Compare 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S vs Audi RS6 Avant

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 02/25/21 •  4 min read

The 2021 Panamera Turbo S and the 2021 Audi RS6 Avant are two of the highest performing station wagons in the world. Both are lengthy, fast, luxurious, and German, but there are significant differences. So, let’s go forward and compare 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S vs Audi RS6 Avant .

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Let Us Compare 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S vs Audi RS6 Avant

Engine and Performance

The Audi RS6 has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that cranks out 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The Porsche Panamera Turbo S comes standard with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, that generates 620 hp along with 603 lb-ft of torque. You can also get a hybrid powertrain on the Turbo S E-Hybrid, which adds an electric motor, totaling the horsepower to 689.

Both have 8-speed auto transmissions but the Panamera has a double-clutch system. The Audi RS6 needs 3.1 seconds to get from 0 to 60mph, whereas the Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo can do it in a brilliant time of 2.7 seconds. The quarter-mile times are 11.5 and 11.0 seconds, and braking distances from 60 to 0mph are 113 and 102, respectively. Top speeds are 190mph for the Audi (when you equip it properly), and 196mph for the Panamera.

Interior Design

The RS6 Avant has a sophisticated interior design and state-of-the-art technology. The cabin is covered in leather and posh materials. There are multiple large touch screens upfront, including a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster. The infotainment system is contained in a 10.1-inch touchscreen. 

The RS6 has many upscale standard features including heated and ventilated front seats, four-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and wireless charging. Optional extras include a head-up display, massaging front seats, and heated rear seats. 

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The Panamera Turbo S has a better and lower driving position. You get a 12.3-inch infotainment screen which is more difficult to use than the Audi’s. The options are pricey and extensive such as massaging seats and/or ventilated seats, soft-close doors, four-zone automatic climate control, a power rear sunshade, optional sport seats, with 18-way adjustability, leather-covered climate-control vents and even a fire extinguisher. 

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Ride and Comfort

The RS6 Avant can deliver a relaxed or rollicking ride depending on the selected drive mode, rolling on its 22-inch wheels. It is extremely agile which can be attributed to its four-wheel steering and torque-vectoring rear differential. The 2021 Panamera Turbo S, delivers supercar-like handling, with accurate and responsive steering. It also delivers a smooth, and refined ride with its adjustable air suspension, huge brakes, and massive tires.

Passenger and Cargo Space

The 2021 RS6 can fit 30 cubic feet of cargo, with a standard powered liftgate or an optional motion-activated one. However, the Turbo S offers a reasonable, but lesser 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Legroom is great in both the sedans, especially the Panamera, which can also be bought with an extended wheelbase, known as the Executive model.

Safety and Fuel Economy

None of the sedans have been tested by the NTHSA. Both the RS6 and Turbo S have forward-collision warning and automated emergency as standard, with optional night-vision systems. The Panamera also has lane-change assist and adaptive cruise control as options.

The EPA rating for the 2021 RS6 Avant says 15mpg city and 22mpg highway, 17 combined. For the 2021 Panamera Turbo S, you get 18mpg city and 23mpg highway, and 48-MPGe and 20-mpg combined for the 2021 Panamera S E-Hybrid. 

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S vs Audi RS6: Price and Warranty
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Both cars are ridiculously expensive based on standard options and prices start from $110,045 for the Audi and $179,050 for the Porsche. The Hybrid and the long-wheelbase Executive are priced from $189,050 and $189,450 respectively. For both the Panamera and the RS6, the warranties are similar, with limited and powertrain warranties covering four years or 50,000 miles, and complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles.

Final Verdict

It is a tie. While both the wagons are elegant, comfortable, and fast, the Audi is better looking, and more functional. The Porsche is much better to drive and it is only slightly less practical, but it falls a bit flat due to its higher price tag and fewer standard equipment. 

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.