2021 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2020 Audi Q7

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Safety

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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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Q7 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Tahoe 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Tahoe 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 10 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’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 Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Tahoe’s standard 5.3 V8 produces 107 more horsepower (355 vs. 248) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 273) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Tahoe’s 5.3 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (355 vs. 335) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 369) than the Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Tahoe High Country’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 85 more horsepower (420 vs. 335) and 91 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 369) than the Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

The Tahoe’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 29 more horsepower (277 vs. 248) and 187 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 273) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Tahoe’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 91 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 369) than the Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

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 Tahoe 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 Chevrolet Tahoe uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Tahoe High Country for maximum performance). The Q7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Tahoe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Q7.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tahoe has larger standard tires than the Q7 (265/65R18 vs. 255/55R19).

The Chevrolet Tahoe’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Audi Q7 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Tahoe has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Q7 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Tahoe has a standard 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 Tahoe Z71/High Country has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Tahoe’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Q7 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tahoe’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Q7 (120.9 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Q7.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Tahoe uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q7 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Q7 can only carry 7.

The Tahoe has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more third row headroom and 5.7 inches more third row legroom than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity

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

Tahoe

Q7

Behind Third Seat

25.5 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

72.6 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

122.9 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

Towing

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The Tahoe 4WD with optional equipment 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 Tahoe can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Q7 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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

Recommendations

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The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Audi Q7 by almost three to one during 2019.

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