Compare 2012 Audi Q7 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2012 Audi Q7
2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium 16 22 $43,013 $46,250
quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus 16 22 $43,013 $46,250
quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Premium 17 25 $47,849 $51,450
quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Premium Plus 17 25 $47,849 $51,450
quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Prestige 17 25 $47,849 $51,450
quattro 4-Door 3.0T S line 16 22 $55,753 $59,950
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4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC 17 21 $57,260 $61,570
4MATIC 4-Door GL450 13 18 $58,190 $62,570
4MATIC 4-Door GL550 12 17 $79,329 $85,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,013
$57,260
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,250
$61,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$771 / month
$1026 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi Q7 has what upscale suburban families want: a lavish interior, a cabin full of premium features, and performance and ride that are very carlike--plus serious towing ability if and when you need it. With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
48.6 50.5
Second Leg Room (in)
37.1 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 58.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
133.2 143.0
Third Leg Room (in)
29.2 34.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 40.6
Third Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.3
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Third Head Room (in)
35.6 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.0 65.1
Wheelbase (in)
118.2 121.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.1 78.3
Track Width, Front (in)
65.0 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
200.3 200.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.4 72.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 51.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.0 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 31.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 83.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.5 83.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - 18.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
10.9 14.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 40.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.8 x - TBD - 14.7 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 13.0 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 18.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 39.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.66 3.6
Tires
Rear Tire Size
255/55R18 P275/50R20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
255/55R18 P275/50R20
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6600 7500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
990 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5291 5512
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 20 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x 6.5 NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 20 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
190 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
295 @ 2250 400 @ 1600-2400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 4920 210 @ 3400
Engine Type
Supercharged Gas V6 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Transmission
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.85 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.73
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.83 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.70 3.45
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi Q7 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4 11.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-- -
Rollover Rating
-

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