2020 Audi Q7 vs. 2020 Lincoln Aviator

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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 Aviator doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q7. But it costs extra on the Aviator.

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 Aviator doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Q7 and the Aviator have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, 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 Aviator has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Aviator’s (12 vs. 5 years).

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 17 points higher than the Aviator.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q7 45 TFSI gets better fuel mileage than the Aviator AWD turbo V6 (19 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

The Q7 45 TFSI’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Aviator Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.8 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Aviator’s standard fuel tank (22.5 vs. 20.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q7’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Aviator:

Q7 45 TFSI

Q7 55 TFSI

Aviator

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

14.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Q7 stops much shorter than the Aviator:

Q7

Aviator

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Q7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Aviator (285/45R20 vs. 255/55R19).

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 Aviator Reserve/Grand Touring/Black Label’s 50 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 Aviator doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Aviator AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Aviator AWD (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

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

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Aviator, 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.

Consumer Reports rated the Q7’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Aviator’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

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 Aviator 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 Aviator 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 Aviator’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln Aviator 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 Aviator has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Audi Q7 outsold the Lincoln Aviator by over four to one during 2019.

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