2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2019 Audi Q7

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Safety

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Both the Nautilus and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive 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 Lincoln Nautilus is safer than the Audi Q7:

Nautilus

Q7

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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 Lincoln Nautilus is safer than the Q7:

Nautilus

Q7

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

69

225

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

26 cm

30 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

4%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.4/.37

.57/.7

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Nautilus 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.

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Q7 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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

Engine

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The Nautilus’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (250 vs. 248) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 6 more horsepower (335 vs. 329) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 325) than the Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Nautilus 4WD gets better fuel mileage than the Q7:

Nautilus

Q7

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

20 city/25 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.7 turbo V6/8-spd. Auto

19 city/26 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

3.0 S.C. V6/Auto

The Nautilus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Q7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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

Tires and Wheels

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The Nautilus 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

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For better maneuverability, the Nautilus’ turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Q7’s (39.3 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Lincoln Nautilus may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

The Nautilus is 9.6 inches shorter than the Q7, making the Nautilus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Nautilus uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q7 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Nautilus has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q7.

The front step up height for the Nautilus is 1.1 inches lower than the Q7 (17.5” vs. 18.6”). The Nautilus’ rear step up height is .7 inches lower than the Q7’s (18” vs. 18.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume than the Q7 with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 14.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Nautilus easier. The Nautilus’ cargo hatch lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Q7’s liftover is 32.5 inches.

Towing

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The Nautilus 2.7 Turbo 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 Nautilus can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Q7 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With an 8% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Nautilus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Q7 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Audi Connect CARE can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Nautilus offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, 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.

The Nautilus (except Standard)’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q7 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Nautilus is available in both front-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 Nautilus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Nautilus will cost $1705 to $3725 less than the Q7 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lincoln Nautilus will be $10056 to $17735 less than for the Audi Q7.

Recommendations

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

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