2019 BMW X7 vs. 2019 Audi Q7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X7’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X7 and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X7 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q7.

There are over 13 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X7’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The X7 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 87 more horsepower (335 vs. 248) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 273) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X7 xDrive40i’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (335 vs. 329) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 325) than the Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The X7 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 127 more horsepower (456 vs. 329) and 154 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 325) than the Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X7 xDrive40i gets better fuel mileage than the Q7 (20 city/25 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X7’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q7 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The X7’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Q7 doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the X7 has larger standard tires than the Q7 (F:275/40R22 & R:315/35R22 vs. 255/55R19).

The X7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q7 2.0T’s standard 60 series tires. The X7’s optional 315/35R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Q7’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X7 has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Q7 2.0T. The X7’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Q7.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the Q7.

The X7 offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Q7; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q7 don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the X7 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Q7, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The X7 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The X7’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Q7 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X7’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the Q7 (122.2 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

For greater off-road capability the X7 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q7 (8.7 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the X7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the X7 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q7 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The X7 has 3.5 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more third row headroom and 4.1 inches more third row legroom than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity

The X7’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.

 

X7

Q7

Third Seat Folded

48.6 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

90.4 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

The X7’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Q7’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

The X7’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (7500 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the X7 has a standard rear variable intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW X7 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. Wireless charging costs extra on the Q7.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW X7 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. Wireless charging costs extra on the Q7.

The X7’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q7 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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