Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Lincoln MKT VS 2017 Audi Q7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Lincoln MKT

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2017 Audi Q7

Safety Comparison

The middle row seatbelts optional on the MKT inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Q7 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the MKT 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKT 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MKT’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the MKT has a standard 200-amp alternator. The Q7’s standard 120-amp alternator and largest (optional) 180-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 11th.

Engine Comparison

The MKT’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 51 more horsepower (303 vs. 252) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 273) than the Q7 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The MKT’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 32 more horsepower (365 vs. 333) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 325) than the Q7 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKT twin turbo V6 is faster than the Q7 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.8 MPH

96 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln MKT uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 3.5 turbo V6 engine for maximum performance). The Q7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The MKT has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Q7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The MKT has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Q7; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q7 don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The MKT’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q7 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Lincoln MKT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

Passenger Space Comparison

The MKT has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom and 3.8 inches more third row legroom than the Q7.

The MKT 3.5L GTDI has a standard rear tailgate seat that can be flipped rearward and used for tailgate picnics. (Do not use seat reversed while vehicle in motion.) The Q7 doesn’t offer a rear tailgate seat.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

17.9 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

39.6 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

75.9 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

The MKT has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Q7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The MKT 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKT’s exterior PIN entry system. The Q7 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Audi Connect can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the MKT 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.

The MKT has standard front air conditioned seats and the MKT 3.5L GTDI offers them optionally in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Q7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The MKT 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.

The MKT 3.5L GTDI’s optional Active 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

The MKT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2009. The Q7 has never been an “All Star.”

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