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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 Hyundai Palisade 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 Palisade doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
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 Palisade 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 Palisade doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q7. But it costs extra on the Palisade.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q7’s standard Hill Descent Assist allows you to creep down safely. The Palisade doesn’t offer Hill Descent Assist.
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 Palisade doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the Q7 and the Palisade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Palisade’s (12 vs. 7 years).
The Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 44 more horsepower (335 vs. 291) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Q7 45 TFSI gets better fuel mileage than the Palisade 4x4 (19 city/25 hwy vs. 19 city/24 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the Q7 55 TFSI’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Palisade doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The Q7 45 TFSI’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Palisade (19.8 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Palisade (22.5 vs. 18.8 gallons).
For better stopping power the Q7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Palisade:
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The Q7’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Palisade are solid, not vented.
The Q7 stops much shorter than the Palisade:
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For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the Palisade (255/55R19 vs. 245/60R18). The Q7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Palisade (285/45R20 vs. 245/60R18).
The Q7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Palisade’s standard 60 series tires. The Q7 Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Palisade’s optional 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q7 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Palisade. The Q7 Prestige’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Palisade.
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 Palisade doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The Q7 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Palisade’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Q7 has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Palisade doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the Palisade (117.9 inches vs. 114.2 inches).
The Q7 Prestige handles at .86 G’s, while the Palisade SEL 4x4 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 1.9 seconds quicker than the Palisade Limited 4x4 (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s).
For greater off-road capability the Q7 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Palisade (8.3 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Q7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Q7 w/Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.8 inches higher than on the Palisade (9.7 vs. 7.9 inches).
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q7. The Palisade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
Maximum trailer towing in the Hyundai Palisade is limited to 5000 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 Palisade. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Hyundai. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 39% lower rating, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.
Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Palisade (except SE), 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’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Palisade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
If the windows are left open on the Q7 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Palisade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Q7’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Palisade SE/SEL’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 Palisade 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 Palisade doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
The Q7’s standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Palisade offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
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 Palisade.
The Q7 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Palisade SEL/Limited.
Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q7 and the Hyundai Palisade, 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 Palisade has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.
The Audi Q7 outsold the Hyundai Palisade by 21% during 2019.
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