2019 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2019 Audi Q7

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Chrysler Pacifica 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 Audi Q7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

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

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

 

Pacifica

Q7

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chrysler Pacifica is safer than the Q7:

 

Pacifica

Q7

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

71

225

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

20 cm

30 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

4%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pacifica the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q7 was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty

Chrysler’s powertrain warranty covers the Pacifica 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pacifica’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Pacifica has a standard 160-amp alternator. The Q7’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Pacifica has a standard 730-amp battery. The Q7’s 380-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Pacifica Hybrid’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 12 more horsepower (260 vs. 248) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid on full charge gets better fuel mileage than the Q7 45 TFSI (87 city/76 hwy MPGe vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Q7 45 TFSI (29 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

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

 

 

 

MPG

Pacifica

 

FWD

L 3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/28 hwy

 

 

Start/Stop 3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy

Q7

 

AWD

45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

 

 

55 TFSI 3.0 supercharged V6

19 city/25 hwy

The Pacifica Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 32 miles. The Q7 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chrysler Pacifica uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pacifica has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Q7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chrysler Pacifica, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Q7.

The Pacifica Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Q7 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Pacifica stops shorter than the Q7:

 

Pacifica

Q7

 

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Pacifica has a standard space-saver spare (not available on L/LX/Hybrid) 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 Pacifica’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q7 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pacifica’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the Q7 (121.6 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Pacifica is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Q7.

For better maneuverability, the Pacifica’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Q7’s (39.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Chrysler Pacifica may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 400 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

The front grille of the Pacifica 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.

The Pacifica uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q7 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Pacifica offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Q7 can only carry 7.

The Pacifica has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 4.3 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, 4.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.8 inches more third row headroom, 7.3 inches more third row legroom and 11.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pacifica’s middle and third row seats recline. The Q7’s third row seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Pacifica is 2.3 inches lower than the Q7 (16.3” vs. 18.6”). The Pacifica’s rear step up height is .5 inches lower than the Q7’s (18.2” vs. 18.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Pacifica

Q7

Behind Third Seat

32.3 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

87.5 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

140.5 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Pacifica easier. The Pacifica’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 24.3 inches, while the Q7’s liftover is 32.5 inches.

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

 

Pacifica

Q7

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

23.2”/57.5”/92.5”

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

Max Width

49.3”

52.5”

Min Width

48.8”

42.6”

Height

47.6”

30”

The Pacifica has standard Stow ‘n Go™ second and third row seats (except L/Hybrid for the second row), which fold flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Q7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics

The Pacifica’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Q7 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Pacifica has a standard rear fixed 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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Pacifica’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Q7’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

The Pacifica (except L/LX/Touring Plus/Touring L) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Pacifica Touring non-Hybrid/Limited’s optional automated parking system 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.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pacifica is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because it costs $576 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pacifica than the Q7, including $43 less for a water pump, $32 less for a muffler, $518 less for a starter, $561 less for fuel injection, $419 less for front struts, $524 less for a timing belt/chain and $139 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler Pacifica will be $15511 to $19272 less than for the Audi Q7.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Pacifica first among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q7 isn’t in the top three.

The Chrysler Pacifica outsold the Audi Q7 by over three to one during 2018.

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