Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet TAHOE VS 2015 Audi Q7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet TAHOE

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2015 Audi Q7

Safety Comparison

The Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Q7 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Tahoe LTZ offers optional Crash Imminent 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 Tahoe’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.

To help make backing safer, the Tahoe (except LS)’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.

The Tahoe has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q7 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Tahoe 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tahoe for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q7.

There are over 16 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Tahoe has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Q7 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tahoe has a standard 660-amp battery. The Q7’s standard 380-amp battery and largest (TDI) 520 amp battery aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe third among large suvs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Q7 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The Tahoe’s 5.3 V8 produces 75 more horsepower (355 vs. 280) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 295) than the Q7 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Tahoe’s 5.3 V8 produces 22 more horsepower (355 vs. 333) and 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 325) than the Q7 3.0 TFSI Prestige’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Tahoe’s fuel efficiency. The Q7 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Tahoe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Tahoe stops shorter than the Q7:

Tahoe

Q7

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Tahoe has larger standard tires than the Q7 (265/65R18 vs. 255/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tahoe offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Q7’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

The Chevrolet Tahoe’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Audi Q7 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Tahoe has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Q7, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 3.7 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Q7.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Q7 can only carry 7.

The Tahoe has 3.3 inches more front headroom, 4 inches more front legroom, 6.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, 7 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.5 inches more third row headroom and 14 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Tahoe

Q7

Behind Third Seat

15.3 cubic feet

10.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

51.6 cubic feet

42 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

72.5 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tahoe’s (except LS) optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q7 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Tahoe’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Q7’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tahoe’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Q7 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Tahoe has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Tahoe’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Q7 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Tahoe has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Tahoe’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Q7’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Tahoe LT/LTZ allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q7 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Tahoe has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Audi Q7 by over five to one during the 2014 model year.

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