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Compare the2023 BMW 330eVS 2023 Audi A7

2023 BMW 330e
2023 Audi A7

Safety

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The 330e has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The A7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The 330e’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 A7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 330e and the A7 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 BMW 330e is safer than the Audi A7:

330e

A7

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

107

135

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

252 lbs.

262 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

532 lbs.

716 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

270

395

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

39 G’s

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 330e its highest rating: “Top Safety Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 124 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A7 is only a standard “Top Safety Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 330e 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 A7.

There are over 15 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 330e’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 330e’s reliability 48 points higher than the A7.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 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 above average in initial quality. With 74 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is rated below average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 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 above average in long-term dependability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, Audi is rated below average.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 330e running on electricity gets better mileage than the A7:

MPGe

330e

RWD

Electric Motor

72 city/80 hwy

AWD

Electric Motor

64 city/71 hwy

A7

MPG

AWD

55 TFSI 3.0 turbo V6 Hybrid

21 city/30 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the 330e running its gasoline engine gets better mileage than the A7:

MPG

330e

RWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

25 city/33 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

22 city/30 hwy

A7

AWD

55 TFSI 3.0 turbo V6 Hybrid

21 city/30 hwy

The 330e can travel with zero emissions for 20 to 23 miles (dependent on model). The A7 can’t move without running its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW 330e higher (7 out of 10) than the Audi A7 (5 to 7). This means the 330e produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the A7 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW 330e, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A7.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 330e’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A7:

330e

A7

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 330e can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The A7 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 330e offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The A7’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The 330e’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.7% to 50.3%) than the A7’s (53.9% to 46.1%). This gives the 330e more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

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The BMW 330e may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 600 pounds less than the Audi A7.

The 330e is 9.7 inches shorter than the A7, making the 330e easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW 330e amounts to more than styling. The 330e has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is significantly lower than the A7 (.31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 330e get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The 330e has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the A7.

Cargo Capacity

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Pulling a handle automatically lowers the 330e’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The A7 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the 330e offers cargo security. The A7’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 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 1% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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The 330e’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 A7’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The 330e’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the A7’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the 330e has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The A7 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The 330e also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Model Availability

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The 330e is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 330e owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 330e will cost $3380 to $4915 less than the A7 over a five-year period.

The 330e will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 330e will retain 42.96% to 43.35% of its original price after five years, while the A7 only retains 41.94% to 42.65%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW 330e will be $29229 to $33455 less than for the Audi A7.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW 330e, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The BMW 3 Series outsold the Audi A7/S7/RS 7 by almost 14 to one during the 2021 model year.

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