2013 Audi Q7 vs. Its Competition

2013 Audi Q7 TDI quattro
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Ranging in price from $46,250 to more than $60,000, the 2013 Audi Q7 competes with a range of strong alternatives, including the 2013 Porsche Cayenne, 2013 BMW X5, 2013 Lincoln MKT, and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class.

Though the Cayenne is the closest relation to the Q7, its lack of a third row means it's not as capacious, and its interior isn't as polished as the Audi's, though the Porsche does offer more off-road capability if that's important to you.

The Mercedes-Benz GL Class has a different, if equally stylish, take on SUV design, with new engines and options for 2013, and may be the Q7's strongest competitor.

The BMW X5 is, like the Cayenne, smaller than the Q7 inside, but offers even greater on-road performance, particularly in X5 M trim.

The Lincoln MKT is an unusual alternative, with similar space and style to the Q7, but with controversial exterior styling that will polarize shoppers--and then there's Lincoln's brand reputation, which may not carry the same weight as Audi to some luxury buyers.

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8.6
The 2013 Audi Q7 is a premium, lavishly-appointed three-row utility vehicle with great on-road manners and capability, plus towing ability--without the off-road style or pretense.
8.0
While it's not as fresh-faced as some of the competition, the 2013 BMW X5 continues to shine in utility, comfort, driving, and, in the X5 M, shockingly high performance.
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The shape of the 2013 Lincoln MKT might be polarizing, but there's undeniable charm in its luxurious cabin, its feature set and, surprisingly, its (EcoBoost) driving experience.
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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class is a pricey way to go, but it's a luxury family wagon with great fuel economy and road manners, and some thoughtful new safety and luxury features to boot.
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The 2013 Porsche Cayenne spans a wide range of capabilities, from basic family hauler to track-worthy sports SUV, with a few stops in between--including a brand new diesel.
MSRP From    
$46,800$47,500$45,285$62,400$48,850
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Style Name    
quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusAWD 4-Door xDrive35i4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTECAWD 4-Door Manual
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
75775
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManual