2020 Dodge Durango vs. 2020 Audi Q7

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Safety

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The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Durango and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Durango is safer than the Audi Q7:

Durango

Q7

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

37 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

24%

44%

Neck Stress

85 lbs.

118 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Durango is safer than the Audi Q7:

Durango

Q7

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

28

187

Abdominal Force

112 G’s

128 G’s

Hip Force

150 lbs.

350 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

25

337

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

62 G’s

Hip Force

542 lbs.

888 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

129

290

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

40 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Durango 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 6 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

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The Durango has more powerful engines than the Q7:

Horsepower

Torque

Durango 3.6 DOHC V6

293 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

Q7 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

248 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

Q7 55 TFSI 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

335 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The Q7 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Durango uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The Q7 requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Durango has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Durango has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q7 55 TFSI’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 22.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Durango stops shorter than the Q7:

Durango

Q7

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Durango has larger tires than the Q7 (265/60R18 vs. 255/55R19).

The Durango offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Q7; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some tire options on the Q7 don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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The Durango offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Q7 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Q7 (119.8 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Durango has 1 inch more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more third row headroom, 4.3 inches more third row legroom and 1 inch more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity

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

Durango

Q7

Behind Third Seat

17.2 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

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

Durango

Q7

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

20”/50”/83”

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

Max Width

49”

52.5”

Min Width

42.5”

42.6”

Height

36”

30”

Towing

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The Durango’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (6200 vs. 4400 pounds).

The Durango V8 4WD can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Durango can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Q7 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Durango’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Q7 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Durango has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Durango (except SXT) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Durango is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Durango owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Durango will cost $1675 to $3665 less than the Q7 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because it costs $164 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Durango than the Q7, including $79 less for a water pump, $471 less for a muffler, $51 less for front brake pads, $571 less for a starter, $547 less for fuel injection, $305 less for front struts and $493 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Durango will be $20529 to $27484 less than for the Audi Q7.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Durango second among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q7 isn’t in the top three.

The Dodge Durango outsold the Audi Q7 by almost two to one during 2019.

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