2021 Porsche Panamera vs 2021 Audi A8 Comparison in Columbus, OH

When you're looking for a luxury family vehicle, the name Porsche might not come immediately to mind. The 2021 Porsche Panamera, however, is a boundary-breaking vehicle; iconic Porsche DNA and performance combined with sleek lines and contoured curves in a practical four-door sedan. With a plethora of luxury sedans to choose from, we've put together this informative head-to-head comparison against one of Porshce's few rivals, the 2021 Audi A8. When you've finished reading, we invite you to stop by Porsche Columbus and speak to any of our friendly, knowledgeable team members.

Porsche Panamera interior seats

2021 Porsche Panamera vs 2021 Audi A8: Design & Style

Even with four doors and an automatic rear hatch, the 2021 Panamera is pure Porsche. While both the Panamera and the 2021 Audi A8 offer a standard panoramic roof, the Panamera takes things a few steps further. Rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated exterior mirrors, and an adaptable two-way rear spoiler are all standard fare. You can choose from 17 bold colors on the Panamera, 7 more options than the A8 offers, including exciting shades like Papaya or Amethyst that really make an impression.

Both the Porsche Panamera and the Audi A8 offer you luxurious comfort when you slip inside the cabin. Heated front seats come standard on both sedans and heated rear outboard seats are available. Only the Panamera, however, offers ventilated seats for both the front and the rear. The Audi A8 only offers that feature for the front seat. The 2021 A8 may have more passenger volume, seating five while the Panamera seats four, but Porsche gives you more room for cargo. With over five cubic feet more space behind the rear seats than the A8, the Panamera can fold those rear seats flat and open up to give you a vast 47.3 cubic feet of cargo space. You can't fold the rear seats of the A8 so you're stuck with only 12.5 cubic feet of room.

Porsche Panamera technology specs

2021 Porsche Panamera vs 2021 Audi A8: Technology

Keeping you connected in today's busy world is important and that's why both the 2021 Panamera and the A8 offer infotainment systems to help keep you in the information loop no matter how far from home you go. Both offer standard navigation, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability, and wireless charging. The Audi A8 comes with a standard 10.1-inch touchscreen while the Porsche Panamera offers a large 12.3-inch display. The Panamera offers standard wireless internet access, something the A8 does not offer. Audiophiles will rejoice when they see the Panamera's available options of a Bose® or Burmester® high-end sound systems for a higher level of audio excellence not offered by the A8.

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Porsche Panamera performance specs

2021 Porsche Panamera vs 2021 Audi A8: Performance

There's no denying that Porsche is synonymous with performance and just because there's a couple of extra doors on the 2021 Panamera doesn't mean it's lacking in speed. In fact its top speed is a thunderous 168 MPH, 38 more than the top mark of the 2021 A8. Both luxury sedans are paired to an 8-speed transmission but the Panamera offers manual actuation and automatic mode. The A8 may generate a little more horsepower at the start of the lineup, 335 to 325, but the Panamera can go from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds, which is faster than the much-heavier Audi A8.

Porsche Panamera safety features

2021 Porsche Panamera vs 2021 Audi A8: Safety

Both Porsche and Audi are well known for their commitment to safety and it shows thanks to the wide array of safety features and driver assist technology in both vehicles including full LED headlights for clearer vision. However, only the Panamera has standard 4-point LED daytime running lights and 3D LED taillights. Both the Panamera and the A8 offer standard features such as Front and Rear Park Assist for help getting in and out of tight spots, and Lane Keep Assist, plus available Adaptive Cruise Control. Only the Panamera offers standard Traffic Sign Recognition and the Porsche Side Impact Protection, helping keep you and your passengers safe from collisions.

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Which High-Performance Luxury Sedan is Right for You?

With more standard and available features, better performance, and cutting-edge technology, it's no secret that the 2021 Porsche Panamera is the best choice over the 2021 Audi A8. To see and feel the difference for yourself, stop by our showroom at Porsche Columbus and take a test drive. We're excited to get you into the car of your dreams.

2021 Porsche Panamera2021 Audi A8
$88,400Starting MSRP$86,500
5.3 SecondsStandard 0-60 MPH Time5.6 Seconds
168 MPHTop Track Speed130 MPH
Standard10 Speaker Hi Fi Sound SystemNot Available
325Standard Horsepower335
8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)Transmission                                                8-speed Tiptronic® Automatic Transmission                                 
17.6 Cubic FeetLuggage Compartment Volume12.5 Cubic Feet
StandardSide Impact Protection SystemNot Available
StandardVoice AssistantNot Available
23.7 GallonsFuel Tank21.7 Gallons

*The Total Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) shown excludes taxes, title, registration, other optional or regionally required equipment, and dealer charges. The price and availability of Individually Commissioned Equipment (CXX) can be determined only after review and analysis by the manufacturer. Actual selling prices are set by dealers and may vary.