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Compare the2022 BMW M5VS 2021 Audi RS 7

2022 BMW M5
2021 Audi RS 7

Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The M5 offers optional Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The RS 7 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The M5 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. A system to reveal vehicles in the RS 7’s blind spot costs extra.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the M5 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 RS 7.

The M5’s 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 RS 7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the M5 and the RS 7 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M5 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 RS 7.

There are over 15 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the M5’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 M5’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 9 more horsepower (600 vs. 591) than the RS 7’s 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid. The M5 Competition’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 26 more horsepower (617 vs. 591) than the RS 7’s 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid. The M5 CS’ standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 36 more horsepower (627 vs. 591) than the RS 7’s 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW M5 (base engine) is faster than the Audi RS 7:

M5

RS 7

Zero to 60 MPH

2.8 sec

3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.6 sec

7.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.7 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

2.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.4 sec

3 sec

Quarter Mile

10.9 sec

11.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

129 MPH

122 MPH

Top Speed

163 MPH

155 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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The M5 stops shorter than the RS 7:

M5

RS 7

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

154 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the M5 has larger rear tires than the RS 7 (285/40R19 vs. 275/35R21).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M5’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the RS 7 (117.4 inches vs. 115.3 inches).

The M5 handles at .98 G’s, while the RS 7 pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The BMW M5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 800 pounds less than the Audi RS 7.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the M5 is quieter than the RS 7 (74 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space

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The M5 has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RS 7 (103 vs. 95).

The M5 has 3.7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room and 1.4 inches more rear headroom than the RS 7.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the M5 offers cargo security. The RS 7’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

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 M5 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 RS 7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The M5’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The RS 7’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

A power rear sunshade and manual rear side window sunshades are optional in the M5 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The RS 7 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The M5’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The RS 7 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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