2020 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2019 Audi Q7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX60 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 Audi Q7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

Both the QX60 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, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Infiniti QX60 is safer than the Audi Q7:

QX60

Q7

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

25 lbs.

37 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

44%

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Infiniti QX60 is safer than the Q7:

QX60

Q7

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

39

225

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

15 cm

30 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

2.3/.1 kN

5.5/.1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

4%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.52/.37

.57/.7

Tibia forces R/L

.8/.1 kN

4.2/.3 kN

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, results indicate that the Infiniti QX60 is safer than the Audi Q7:

QX60

Q7

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

187

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

128 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

337

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

62 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

888 lbs.

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

Warranty

The QX60 comes with a full 4-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 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX60 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the QX60 has a 150-amp alternator. The Q7’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the QX60 has a standard 550-amp battery. The Q7’s 380-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 19th in initial quality. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 1 place higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

The QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 47 more horsepower (295 vs. 248) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX60 gets better fuel mileage than the Q7:

MPG

QX60

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

Q7

AWD

45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

55 TFSI 3.0 supercharged V6

19 city/26 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Infiniti QX60 higher (5 out of 10) than the Audi Q7 (3). This means the QX60 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q7 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The QX60 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Q7 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX60 stops shorter than the Q7:

QX60

Q7

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The QX60 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

For better maneuverability, the QX60’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Q7’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Infiniti QX60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 550 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

Passenger Space

The QX60 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear legroom, 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom, 1.6 inches more third row legroom and 7.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX60’s middle and third row seats recline. The Q7’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The QX60’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.

QX60

Q7

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

40.5 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

76.2 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX60 easier. The QX60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.6 inches, while the Q7’s liftover is 32.5 inches.

The QX60’s cargo area is larger than the Q7’s in almost every dimension:

QX60

Q7

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

20.7”/45”/78.5”

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

Max Width

50”

52.5”

Min Width

46”

42.6”

Height

32.2”

30”

The QX60 has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Q7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Towing

The QX60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (5000 vs. 4400 pounds).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 21% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the QX60 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.

Consumer Reports rated the QX60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Q7’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The QX60 Luxe 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 QX60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

The QX60 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX60 will retain 54.7% to 54.76% of its original price after five years, while the Q7 only retains 4.96% to 83.4%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX60 is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because typical repairs cost much less on the QX60 than the Q7, including $132 less for a water pump, $291 less for a muffler, $99 less for front brake pads, $558 less for a starter, $361 less for fuel injection, $378 less for front struts and $359 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti QX60 will be $7250 to $22017 less than for the Audi Q7.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Infiniti QX60 and the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Infiniti QX60 outsold the Audi Q7 by 27% during 2018.

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