2019 Audi Q7 vs. 2019 Bentley Bentayga

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q7’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Bentayga doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Q7 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Bentayga doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q7 offers an optional backup collision prevention system which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Bentayga doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Q7 has a standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Bentayga doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Q7 and the Bentayga have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q7 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Bentayga has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Q7 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Bentayga’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 9 years longer than the Bentayga’s (12 vs. 3 years).

There are almost 7 times as many Audi dealers as there are Bentley dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q7’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q7 55 TFSI V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Bentayga V8 (19 city/25 hwy vs. 14 city/23 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q7 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Bentayga requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Q7 stops much shorter than the Bentayga:

 

Q7

Bentayga

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Bentayga doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Q7’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the Bentayga’s (57.5% to 42.5%). This gives the Q7 more stable handling and braking.

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Bentayga pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Audi Q7 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 550 pounds less than the Bentley Bentayga.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Q7 Prestige is quieter than the Bentayga (43 vs. 44 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The Q7’s cargo area provides more volume than the Bentayga.

 

Q7

Bentayga

Behind Third Seat

14.8 cubic feet

7.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

37.5 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

17.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

71.6 cubic feet

62.6 cubic feet

The Q7’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Bentayga w/Four Seat Comfort Specification doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Bentayga doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Q7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Bentayga has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Audi Q7 outsold the Bentley Bentayga by almost 36 to one during the 2018 model year.

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