Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT VS 2014 Audi Q7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT

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2014 Audi Q7

Safety Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport offers optional Intelligent Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Q7 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Q7 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Q7 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Q7 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Engine Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 60 more horsepower (340 vs. 280) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 295) than the Q7 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 7 more horsepower (340 vs. 333) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 325) than the Q7 3.0T S line’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 177 more horsepower (510 vs. 333) and 136 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 325) than the Q7 3.0T S line’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Range Rover Sport 5.0 Supercharged is faster than the Q7 3.0T S line:

Range Rover Sport

Q7

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11 sec

17.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.9 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109 MPH

94 MPH

Top Speed

133 MPH

130 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport 3.0 Supercharged gets better fuel mileage than the Q7 3.0T (17 city/23 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q7 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Range Rover Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Q7 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover Sport has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q7 (27.7 vs. 26.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport 5.0 Supercharged’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q7:

Range Rover Sport

Q7

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the Q7:

Range Rover Sport

Q7

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

150 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q7’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Q7. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Q7 S line Prestige.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Range Rover Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The Q7’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Range Rover Sport 5.0 Supercharged has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Q7 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Q7, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.5 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than on the Q7.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged handles at .86 G’s, while the Q7 pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Q7 3.0 TDI Premium (25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 2.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Q7 (11 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 1.6 inches higher than on the Q7 air suspension (11 vs. 9.4 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

The Range Rover Sport is 9.3 inches shorter than the Q7, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Range Rover Sport’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Q7 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Q7 Premium Plus/Prestige, the Range Rover Sport has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Q7.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Range Rover Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q7 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q7 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The Q7 has never been chosen.

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