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Compare 2009 Audi Q7 vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2009 Audi Q7
2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Premium 17 25 $47,337 $50,900
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Premium Plus 17 25 $47,337 $50,900
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Prestige 17 25 $47,337 $50,900
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.6L 14 20 $40,456 $43,500
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.6L Premium 14 20 $43,618 $46,900
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.6L Premium Plus 14 20 $43,618 $46,900
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.6L Prestige 14 20 $43,618 $46,900
Q7 quattro 4-Door 4.2L Prestige 13 18 $55,075 $59,220
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4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI 18 24 $49,662 $53,400
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 4.6L 13 18 $51,987 $55,900
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door 5.5L 13 17 $71,959 $77,375
Pricing
Invoice Price
$47,337
$49,662
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$50,900
$53,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$848 / month
$890 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Audi Q7 is a good choice for those who want sophistication and style in an SUV but don’t need the overwrought off-road look. The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a superior sport-ute with lots of room and power.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 43.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.1 40.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
133.2 143
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 58.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 40.6
Third Leg Room (in)
- 34.0
Third Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Third Head Room (in)
- 38.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 50.5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.4 72.4 - 75.6
Liftover Height (in)
32.9 - 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 76.0
Track Width, Front (in)
65.0 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 7.9 (10.9 w/Air Suspension)
Length, Overall (in)
200.2 200.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 14.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 40.4
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
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.10 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.8 x 1.34 13.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 39.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.66 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P265/60R18
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P265/60R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 7500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
750 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5512 5296
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
520 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
TDI CDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
406 @ 1750 398 @ 1600 - 2800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/181 3.0L/182.3
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
225 @ 3750 215 @ 3800
Engine Type
Diesel V6 Diesel V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.45
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.42 (Comfort Mode: 2.23)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - TBD -
Summary
Body Style
4 Door SUV 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Audi Q7 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 4-Arm Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
4-Link w/Spring-Struts
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone w/Spring-Struts
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -

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