2018 Audi Q7 vs. Its Competition

2018 Audi Q7
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

There’s no shortage of luxury crossovers available for buyers to test drive, but the 2018 Audi Q7 offers plenty of compelling reasons to buy it over its rivals.

The BMW X5 has a nice choice of engines available, yet its third row is especially cramped and it simply doesn’t drive as well as the Audi.

Mercedes’ GLS-Class offers up an even more upscale feel than the Audi—as it should given its base price is nearly $70,000.

The Infiniti QX60 falls at the opposite end of the spectrum, undercutting the Q7 by around $7,000 and, frankly, feeling like its lower price would suggest.

The Lexus GX 460 features a separate frame and a truck-like suspension that endows it with serious off-road chops and excellent towing ability at the expense of in-town refinement.

Perhaps the Q7’s most direct rival is the attractive Volvo XC90, a model that rebooted the Swedish brand.

We struggle to pick a favorite.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2018 Audi Q7 delivers exactly what luxury buyers want: room for the whole family and some of the most advanced technology ever fitted to a new car.
7.2
The 2018 BMW X5 remains a thoughtful crossover SUV for families, although enthusiasts may be left wanting unless the right options are selected.
6.8
The 2018 Infiniti QX60 is an elegant, and simple, solution for families looking for a luxury crossover.
6.0
The Lexus GX 460 pairs scads of off-road hardware with lots of luxury trim, but most drivers will be better off with a crossover.
7.8
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS takes an old-school tack to modern-SUV design, and it works.
7.2
The 2018 Volvo XC90 is the crossover success that brought new buyers into the brand. Its mix of good looks and excellent tech make it a major player now.
MSRP From     
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Gas Mileage     
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2.0 TFSI PremiumsDrive35i Sports Activity VehicleFWDGX 460 4WDGLS 450 4MATIC SUVT5 FWD 7-Passenger Momentum
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Passenger Capacity     
757777
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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