2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2019 Audi Q7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Palisade are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Q7 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Palisade’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Palisade 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Palisade comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Q7’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Palisade 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Palisade’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Palisade has a standard 800-amp battery. The Q7’s 380-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 43 more horsepower (291 vs. 248) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Palisade uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

The Palisade has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire 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 models of the Q7 don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

The Palisade 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 better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Palisade is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the Q7.

For better maneuverability, the Palisade’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Q7’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Palisade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 700 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

The Palisade is 3.5 inches shorter than the Q7, making the Palisade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Palisade has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Q7 can only carry 7.

The Palisade has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.9 inches more third row headroom, 2.2 inches more third row legroom and 5.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Palisade’s middle and third row seats recline. The Q7’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

Palisade

Q7

Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

45.8 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

86.4 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Palisade easier. The Palisade’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.6 inches, while the Q7’s liftover is 32.5 inches.

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

Palisade

Q7

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

20.8”/49”/82.5”

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

Max Width

53.7”

52.5”

Min Width

43.4”

42.6”

Height

30.5”

30”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Palisade’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q7 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Towing

The Palisade’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (5000 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Palisade 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.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Palisade’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Q7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Palisade 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

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

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