For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A7 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Hyundai Genesis Sedan has only front height-adjustable seat belts.
Both the A7 and Genesis Sedan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A7 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.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A7. But it costs extra on the Genesis Sedan.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the A7 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 displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Genesis Sedan doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Compared to metal, the A7’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 A7 and the Genesis Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
The A7’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Genesis Sedan’s (12 vs. 7 years).
The A7’s 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 A7’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 A7’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.
On the EPA test cycle the A7 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Genesis Sedan 3.8 AWD (24 city/38 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy). The A7 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 A7 3.0T gets better fuel mileage than the Genesis Sedan 3.8 AWD (18 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy).
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A7’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.
The A7’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.
For better traction, the A7 has larger standard tires than the Genesis Sedan (255/40R19 vs. 245/45R18). The A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Genesis Sedan (265/35R20 vs. 245/40R19).
The A7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Genesis Sedan 3.8’s standard 45 series tires. The A7’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Genesis Sedan 5.0’s 40 series front tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A7 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Genesis Sedan 3.8. The A7’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Genesis Sedan 5.0.
The A7 has a much larger trunk than the Genesis Sedan (24.5 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).
The A7’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.
The power windows standard on both the A7 and the Genesis Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the A7 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 A7 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 A7 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.
The A7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 3 years. The Genesis Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
The A7 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Genesis Sedan has never been an “All Star.”
The A7 was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2012 Car of the Year. The Genesis Sedan has never been chosen.