Compare 2011 Audi Q7 vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs 2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Audi Q7
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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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2011 Porsche Cayenne
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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 $47,849 $51,450
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Premium Plus 17 25 $47,849 $51,450
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Prestige 17 25 $47,849 $51,450
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium 16 22 $43,013 $46,250
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus 16 22 $43,013 $46,250
Q7 quattro 4-Door 3.0T S line 16 22 $55,289 $59,450
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4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC 17 21 $56,684 $60,950
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 450 13 18 $57,614 $61,950
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 550 12 17 $78,539 $84,450
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AWD 4-Door Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cayenne AWD 4-Door Manual 15 22 $42,750 $47,700
Cayenne AWD 4-Door S 16 22 $57,780 $64,400
Cayenne AWD 4-Door S Hybrid 21 25 $60,750 $67,700
Cayenne AWD 4-Door Tiptronic 16 23 $45,300 $50,700
Cayenne AWD 4-Door Turbo 15 22 $95,220 $106,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$47,849
$56,684
$42,750
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$51,450
$60,950
$47,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$858 / month
$1016 / month
$795 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
9.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
With a diesel option and a softer silhouette, the 2011 Audi Q7 does its part to tame the SUV bad-boy image. A nimble ride and elegant, tough styling help the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class charm the mud right off a Range Rover. 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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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 21 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 40.6 - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 58.9 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.3 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
7 7 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.1 39.5 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.1 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 58.3 58.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
133.2 143.0 - TBD -
Third Leg Room (in)
- 34.2 -
Third Hip Room (in)
- - TBD - -
Third Head Room (in)
- 38.2 -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 50.5 -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 7.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
200.3 200.6 190.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.4 72.4 67.4
Liftover Height (in)
32.9 - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.0 65.1 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
118.2 121.1 114.0
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.1 76.4 76.3
Track Width, Front (in)
65.0 65.0 65.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
10.9 14.3 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 40.4 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 51.5 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.0 43.8 23.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 31.4 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 83.8 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.5 83.3 62.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - 18.9 NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.10 13.0 x 0.9 13.0 x 1.1
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.8 x 1.34 14.7 x 1.3 13.8 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 26.4 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 39.7 39.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-Sensitive Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.66 3.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 18.6 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
265/50R19 P275/50R20 P255/55R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
HL7 NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
265/50R19 P275/50R20 P255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
HL7 NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
550 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
750 600 893
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5500 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5500 7500 5952
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5567 5423 4398
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 20 x 8.5 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 20 x 8.5 18 x 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.5 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
520 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/181 3.0L/182 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
225 @ 3750 210 @ 3800 300 @ 6300
Engine Type
Diesel V6 Turbocharged Diesel V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
406 @ 1750 400 @ 1600 - 2400 295 @ 3000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 19 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 21 22
Transmission
Trans Type
8 7 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.21 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 - -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.07 3.42/2.23 4.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.86 2.53
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.45 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.37 1.21
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic Manual w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.73 -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.97 4.38 4.68
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA 10.1
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86 1.92 1.69
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - TBD - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD - NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door SUV Sport Utility 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Audi Q7 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Porsche Cayenne
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Four-link w/wtabilizer bar Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
4-Link Airmatic Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Control arm w/stabilizer bar Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Airmatic Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 2 3
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.6 11.1 10.4
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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