Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi A6 VS 2016 Hyundai Genesis Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Audi A6

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2016 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.

The A6 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Genesis Sedan doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi A6 is safer than the Hyundai Genesis Sedan:

A6

Genesis Sedan

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

22 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

141

180

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

22%

35%

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

44 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Audi A6 is safer than the Hyundai Genesis Sedan:

A6

Genesis Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

1.1 inches

1.3 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

700 lbs.

857 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Audi A6’s reliability will be 40% better than the Genesis Sedan and the Audi A6 2.0T will be 73% better than the Genesis Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The A6 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 22 more horsepower (333 vs. 311) and 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.

As tested in Motor Trend the A6 2.0T is faster than the Genesis Sedan 3.8:

A6

Genesis Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.3 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the A6 3.0T is faster than the Genesis Sedan 5.0:

A6

Genesis Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107 MPH

102.8 MPH

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 (25 city/38 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy).

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

A6

Genesis Sedan

2WD

2.0T/Auto

24 city/35 hwy

18 city/29 hwy

3.8/Auto

n/a

15 city/23 hwy

5.0/Auto

AWD

2.0T/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

3.8/Auto

3.0T/Auto

20 city/30 hwy

n/a

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A6’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.

The A6 stops much shorter than the Genesis Sedan:

A6

Genesis Sedan

60 to 0 MPH

113.5 feet

128.4 feet

AutoWeek

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’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 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Genesis Sedan’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A6 3.0T Quattro handles at .90 G’s, while the Genesis Sedan 3.8 AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a AutoWeek skidpad test.

The A6 3.0T Quattro executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Genesis Sedan 5.0 (25.1 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi A6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Hyundai Genesis Sedan.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A6 3.0T Quattro is quieter than the Genesis Sedan 5.0:

A6

Genesis Sedan

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

70 dB

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

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Genesis Sedan, the A6 Prestige 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) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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.

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.

Consumer Reports rated the A6’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the Genesis Sedan’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

Standard air conditioned seats in the A6 Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Genesis Sedan only offers an air conditioned driver’s seat.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi A6 and the Hyundai Genesis Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 898, Strategic Vision rated the Audi A6 26 points higher than the Hyundai Genesis Sedan for 2015.

The A6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 5 of the last 17 years. The Genesis Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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