Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Audi Q7 VS 2015 Buick Enclave Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Audi Q7

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2015 Buick Enclave

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 Buick Enclave doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The Q7’s optional front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Enclave doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q7 and Enclave 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 Enclave’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 Enclave 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 Enclave.

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

The Q7 has standard Parking System Plus to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Enclave doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Q7 and the Enclave 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.

Warranty Comparison

The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Enclave’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Q7 has a standard 190-amp alternator. The Enclave’s 170-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Q7’s reliability will be 40% better than the Enclave.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Q7 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 270) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Q7 3.0 TFSI Prestige’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 45 more horsepower (333 vs. 288) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 270) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

The Q7’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 136 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 270) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q7 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave AWD (19 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

The Q7 has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Enclave (26.4 vs. 22 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 Enclave:



Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

The Q7 stops shorter than the Enclave:



60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q7 Prestige’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Enclave (295/35R21 vs. 255/60R19).

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 Enclave’s standard 65 series tires. The Q7 Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Enclave’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q7 Prestige offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Enclave’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 Enclave’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 Enclave doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Q7 handles at .84 G’s, while the Enclave AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Q7’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Enclave’s (39.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Q7 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Enclave (8.1 vs. 7.6 inches), allowing the Q7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Q7 air suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.8 inches higher than on the Enclave (9.4 vs. 7.6 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The front step up height for the Q7 is .5 inches lower than the Enclave (18.4” vs. 18.9”). The Q7’s rear step up height is 1.1 inches lower than the Enclave’s (18.7” vs. 19.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 Enclave doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q7’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Enclave’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Q7 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Enclave can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Audi Advanced Key standard on the Q7 Premium Plus/Prestige allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Buick Enclave doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Q7 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Enclave doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Enclave’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Enclave 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 Enclave doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 Enclave 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 Enclave doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The Q7 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Enclave. The Q7 also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Enclave.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Q7’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Enclave doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Q7 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Enclave doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Q7 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q7 with a number “8” insurance rate while the Enclave is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Q7 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Q7 will retain 51.6% to 53.44% of its original price after five years, while the Enclave only retains 46.95% to 49.04%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q7 is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because typical repairs cost much less on the Q7 than the Enclave, including $38 less for a water pump, $15 less for front brake pads, $29 less for a fuel pump and $1772 less for a power steering pump.

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