Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q7 VS 2018 Mercedes GLE Near Washington, NC

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2018 Audi Q7

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2018 Audi Q7

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2018 Mercedes GLE

Safety Comparison

Both the Q7 and GLE have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q7 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GLE’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Q7 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GLE doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q7 offers an optional backup collision prevention system which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The GLE doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q7. But it costs extra on the GLE.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The GLE doesn’t offer a night vision system.

To help make backing safer, the Q7 Premium Plus/Prestige’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLE doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Q7 and the GLE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear 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 lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLE’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q7’s reliability 39 points higher than the GLE.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Q7

GLE

 

2WD

 

n/a

18 city/23 hwy

350/Auto

4WD

2.0T/Auto

19 city/25 hwy

18 city/22 hwy

350/Auto

 

3.0T/Auto

19 city/25 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

AMG 43/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q7 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GLE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Q7 has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLE Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.5 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GLE:

 

Q7

GLE

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Q7 stops shorter than the GLE:

 

Q7

GLE

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLE (285/45R20 vs. 265/45R20).

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GLE doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the GLE (117.9 inches vs. 114.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q7 is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the GLE.

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the AMG GLE 43 4MATIC pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.4 seconds quicker than the GLE 550e 4MATIC (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Q7 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (8.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Q7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Audi Q7 amounts to more than styling. The Q7 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .333 Cd (optional .32 Cd with Air Suspension). That is significantly lower than the GLE (.37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q7 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Q7 Prestige is quieter than the AMG GLE 43 4MATIC (70 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q7 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the GLE can only carry 5.

The Q7 has 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLE.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q7’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The GLE doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q7 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GLE doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Q7 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLE doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q7 has standard extendable sun visors. The GLE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The GLE doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Q7 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Q7 will retain 46.42% to 52.44% of its original price after five years, while the GLE only retains 41.29% to 45.92%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q7 is less expensive to operate than the GLE because typical repairs cost much less on the Q7 than the GLE, including $508 less for a water pump, $57 less for front brake pads, $16 less for a starter and $119 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Q7 will be $1881 to $51967 less than for the Mercedes GLE.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Audi Q7 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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