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2011 Audi Q7 vs. Its Competition

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Unlike the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg--its mechanical cousins--the Audi Q7 has a third-row seat.

Even so, the Cayenne's a tempting alternative for badge-aholics who also want ground clearance and some moderate off-road capability.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV has crisp lines and a luxurious, roomy interior; it's one of our favorite big utes.

The BMW X5 also can be ordered with a third-row seat, and even if it's tighter and plainer than the Mercedes, it comes with a fetching alternative: the X5 M and its twin-turbo V-8.

So what to make of the massive, flamboyant Lincoln MKT? It's a seven-seat crossover that outpoints the Audi on interior room, with a cabin that's the equal of the Q7 on style.

The narwhal grille isn't everyone's favorite, though, and it's a stretch to say Lincoln's brand means the same thing to luxury car shoppers as Audi.

But with its acres of interior room, good handling, and turbocharged V-6 option, it's a strong dark-horse challenger in this pack.

2011 Audi Q72011 Audi Q72011 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW X52010 Lincoln MKT 4-door Wagon 3.7L FWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lincoln MKT2011 Mercedes-Benz GL Class 4MATIC 4-door 4.6L Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz GL Class2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid2011 Porsche Cayenne
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With a diesel option and a softer silhouette, the 2011 Audi Q7 does its part to tame the SUV bad-boy image.
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The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5.
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The swinging style sets an audacious mood—and the 2011 Lincoln MKT backs it up with turbo V-6 thrust.
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A nimble ride and elegant, tough styling help the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class charm the mud right off a Range Rover.
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The new 2011 Porsche Cayenne is one of the few vehicles you can take off-road and out to the track on the same day; it's leaner and more athletic than before, without giving up the off-road ability.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Style Name    
quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusAWD 4-Door 35i4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTECAWD 4-Door Manual
All Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility VehicleStation WagonSport Utility4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManual w/OD
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