2019 Audi Q7 vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

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Safety

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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 Kia Telluride doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

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 Telluride 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 Telluride 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 that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Telluride doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

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

Both the Q7 and the Telluride 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, crash mitigating brakes, 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 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Telluride has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Telluride’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability

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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 16 points higher than the Telluride.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

Engine

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The Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 38 more horsepower (329 vs. 291) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 262) than the Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Q7 55 TFSI 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the Kia Telluride:

Q7

Telluride

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.2 sec

11.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.5 sec

17.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

7.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.3 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q7 gets better fuel mileage than the Telluride:

MPG

Q7

AWD

3.0 Supercharged V6

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

Telluride

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 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 Telluride doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Q7 has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Telluride (22.5 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Q7

Telluride

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12 inches

The Q7’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Telluride are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the Telluride (255/55R19 vs. 245/60R18). The Q7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Telluride (285/45R20 vs. 245/60R18).

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 Telluride S/SX’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q7 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Telluride’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

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 Telluride doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Telluride’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the Telluride (117.9 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Telluride SX 4x4 pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Q7 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Telluride (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 Telluride (9.7 vs. 8 inches).

Chassis

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

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Kia Telluride is limited to 5000 pounds. The Q7 offers up to a 7700 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Q7 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Telluride. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 32% lower rating, Kia is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Telluride SX, 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.

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 Telluride can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q7’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Telluride’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Telluride doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Q7 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Telluride doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Q7 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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

The Q7 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Telluride offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Q7 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Telluride EX/SX.

Recommendations

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

The Q7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 3 years. The Telluride has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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