Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Genesis G90 VS 2018 Audi A7 Near Washington, NC

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2018 Genesis G90

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2018 Genesis G90

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2018 Audi A7

Safety Comparison

The G90 has a standard 360-degree Multi-view Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The A7 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.

To help make backing safer, the G90’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 A7 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The G90’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 G90 and the A7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and available all-wheel drive.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G90 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 20 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A7 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The G90 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The A7’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G90 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G90 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis 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 20 percent more Genesis dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the G90’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The G90 3.3T’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 25 more horsepower (365 vs. 340) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 325) than the A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The G90 5.0’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 80 more horsepower (420 vs. 340) and 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 325) than the A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G90 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The A7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The G90 has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the A7 (21.9 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the G90’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A7:


G90 3.3T

G90 5.0


Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14.8 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

13.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the G90 has larger rear tires than the A7 (275/40R19 vs. 255/40R19). The G90’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the A7 (275/40R19 vs. 265/35R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The G90 has a standard 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G90’s wheelbase is 9.7 inches longer than on the A7 (124.4 inches vs. 114.7 inches).

The G90 3.3T AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the A7 Premium Plus pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The G90 has 19.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A7 (113.2 vs. 94).

The G90 has 4.2 inches more front headroom, 5 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the G90 5.0’s rear seats recline. The A7’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the G90 offers cargo security. The A7’s hatchback body style and non-lockable folding seat defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The G90 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 A7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the G90 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A7 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The G90 has standard front air conditioned seats and the G90 5.0 also has them in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The A7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The G90 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 A7.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the G90 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the G90 will cost $530 to $2030 less than the A7 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Genesis G90 will be $195 to $2701 less than for the Audi A7.

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