BMW and Audi are two German automotive manufacturing giants. Their luxury sedans are some of the best out there, but how do the BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8 match up when they go head to head? That's what our team at BMW Cleveland is here to find out!

When it comes time to choose your next luxury sedan in Solon, Cleveland, or Hudson, OH, there can only be one winner. It's the BMW 7 Series vs. Audi A8. Let's see which one comes out on top!

7 Series vs A8: How Do They Perform?

The BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8 come standard with identical 3.0L inline 6-cylinder engines that generate 335 horsepower. The 7 Series edges ahead of the competition when it comes to gas mileage, though. It boasts an EPA-estimated 22 city/29 highway MPG.* The A8, on the other hand, only manages an EPA-estimated 17 city/26 highway MPG.

If you're looking for the boosted efficiency of a hybrid, both sedans offer an available plug-in hybrid powertrain. It includes similar components for both models, including:

  • 3.0L inline 6-cylinder engine
  • Electric motor
  • High-voltage lithium-ion battery pack
  • All-wheel drive
  • All-electric driving mode

All-wheel steering is a unique performance feature that's available with both the 7 Series and the A8. At lower speeds, the rear wheels turn opposite the front wheels, improving the turning radius on tight city streets. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn with the front wheels, which improves stability, comfort, and agility.

BMW 7 Series vs Audi A8: Step Inside These Luxury Interiors

Comfort is the name of the game for these luxury sedans. They come standard with leather-trimmed upholstery and heated front seats. You can also opt for massaging front seats in either model. In the 7 Series, there are eight programs to choose from and three levels of intensity. That will loosen up any sore muscles after a long work week.

The infotainment systems in both sedans come with a digital instrument cluster and a responsive central touchscreen display. They give you access to a similar suite of connective features, including:

  • Bluetooth®
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM®
  • Navigation

The available navigation systems in both models adjust your route based on the traffic ahead so you can try to avoid some of that rush-hour congestion. They also come with natural voice recognition-so, if you have a detour in mind, shout it out. The navigation system will redirect to get you where you want to be.

BMW 7 Series vs Audi A8: The Safer Sedan

Audi and BMW have been bringing top-notch safety innovations to the automotive world since their inception. You can experience some of them behind the wheel of either model. The standard Active Driving Assistant arms the 7 Series with the following technologies, several of which are available as part of Audi pre sense® 360:

  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Speed Limit Info
  • Automatic High Beams

The Active Protection System and Audi pre sense® basic work in similar ways to help protect you from a collision. Once they detect an imminent impact, they prepare the vehicle by automatically tightening seat belts, closing the windows, and activating post-crash braking.

You'll have more confidence in a crowded parking lot thanks to each model's Surround View Camera (standard in the 7 Series, available in the A8). They'll expand your field of view so you can maneuver into even the tightest spots. The BMW 7 Series goes one step further with parking sensors that alert you when you get too close to potential obstacles.

BMW 7 Series or Audi A8: Which Do You Choose?

This sedan showdown is one for the ages, but if your drives through Solon, Cleveland, and Hudson call for the more efficient vehicle that has greater prowess in tight parking lots, the BMW 7 Series is for you. Come see it for yourself at the largest family-owned BMW dealer in Ohio: BMW Cleveland.

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* Preliminary EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower. Note for MPGe: All data are provisional and subject to official confirmation. The provisional power consumption figures have been calculated based on the ECE test cycle.

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