2019 Audi Q7 vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery

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 Discovery doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery doesn’t offer height-adjustable 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 Discovery 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 Discovery doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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 Discovery doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Q7 and the Discovery have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, 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.

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 Discovery has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q7’s warranty.

Reliability

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 56 points higher than the Discovery.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Q7 55 TFSI 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the Land Rover Discovery:

 

Q7

Discovery

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9 sec

10.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.2 MPH

89.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q7 55 TFSI V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery S.C. V6 (19 city/25 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Q7

Discovery

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

14.2 inches

The Q7 stops much shorter than the Discovery:

 

Q7

Discovery

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the Discovery (255/55R19 vs. 235/65R19).

The Q7 2.0T’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery’s standard 65 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 Discovery doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Q7 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Discovery’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Discovery (117.9 inches vs. 115 inches).

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE Luxury (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

The design of the Audi Q7 amounts to more than styling. The Q7 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .333 Cd (optional .32 Cd with Air Suspension). That is lower than the Discovery (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q7 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Q7 has 2.7 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Q7

Discovery

Behind Third Seat

14.8 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

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

 

Q7

Discovery

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

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

Min Width

42.6”

39.3”

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

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

The Q7 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Discovery doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q7 has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Discovery isn't recommended.

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

The Audi Q7 outsold the Land Rover Discovery by almost four to one during the 2018 model year.

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