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Compare the2022 BMW 7 SeriesVS 2021 Audi A8

2022 BMW 7 Series
2021 Audi A8

Safety

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The 7 Series has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The A8 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The 7 Series has standard Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A8 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The 7 Series has a standard blind spot warning system which uses sensors to alert the driver to objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them and moves the vehicle back into its lane. A system to reveal vehicles in the A8’s blind spot costs extra.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the 7 Series has a standard cross-path warning system, which uses sensors in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. Cross-path warning costs extra on the A8.

The 7 Series’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A8 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 7 Series and the A8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, around view monitors, available all wheel drive and night vision systems.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 7 Series for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A8.

There are over 15 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 7 Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 7 Series has a standard 950-amp battery (660 750i). The A8’s 380-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 7 Series’ reliability 21 points higher than the A8.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 7 Series second among large premium cars in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The A8 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 2 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

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The 7 Series has more powerful engines than the A8:

Horsepower

Torque

745e 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid

389 HP

443 lbs.-ft.

750i 4.4 turbo V8

523 HP

590 lbs.-ft.

Alpina B7 4.4 turbo V8

600 HP

590 lbs.-ft.

M760i 6.6 turbo V12

601 HP

627 lbs.-ft.

A8 55 TSFI 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

335 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

A8 60 TSFI e 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

443 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

A8 60 TFSI 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid

453 HP

487 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the 745e 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid is faster than the A8 55 TSFI 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid:

7 Series

A8

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105.2 MPH

99.8 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Alpina B7 4.4 turbo V8 is faster than the A8 55 TSFI 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid:

7 Series

A8

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.8 sec

13.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.3 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

11.6 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

101 MPH

Top Speed

193 MPH

193 MPH

Transmission

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The 7 Series’ launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The A8 doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

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The 7 Series’ optional 275/35R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A8’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the 7 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The A8 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 7 Series offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The A8 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 7 Series’ wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the A8 60 TFSI (126.4 inches vs. 123.1 inches). The 7 Series’ wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the A8 55 TSFI (126.4 inches vs. 123.2 inches).

The Alpina B7 handles at .97 G’s, while the A8 55 TSFI pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 750i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the A8 55 TSFI (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

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The BMW 7 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 550 pounds less than the Audi A8.

The front grille of the 7 Series uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A8 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The 7 Series has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the A8.

Cargo Capacity

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The 7 Series has a much larger trunk than the A8 (14 vs. 12.5 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 4% lower rating, Audi is ranked 12th.

Ergonomics

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The 7 Series has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A8 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The 7 Series’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The A8 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The 7 Series has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the A8.

The 7 Series’ Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. Optional Remote Control Parking will park and retrieve your car remotely: press a button and watch it park itself. This is ideal for tight locations. The A8 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The 7 Series is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A8 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW 7 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Audi A8 isn't recommended.

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