2016 Audi A8 vs 2016 BMW 7 Series, Which Luxury Sedan Is A Better Buy

Nov 22, 2016 04:05 AM EST | Mariechris Felipe

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The 2016 Audi A8 vs 2016 BMW 7 Series had long been in the market and has been pitted against each other for their luxurious look and powerful performance. In this faceoff, we will know which luxury sedan is a better buy and we also show that luxury can also be found in diesel.

The Contenders: 2016 Audi A8 vs 2016 BMW 7 Series

The 2016 BMW 7 Series, particularly the 750D is a model of German technology and luxury with carbon components to lighten the weight of the equipment, cutting edge electronics and perfect finishes. Where American manufacturers opt for gasoline, BMW choose unapologetic mechanical diesel, with a smooth final march: the known 3.0 - liter six - cylinder, thanks to its supercharged quad delivers 400 hp and 760 Nm of torque and can cover the 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.5 seconds. Truly a sports car performance and no wonder why it is voted as one of the best at EFTM

Now the 2016 Audi A8 with 4.2 TDI quattro uses more size and less turbos: in this case only two. The displacement is 4.2 liters, and the number of cylinders up to eight. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h a couple of tenths later than his rival at 4.7 seconds, and generally falls a little behind in all measures of performance, which in any case remain portentous for a car of this size, which handily exceeds two tons of weight. Wait until the new generation arrives as it will surely lose wight and electrification may be added according to AutoEvolution

Both cars lacks some appeal on the outside as both didn't evolve that much throughout the years but inside they up their antics with cutting edge technology, digital instrumentations, driving assistant technology and gestural control elements. Both also offer plenty of room and comfort but Audi takes some advantage in the rear seats.

Drive Testing

Now for the driving test shown in the video below and reported by BMWBlog, BMW diesel has a sound that makes you forget that it is just that: a diesel. The secret: the melody of its four turbos. Two for low compressions and two high, the fourth from the 2,500 laps. The accelerations from standstill is impressive thanks to the action of multiple turbos no trace of the typical "hole", the 750D with incredible verve pushes the 2,073 kilos of the whole. Circling the most by German highways without speed limit, only the most powerful gasoline V8 were able to follow the pace. And with a surprising consumption: we measured 8.1 liters, two less than its brother 750i gasoline.

The Audi A8, with a larger engine, consumes one liter more. But its shooting is incredibly relaxed, also at 250 km / h. Its tiptronic has an exquisite performance, just a slight pull of a very timely manner. Simply put, the answer is faultless.

Driving it in Dynamic mode, the Audi becomes very poised, but adjustable dampers reduce their travel and tapping noticed until the steering wheel. So this is A8 where better responds in Comfort mode: comfortable, refined and even rolling at high speeds, with a lot of sense of security.

Series 7 passes in the opposite. And in normal mode, it is certain that feels very soft, maybe too much. It seems as if in their efforts to be the most comfortable, it goes beyond and this is not what one expects of a BMW. So immediately you want to put it in the Sport program: here. Everything becomes more firm and direct, precision in turns is greater, the car minimizes swings. Exactly what one expects of a BMW.

The Verdict

Two sedans the upper segment, demonstrating once again that diesel engines can be as sporting and refined as any other car. Both deserve the title for the best buy so it is a tie for now. Watch the video for yourself and decide which one is better.

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