2017 Audi Q7 vs. Its Competition

2017 Audi Q7
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Audi Q7 remains a mechanical cousin to the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, but now it's moving to a new, lighter platform the automaker calls MLB.

Both the VW and Porsche focus a little more heavily on off-road ability, and the Porsche is more engaging for performance driving.

But that changes somewhat with the 700-pound weight loss of the Q7.

Neither of those other models offer the third row that you'll find in the Audi.

BMW's X5 is an excellent contender, with a handsome exterior and great driving dynamics.

The Lincoln MKT may be closer in flavor to the Q7, though it doesn't carry the same level of cachet.

The Mercedes GLS-Class is perhaps the most direct competitor, with equally efficient drivetrains, and an ample third row.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Audi Q7 gets a rakish new sport-wagon look, a finely detailed, tech-savvy interior, and serious chassis advancements underneath—including a dramatic weight loss, available rear-wheel steering, and a plug-in hybrid version.
The 2017 BMW X5 boasts a solid set of powertrains and features that move the sedan toward the top of any list of luxury SUVs.
The styling may be polarizing, but the comfortable, spacious interior and muscular turbo V-6 still make the MKT an outside pick against luxury crossovers.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS gets the first-class upgrade along with its name change—and a Maybach edition is waiting in the wings.
The 2017 Porsche Cayenne is versatile and roomy, yet it possesses road and even track performance to satisfy enthusiasts.
Although it might be sold alongside pedestrian Jettas, the Volkswagen Touareg looks and feels nearly like a full-on luxury SUV at a (slightly) cut-rate price.
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