Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class vs 2012 Audi Q7

2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class
2012 Audi Q7
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4MATIC 4-Door R 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door R 350 16 21 $49,002 $52,690
4MATIC 4-Door R 350 BlueTEC 18 23 $50,071 $53,840
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$49,002
$43,013
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$52,690
$46,250
Monthly Payment Estimate
$878 / month
$771 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The ambiguously shaped Mercedes R-Class isn't as easy a choice as the big GL-Class SUV, but especially in diesel trim, it's a capable long-distance touring machine. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.6 58.1
Front Leg Room (in)
39.8 41.3
Third Head Room (in)
37.2 35.6
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 48.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 37.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
146.9 133.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.3 58.7
Third Leg Room (in)
32.4 29.2
Second Head Room (in)
40.4 37.2
Passenger Capacity
6 7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
65.5 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
203.1 200.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.4 68.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.0 66.0
Wheelbase (in)
126.6 118.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
85.4 78.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
85.0 72.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
18.3 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
15.2 10.9
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.5 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
42.3 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.2 42.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
87.3 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.6 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.3 13.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 26.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-&-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.66
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 39.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
P195/75R18 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 255/55R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 6600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
525 990
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5622 5291
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 18 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 18 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 190
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Supercharged Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 6500 295 @ 2250
Engine Order Code
N/A NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 6500 280 @ 4920
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.70 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.44
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.85
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.86
Trans Type
7 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.82
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 3.83
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Body Style
Wagon Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz R-Class Audi Q7
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Air Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.2 10.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 - TBD -
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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