Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Audi Q7 VS 2014 Infiniti QX60 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Audi Q7

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2014 Infiniti QX60

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Infiniti QX60 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Q7 and QX60 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q7 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The QX60’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Q7 has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The QX60 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q7. But it costs extra on the QX60.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q7’s standard Hill Descent Control allow you to creep down safely. The QX60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Audi Q7 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The QX60 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Q7 and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Audi Q7 weighs 730 to 1089 pounds more than the Infiniti QX60. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX60’s (12 vs. 7 years).

There are over 66 percent more Audi dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q7’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Q7 has a standard 190-amp alternator. The QX60’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Q7 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 30 more horsepower (280 vs. 250) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 243) than the QX60 Hybrid’s standard 2.5 supercharged 4 cyl. hybrid. The Q7 3.0T’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 15 more horsepower (280 vs. 265) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 248) than the QX603.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The Q7 3.0T S line’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 68 more horsepower (333 vs. 265) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 248) than the QX603.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

The Q7’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 163 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 243) than the QX60 Hybrid’s standard 2.5 supercharged 4 cyl. hybrid. The Q7’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 158 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 248) than the QX603.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Q7 3.0T S line is faster than the QX603.5 3.5 DOHC V6:

Q7

QX60

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

20.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.9 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

90 MPH

Top Speed

130 MPH

121 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q7 TDI gets better highway fuel mileage than the QX603.5 AWD (28 hwy vs. 25 hwy).

The Q7 has 6.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (26.4 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX60:

Q7

QX60

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.13 inches

The Q7 stops much shorter than the QX60:

Q7

QX60

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the QX60 (255/55R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Q7 S line Prestige’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX60 (295/35R21 vs. 235/65R18).

The Q7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The Q7 S line Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the QX60’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q7 S line Prestige offers optional 21-inch wheels. The QX60’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q7 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Q7 Prestige has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Q7’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The QX60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the QX60 (118.2 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

The Q7 S line Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the QX603.5 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q7 3.0 TDI Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the QX603.5 AWD (28.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Q7 has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (8.1 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Q7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Q7 air suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 2.9 inches higher than on the QX60 (9.4 vs. 6.5 inches).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q7’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.

Q7

QX60

Third Seat Folded

42 cubic feet

40.8 cubic feet

The Q7’s cargo area is larger than the QX60’s in almost every dimension:

Q7

QX60

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

22”/47.3”/79.8”

20.7”/45”/78.5”

Max Width

54”

50”

The Q7 has standard second and third row seats that fold flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The QX60 only has a third row seat which folds into the floor. The QX60’s second row seat doesn’t fold into the floor and eats up cargo room.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Q7 and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Q7 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX60 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Q7’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX60’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q7 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The QX60 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Q7 Prestige offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The QX60 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Q7 Prestige has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The QX60 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Q7 has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The QX60 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The QX60 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The Q7 Premium Plus/Prestige has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The QX60 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q7 is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because typical repairs cost much less on the Q7 than the QX60, including $338 less for a water pump, $74 less for a fuel pump and $2482 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Q7 second among midsize premium CUVS in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The QX60 isn’t in the top three.

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