2019 Audi Q7 vs. 2019 Cadillac Escalade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac Escalade doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

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 Escalade 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q7. But it costs extra on the Escalade.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q7’s standard Hill Descent Assist allows you to creep down safely. The Escalade doesn’t offer Hill Descent Assist.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Escalade doesn’t offer a night vision system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Q7 uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Escalade uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi Q7 is safer than the Cadillac Escalade:

 

Q7

Escalade

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

99

334

Neck Stress

186 lbs.

289 lbs.

Neck Compression

37 lbs.

64 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

61/46 lbs.

77/421 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

102

186

Neck Stress

118 lbs.

165 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

46/29 lbs.

154/567 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Audi Q7 is safer than the Cadillac Escalade:

 

Q7

Escalade

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

18 inches

HIC

290

355

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

893 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Escalade has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Escalade’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Q7 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q7’s reliability 28 points higher than the Escalade.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 21 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Q7 55 TFSI 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the Cadillac Escalade:

 

Q7

Escalade

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.2 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q7 55 TFSI V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade 4x4 (19 city/25 hwy vs. 14 city/21 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q7’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Escalade doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Escalade:

 

Q7

Escalade

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Q7 stops much shorter than the Escalade:

 

Q7

Escalade

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

202 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Q7’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escalade’s optional 45 series tires.

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 Escalade doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Audi Q7 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Escalade (117.9 inches vs. 116 inches).

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Escalade 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Escalade 4x4 (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Q7 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade (8.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Q7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Q7 w/Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the Escalade (9.7 vs. 8 inches).

Chassis

The Audi Q7 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 850 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade.

The Q7 is 4.3 inches shorter than the Escalade, making the Q7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Q7’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Escalade uses body-on-frame design instead.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Q7 Prestige is quieter than the Escalade 4x4 (70 vs. 75 dB).

Passenger Space

The Q7 has .1 inches more rear headroom and 4.4 inches more third row legroom than the Escalade.

The front step up height for the Q7 is 3.4 inches lower than the Escalade (18.6” vs. 22”).

Cargo Capacity

The Q7’s cargo area is larger than the Escalade’s in almost every dimension:

 

Q7

Escalade

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

Max Width

52.5”

n/a

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q7. The Escalade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Escalade, the Q7 Prestige offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Q7’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Escalade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Q7 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Escalade can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Q7 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Escalade doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Q7’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Q7 has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Escalade doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

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

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q7 is less expensive to operate than the Escalade because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q7 than the Escalade, including $266 less for a muffler, $145 less for a fuel pump, $81 less for front struts and $809 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Q7 will be $19027 to $21423 less than for the Cadillac Escalade.

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 Escalade has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Audi Q7 outsold the Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV by 280 units during the 2018 model year.

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