2019 Nissan Armada vs. 2019 Audi Q7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Armada 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.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Armada are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Q7 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Armada has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Armada 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Nissan Armada weighs 487 to 1243 pounds more than the Audi Q7. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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

 

Armada

Q7

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

38%

44%

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Armada is safer than the Audi Q7:

 

Armada

Q7

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

27

187

Abdominal Force

81 G’s

128 G’s

Hip Force

144 lbs.

350 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

31

337

Spine Acceleration

21 G’s

62 G’s

Hip Force

151 lbs.

888 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

40 G’s

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

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Armada 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 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Armada’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Armada has a 150-amp alternator. The Q7’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 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 Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 142 more horsepower (390 vs. 248) and 121 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 273) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 61 more horsepower (390 vs. 329) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 325) than the Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Armada has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q7 (26 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Armada has larger standard tires than the Q7 (265/70R18 vs. 255/55R19).

The Nissan Armada’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Audi Q7 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Armada has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Q7 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Armada has a standard 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 rear suspension of the Armada 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 Armada has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Q7 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Q7 (121.1 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Armada is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Q7.

The Armada’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.5% to 49.5%) than the Q7’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Armada more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q7 (9.1 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Armada has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Q7 can only carry 7.

The Armada has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 4.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room, .5 inches more third row headroom and 11.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Armada

Q7

Behind Third Seat

16.5 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

49.9 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.4 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

The Armada 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 Armada’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (8500 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Armada’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 Armada 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 Armada SL/Platinum has a 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.

Model Availability

The Armada is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because typical repairs cost much less on the Armada than the Q7, including $86 less for a water pump, $356 less for a muffler, $95 less for front brake pads, $513 less for a starter, $452 less for fuel injection, $352 less for front struts and $315 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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

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