Compare 2012 Audi Q7 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs 2012 Porsche Cayenne

2012 Audi Q7
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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2012 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 $55,753 $59,950
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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 $57,260 $61,570
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 450 13 18 $58,190 $62,570
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 550 12 17 $79,329 $85,300
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AWD 4-Door Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cayenne AWD 4-Door Manual 15 22 $43,200 $48,200
Cayenne AWD 4-Door S 16 22 $58,320 $65,000
Cayenne AWD 4-Door S Hybrid 20 24 $61,920 $69,000
Cayenne AWD 4-Door Tiptronic 16 23 $45,900 $51,200
Cayenne AWD 4-Door Turbo 15 22 $96,210 $107,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$47,849
$57,260
$43,200
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$51,450
$61,570
$48,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$858 / month
$1026 / month
$803 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi Q7 has what upscale suburban families want: a lavish interior, a cabin full of premium features, and performance and ride that are very carlike--plus serious towing ability if and when you need it. With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover. The 2012 Porsche Cayenne comes equipped to take on a rugged trail, the racetrack, and child ferrying, all in the same day.
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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
Third Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 58.9 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.3 67.1
Passenger Capacity
7 7 5
Third Head Room (in)
35.4 38.2 -
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
48.6 50.5 -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.1 39.5 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
39.5 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)
29.2 34.2 -
Second Head Room (in)
39.0 40.6 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
65.0 65.0 65.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 7.9 8.5
Length, Overall (in)
200.3 200.7 190.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.4 72.4 67.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - 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 78.3 76.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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 45.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.0 43.8 23.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 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 - TBD - 14.7 x 1.3 13.8 x 1.4
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 22.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 39.7 39.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Pwr Rack-&-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.66 3.6 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 18.6 15.9-12.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA P195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
265/50R19 P275/50R20 P255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
265/50R19 P275/50R20 P255/55R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
990 600 893
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6600 7500 5952
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5567 5512 4398
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 20 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
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 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x 6.5 NA 18 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
190 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
225 @ 3750 210 @ 3400 300 @ 6300
Engine Type
Turbocharged Diesel V6 Turbocharged Diesel V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
406 @ 1750 400 @ 1600-2400 295 @ 3000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/181 3.0L/182 3.6L/220
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 19 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 21 22
Transmission
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.07 3.42/2.23 - TBD -
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 - NA
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 10.2
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86 1.92 1.69
Trans Type
8 7 6
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.73 NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - TBD - 1.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD - - TBD -
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Audi Q7 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Porsche Cayenne
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.6 11.3 11.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 2 -
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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