2020 Audi Q7 vs. 2020 Land Rover Discovery

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Safety

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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 Discovery doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 Land Rover Discovery doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 Discovery 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 Discovery 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 Discovery doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Q7 and the Discovery have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, 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.

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 Discovery has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q7’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q7’s reliability 37 points higher than the Discovery.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 97 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q7 45 TFSI gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery supercharged V6 (19 city/25 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Q7 55 TFSI’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Discovery doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q7 55 TFSI’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Discovery:

Q7 45 TFSI

Q7 55 TFSI

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

14.8 inches

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

The Q7 stops much shorter than the Discovery:

Q7

Discovery

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

148 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the Discovery (255/55R19 vs. 235/65R19).

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 Discovery’s standard 65 series tires. The Q7 Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Discovery’s optional 40 series tires.

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 Discovery doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Discovery’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Discovery (117.9 inches vs. 115 inches).

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Q7 has .5 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

Cargo Capacity

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

Q7

Discovery

Behind Third Seat

14.8 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

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

Q7

Discovery

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

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

Max Width

52.5”

55.6”

Min Width

42.6”

39.3”

Height

30”

37”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q7. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 76% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

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The Q7 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q7 has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Discovery doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi Q7 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Discovery doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Discovery isn't recommended.

The Q7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Discovery has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Audi Q7 outsold the Land Rover Discovery by almost four to one during 2019.

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