2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2019 Audi Q7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Range Rover Sport’s optional 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 Range Rover Sport and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Engine

The Range Rover Sport has more powerful engines than the Q7:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Sport Td6 3.0 turbo V6 diesel

254 HP

443 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Q7 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

Q7 55 TFSI 3.0 supercharged V6

329 HP

325 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 Supercharged is faster than the Q7 55 TFSI:

 

Range Rover Sport

Q7

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

4.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Q7 45 TFSI (22 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Q7 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

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

The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 5.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q7 (27.6 vs. 22.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport Gas’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Q7:

 

Range Rover Sport Gas

Q7

Front Rotors

15 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.8 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the Q7:

 

Range Rover Sport

Q7

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Q7 2.0T. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Q7.

The Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare 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 Range Rover Sport V8 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Q7 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Sport’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.

The Range Rover Sport’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.4% to 51.6%) than the Q7’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Range Rover Sport more stable handling and braking.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the Q7 Prestige pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Q7 Prestige (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.5 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 2.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Q7 (10.9 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the Q7 w/Air Suspension (10.9 vs. 9.7 inches).

Chassis

The Range Rover Sport is 7.5 inches shorter than the Q7, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Sport has 1 inch more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Sport has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Q7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Towing

The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (7716 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Sport 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.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Q7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, 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 Range Rover Sport’s optional Park Assist 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

Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the Q7 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the Q7, including $1 less for a water pump, $506 less for a muffler, $26 less for front brake pads, $346 less for a starter, $111 less for fuel injection, $315 less for front struts, $120 less for a timing belt/chain and $457 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The Q7 has never been chosen.

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