2020 Kia Telluride 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 Telluride are reminded to check the back seat when a sensor determines the back seat is occupied. The Q7 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Telluride’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 Telluride 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 and around view monitors.

Warranty

The Telluride 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.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Telluride 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 Kia dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Telluride’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Telluride 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 Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 2 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

The Telluride’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 Kia Telluride uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Telluride stops shorter than the Q7:

Telluride

Q7

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Telluride 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 Telluride has a standard automatic 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 Telluride is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the Q7.

For better maneuverability, the Telluride’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Q7’s (38.8 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 650 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Telluride SX 4x4 is quieter than the Q7 Prestige (36 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

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

The Telluride has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom, 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.2 inches more third row headroom, 2.2 inches more third row legroom and 5.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

Q7

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Telluride easier. The Telluride’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.7 inches, while the Q7’s liftover is 32.5 inches.

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

Telluride

Q7

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

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

Max Width

54.4”

52.5”

Min Width

43.5”

42.6”

Height

34.5”

30”

Towing

The Telluride’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 Telluride 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 Telluride EX/SX has standard front air-conditioned seats and the Telluride SX offers them optionally in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Q7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

Model Availability

The Telluride 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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