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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lincoln MKT doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.
The Q7’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the Q7 and MKT have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q7 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The MKT’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The Q7 has standard Pre Sense Front, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.
The Q7 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The MKT doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q7 offers an optional backup collision prevention system that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKT doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q7’s standard Hill Descent Assist allows you to creep down safely. The MKT doesn’t offer Hill Descent Assist.
The Audi Q7 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKT doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The MKT doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The Q7 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKT only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Q7 and the MKT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q7 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 185 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKT has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”
The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the MKT’s (12 vs. 5 years).
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 1 place higher in reliability than Lincoln.
The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 350) than the MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Q7 55 TFSI gets better fuel mileage than the MKT (17 city/21 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the Q7 45 TFSI gets better fuel mileage than the MKT (19 city/25 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the Q7 55 TFSI’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The MKT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q7’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The MKT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Q7 45 TFSI’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKT (19.8 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKT (22.5 vs. 18.6 gallons).
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Audi Q7, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKT.
For better stopping power the Q7 55 TFSI’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MKT:
Q7 55 TFSI
For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the MKT (255/55R19 vs. 235/55R19). The Q7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MKT (285/45R20 vs. 255/45R20).
The Q7 Prestige’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MKT’s optional 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q7 Prestige offers optional 22-inch wheels. The MKT’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The MKT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q7 is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the MKT.
The Q7 Prestige handles at .86 G’s, while the MKT pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the MKT (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s).
The Q7 is 8.3 inches shorter than the MKT, making the Q7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Q7 has .9 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.4 inches more third row headroom and .3 inches more third row shoulder room than the MKT.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q7’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The MKT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Q7’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKT’s (4400 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln MKT is only 4500 pounds. The Q7 offers up to a 7700 lbs. towing capacity.
The engine in the Q7 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MKT. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MKT, the Q7 Prestige offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The Q7 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Q7’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The MKT’s parking brake has to released manually.
The Q7’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The MKT’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
The Q7 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKT doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Q7 Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MKT doesn’t offer headlight washers.
A manual rear sunshade and rear side window sunshades are optional in the Q7 (except Premium) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The MKT doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
When the Q7 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The MKT’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Q7 Prestige offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the MKT.
The Q7 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Q7 will retain 44.87% to 44.98% of its original price after five years, while the MKT only retains 39.43% to 39.89%.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Q7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 4 years. The MKT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.
The Audi Q7 outsold the Lincoln MKT by over 10 to one during 2019.
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