2019 Audi Q7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS vs Volvo XC90

2019 Audi Q7 vs Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. Volvo XC90 at Audi Ann Arbor

Full-size luxury SUVs represent the pinnacle of performance, capability, and premium refinement with generous space for up to 7 passengers. In the past, drivers searching for spacious seating for their families or friends would only have the option of full-size sedans or estate wagons which lack the impressive ground clearance and massive cargo capacities of an SUV.

Today's luxury SUV shopper is now faced with an array of choices which can make finding the right one for your lifestyle more difficult than ever before. Our team at Audi of Ann Arbor has created this in-depth model comparison in which the striking three-row Audi Q7 faces up against two of its biggest rivals -- the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Volvo XC90. Once you see the results, you will understand why drivers continue to prefer Audi over the competition.

Audi Q7 vs Mercedes-Benz GLS

2019 Audi Q7
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS
2019 Audi Q7 3.0T PremiumVS2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450
$59,950 ✓MSRP$70,150
19 / 25 / 21 ✓MPG (city/hwy/combined)16 / 22 / 18
Xenon HID ✓Headlight TypeHalogen
Standard ✓Fog LightsNot Available
1st & 2nd Rows ✓Power Sunroof1st Row
Standard w/Separate Controls ✓Rear HVACOptional
5 ✓12V Power Outlets3
Leather ✓Seat MaterialMB-Tex Leatherette
35 / 30 / 35 ✓Rear Seat Folding60 / 40
41.7 / 38.8 inches ✓Front/Rear Legroom40.3 / 38.5 inches
Standard w/Voice Activation ✓Navigation SystemOptional
Front and Rear ✓Parking SensorsOptional
12 Months / 10,000 Miles ✓Complimentary Scheduled MaintenanceNot Available

The first competitor to go up against the Audi Q7 is the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Right from the very start, choosing the Q7 instead of the GLS will save you an astounding $10,200. Although the GLS has a slight power advantage, it's also significantly less fuel efficient than the Audi Q7 which can deliver up to 25 MPG on the highway. When it comes to visibility, having exceptionally clear and crisp lighting can make a tremendous difference in the safety of both you and your passengers. While the Mercedes-Benz GLS is equipped with inferior halogen headlights, the Q7 offers standard Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and standard fog lights.

Shifting focus towards the interiors of both of these SUVs, there are numerous key differences between the two. Both feature a standard power sunroof with the Q7's spanning both the first and second rows of seating. When you're carrying the entire team across town for soccer practice, it's always great when rear passengers have the ability to customize their temperature preferences. The Audi Q7 comes standard with rear HVAC controls, a feature which will cost you more at Mercedes-Benz. A total of 5 12V power outlets ensures that everyone can keep their electronic devices charged-up for the journey inside the Q7.

2019 Audi Q7 Interior

Genuine leather seating surfaces included as standard on the Q7 feature a more supple, comfortable feel than the synthetic MB-Tex leatherette included inside the GLS. The second-row seatback of the Q7 is split 35/30/35, letting you carry a combination of cargo and passengers with more flexibility than the 60/40 split unit on the Mercedes-Benz GLS. Across both the first and second rows, the Audi Q7 delivers greater legroom to help everyone stretch out and get comfortable.

A standard integrated navigation system with voice-activated controls along with front and rear parking sensors are two other excellent standard features found on the Q7. Add those options to the GLS and you're quickly approaching a $15,000 larger price difference between these two SUVs. Rounding out the exceptional value of the Q7, Audi will cover your first scheduled maintenance visit occurring within 12 months or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first, at no cost to you. Mercedes-Benz does not offer complimentary scheduled maintenance.

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

2019 Audi Q7
2019 Volvo XC90
2019 Audi Q7 3.0T PremiumVS2019 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum
3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 ✓Engine Type/Size2.0-Liter Turbocharged and Supercharged I4
329 ✓Horsepower316
325 ✓Torque295
19 / 25 / 21MPG (city/hwy/combined)19 / 26 / 22
23 gallons ✓Fuel Tank Capacity19 gallons
14.8 feet ✓Turning Radius15.8 feet
Front and Rear ✓Parking SensorsRear Only
Power ✓Tilt/Telescoping Steering WheelManual
41.7 / 38.8 inches ✓Front/Rear Legroom40.9 / 37 inches
59.5 / 58.5 inches ✓Front/Rear Shoulder Room57.7 / 56.5 inches

While both offer three-row seating for up to 7 passengers, there are several key distinctions between the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90. When comparing performance figures, the XC90 is no match for the Q7. Powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, the Q7 delivers a balanced yet responsive 329 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. For comparison, the XC90 relies on a complex 2.0-liter 4-cylinder which is both turbocharged and supercharged.

Along with long-term reliability concerns, this engine is less powerful than the V6 found beneath the hood of the Q7. Fuel economy figures are roughly the same for both vehicles. The fuel tank of the Q7 is 4 gallons larger than the XC90, leading to less-frequent stops on extended road trips thanks to greater range. Thanks to a shorter turning radius, the Audi Q7 is also the better choice when maneuvering in or out of a tight parking space.

2019 Audi Q7 Interior

Standard front and rear parking sensors also add confidence behind the wheel of the Q7. The Volvo XC90 only includes rear parking sensors, leaving you to take your best guess about how close your front bumper is to that telephone pole. The steering wheel offers power tilt and telescoping adjustments for a personalized position inside the Q7. Volvo drivers will have to fumble with manual adjustments in order to reach their desired position. Across both the first and second rows of seating, the Audi Q7 offers more legroom and shoulder room than the XC90.

Winner -- Audi Q7

2019 Audi Q7

After we've explored these three luxury 7-passenger SUVs in-depth, the clear winner of this comparison is the Audi Q7. The competition from Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are no match for the tremendous value, luxurious cabin, proven performance, and innovative tech features found on the Audi Q7. If you're ready to experience all that the Q7 has to offer, our team at Audi of Ann Arbor look forward to helping you choose the right model for your needs and lifestyle.

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