Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Audi A6 VS 2015 Hyundai Genesis Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Audi A6

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2015 Hyundai Genesis

Safety Comparison

Both the A6 and Genesis Sedan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A6 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Genesis Sedan’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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 Genesis Sedan doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The A6 Premium Plus/Prestige offers an optional Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Genesis Sedan only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Compared to metal, the A6’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Hyundai Genesis Sedan has a metal gas tank.

Both the A6 and the Genesis Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The A6’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Genesis Sedan’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Engine Comparison

The A6 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 293) than the Genesis Sedan 3.8’s standard 3.8 DOHC V6.

The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 293) than the Genesis Sedan 3.8’s standard 3.8 DOHC V6. The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 383) than the Genesis Sedan 5.0’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the A6 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Genesis Sedan 3.8 AWD (24 city/38 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy). The A6 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Genesis Sedan 3.8 RWD (24 city/38 hwy vs. 18 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the A6 gets better fuel mileage than the Genesis Sedan:

A6

Genesis Sedan

2WD

2.0T/Auto

25 city/33 hwy

18 city/29 hwy

3.8

V8/Auto

n/a

15 city/23 hwy

5.0

AWD

2.0T/Auto

20 city/29 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

3.8

3.0T/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A6 3.0 T/TDI’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 Genesis Sedan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The A6 3.0T’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Genesis Sedan are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Genesis Sedan (255/40R19 vs. 245/40R19).

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 Genesis Sedan 5.0’s 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A6 Prestige offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Genesis Sedan’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Chassis Comparison

The Audi A6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Hyundai Genesis Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The A6’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Genesis Sedan doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The A6’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 Genesis Sedan.

The power windows standard on both the A6 and the Genesis Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the A6 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Genesis Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Genesis Sedan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A6 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Genesis Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Recommendations Comparison

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

A6

Genesis Sedan

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

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Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

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The A6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 5 of the last 15 years. The Genesis Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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