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2014 Audi Q7 vs. Its Competition

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The Audi Q7 has a wide range of luxury crossovers in its sights.

The Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg are just a couple of them (both related somewhat to the Q7), but both of those models make more of an attempt to preserve off-road ability; they're also five-passenger vehicles, without the Q7's available third row.

Another strong rival is the BMW X5; the X5 is all-new this year, and while we haven't yet driven it at the time of posting it's expected to be more fuel-efficient and road-oriented than ever, with an interior that's more like that of BMW's recent passenger cars.

The Lincoln MKT is another worthy alternative; it doesn't have the Q7's reputation or rich attention to detail, but it does have a great cabin design and oodles of interior space.

Mercedes-Benz GL Class, in our opinion, comes the closest to offering what the Q7 does; like the Audi, it has a great turbo-diesel engine, three rows, and rich interior appointments—although it does offer a little more trucklike ruggedness as part of the package.

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There's much to love about the 2014 Audi Q7 and few if any failings; it does everything a three-row crossover vehicle should do, with great elegance and sophistication—and skips the faux-rugged nonsense.
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The 2014 BMW X5 lightens up its look and its act with a warmer cabin, lots of techno handling tricks, and standout safety gear.
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The provocative Lincoln MKT has undeniable charm--a fantastic cabin, great infotainment features, and paddle-shifted EcoBoost power--but you have to buy into the look.
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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL may be an expensive way to haul the family around, but it has excellent driving manners and some very sophisticated safety technology, too.
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Yes, Porsche does make a family car, and this is it; the 2014 Cayenne runs the gamut from sporty errand mule to track-worthy sports SUV, with some interesting green options in between.
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The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is an expensive way to purchase a mainstream brand's vehicle, but it's more luxurious than many of its mainstream competitors.
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