Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi S7 VS 2015 Dodge Charger Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Audi S7

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2015 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi S7 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Dodge Charger SRT doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The S7’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi S7 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 Dodge Charger SRT has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the S7 and Charger SRT have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S7 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 Charger SRT’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 S7 offers optional Pre Sense Plus, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Charger SRT doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The S7 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 Charger SRT 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.

The S7 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the S7 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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The S7’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The S7 has standard Audi Parking System Plus to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The S7 also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The S7’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the S7’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the S7 and the Charger SRT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The S7 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Charger SRT’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The S7’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Charger SRT’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the S7 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Charger SRT.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the S7 has a standard 190-amp alternator. The Charger SRT’s standard 160-amp alternator and largest (SXT/Rallye/R/T) 180-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the S7’s fuel efficiency. The Charger SRT Hellcat doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The S7 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Charger SRT (19.8 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the S7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger SRT:

S7

Charger SRT

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

The S7 stops shorter than the Charger SRT:

S7

Charger SRT

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The S7’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 Charger SRT’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S7 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Charger SRT’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the S7 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Charger SRT, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The S7 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The S7’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 Charger SRT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the S7 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than on the Charger SRT.

The S7’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the Charger SRT’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the S7 more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

The S7 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The S7 has a much larger trunk than the Charger SRT (24.5 vs. 16.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the S7 easier. The S7’s trunk lift-over height is 27.1 inches, while the Charger SRT’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S7’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The S7 also has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Charger SRT SXT/Rallye/R/T, the S7 offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The S7’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Charger SRT.

The S7 has a standard heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The S7’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger SRT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the S7 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 Charger SRT can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The S7’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Charger SRT’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S7 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S7 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the S7 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the S7 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer cornering lights. The S7 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The S7’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Dodge only offers heated mirrors on the Charger SRT SXT/Rallye/R/T.

On extremely cold Winter days, the S7’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the S7 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is standard on the S7. The S7’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Recommendations Comparison

The A7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Charger SRT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The S7 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Charger SRT has never been an “All Star.”

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