2018 Porsche Panamera vs. 2018 Audi A7

The 2018 Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera are both outstanding vehicles which bring a lot to the table. In terms of performance, handling, interior amenities and exterior appearance, these cars manage to set themselves apart from others in their class, but how do they stack up against one another?

Design & Style

While the Audi A7 looks great, the Porsche Panamera is simply breathtaking. Its elegant curves combined with its adaptive spoiler in the rear are extremely impressive. The A7, by comparison, is rather plain.

Technology & Safety

The Audi A7 holds five passengers, while the Porsche is limited to just four. The Porsche however has a larger display screen in the interior, at 12.3 inches versus only 8 for the A7. The Audi has slightly less fuel economy, at 20 mpg versus 21 for the Porsche. The Audi however fails to deliver with its fuel tank, which only has a capacity of 19.8 gallons whereas the Porsche Panamera has a capacity of 23.7. Both these cars have a host of luxury perks such as settings for driver memory, a camera in the rear, and multiple drive modes. The Audi has a very impressive sound system comprising fourteen speakers and overall, it edges out the Porsche in terms of total interior amenities offered.


The Audi A7 uses a very respectable Supercharged V-6 Premium Unleaded Intercooled engine, which gives 340 horsepower at 5300 rpm. It also has an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Porsche Panamera also has an eight-speed transmission that is manual, with a V-6 twin turbo premium unleaded engine that produces 331 horsepower at 1340 rpm. What this means is that although both vehicles perform at a level that is similar, the A7 has faster acceleration, and can go from zero to sixty quicker. However, the Porsche has a much greater speed ceiling, at 164 mph versus only 130 for the Audi.

The Bottom Line

Deciding which of these vehicles is superior is no easy task because both shine in different areas. The Porsche Panamera is better looking, but the Audi A7 has slightly more perks in the interior and seats one extra person. In terms of performance, it could be said that these cars are tied because although the Audi A7 has superior acceleration, the Porsche has better top speed. In terms of price, the Audi A7 can be had for about $70,000, while the Porsche Panamera starts at around $85,000. For the extra $15,000 you’re getting a better-looking car that is built for performance, while the Audi, although cheaper, tries too much to be a jack of all trades. Therefore, the Porsche Panamera is the better deal.

Ready to Schedule a Porsche Panamera Test Drive Today?

If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2018 Porsche Panamera offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Porsche of Princeton. We are located in New Jersey and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book a Porsche Panamera test drive appointment.

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