A6 is 3.5 inches shorter than the Panamera, making the A6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi A6 amounts to more than styling. The A6 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .26 to .28 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Panamera (.29 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A6 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A6 3.0T Quattro is quieter than the Panamera Turbo 4:

A6

Panamera

At idle

41 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The A6 has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Panamera can only carry 4.

The A6 has 5.6 inches more front shoulder room, 4.2 inches more rear legroom and 4.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Panamera.

Ergonomics Comparison

The A6 Prestige offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Panamera doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the A6 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Panamera can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A6 has standard extendable sun visors. The Panamera doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the A6 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A6 will cost $4540 to $13010 less than the Panamera over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi A6 will be $29216 to $93385 less than for the Porsche Panamera.

Recommendations Comparison

The Audi A6 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

A6

Panamera

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

n/a

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

1

J.D. Power and Associates rated the A6 second among midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Panamera isn’t in the top three in its category.

The A6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 4 of the last 14 years. The Panamera has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Audi A6/S6 outsold the Porsche Panamera by over two to one during the 2012 model year.

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