2019 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2019 Audi Q7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Sequoia 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 or rear seat belts.

The Sequoia’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 Sequoia 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 and available four-wheel drive.

The Toyota Sequoia weighs 627 to 1271 pounds more than the Audi Q7. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Sequoia 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.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sequoia for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota 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 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sequoia’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sequoia has a 180-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 Sequoia has a standard 710-amp battery. The Q7’s 380-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

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

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Audi is ranked 7th.

Engine

The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 133 more horsepower (381 vs. 248) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 273) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 52 more horsepower (381 vs. 329) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 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 Toyota Sequoia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sequoia has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q7 (26.4 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Sequoia higher (5 out of 10) than the Audi Q7 (3). This means the Sequoia produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q7 every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sequoia has larger tires than the Q7 (275/65R18 vs. 255/55R19).

The Sequoia 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 Sequoia offers an optional 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 Sequoia’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the Q7 (122 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Q7.

The Sequoia’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the Q7’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Sequoia more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Q7’s (38.1 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Q7 (9.6 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Sequoia’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the Q7 w/Air Suspension (10 vs. 9.7 inches).

Passenger Space

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

The Sequoia has .8 inches more front legroom, 6.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 7.1 inches more rear shoulder room, 6.1 inches more third row legroom and 16.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Sequoia

Q7

Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

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

 

Sequoia

Q7

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

18.5”/52.5”/90.5”

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

Max Width

54.5”

52.5”

Min Width

50”

42.6”

Height

36”

30”

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

Towing

The Sequoia’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (7100 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Sequoia’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 Sequoia 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 Sequoia (except SR5/TRD 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.

Model Availability

The Sequoia 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 Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because it costs $261 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the Q7, including $632 less for a muffler, $79 less for front brake pads, $86 less for a starter, $447 less for fuel injection, $349 less for front struts, $79 less for a timing belt/chain and $361 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Sequoia will be $1864 to $3700 less than for the Audi Q7.

Recommendations

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

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