2020 Audi Q7 vs. 2020 BMW X7

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Safety

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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 BMW X7 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 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 BMW X7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the Q7 and X7 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 X7’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.

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 X7 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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 X7 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Q7 and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 X7 has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 3 places higher in reliability than BMW.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Q7 stops much shorter than the X7:

Q7

X7

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 X7’s optional 40 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Q7 Prestige handles at .86 G’s, while the X7 xDrive50i pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the X7 xDrive40i (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Q7’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the X7’s (41 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Q7 w/Air Suspension has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (9.7 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Q7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Audi Q7 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 pounds less than the BMW X7.

The Q7 is 4 inches shorter than the X7, making the Q7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Q7 has 1.9 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more rear shoulder room and 1.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

The front step up height for the Q7 is 1.4 inches lower than the X7 (18.6” vs. 20”). The Q7’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the X7’s (18.7” vs. 20.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Q7’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the BMW X7 is limited to 7500 pounds. The Q7 offers up to a 7700 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 10% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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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 X7 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 X7 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Economic Advantages

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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 X7 only retains 37.87% to 40.24%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Q7 will be $19532 to $33739 less than for the BMW X7.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q7 and the BMW X7, 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 X7 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Audi Q7 outsold the BMW X7 by 61% during 2019.

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