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Audi Q7 3.0T: Beating Acura MDX, BMW X5, Land Rover LR4 and Lexus GX460 in comparison test!

Audi Q7 3.0T, Acura MDX, BMW X5, Land Rover LR4, Lexus GX460

The Audi Q7 3.0T has beaten the Acura MDX, the BMW X5, the Land Rover LR4 and the Lexus GX460 in a recent comparison test. Have a read!

The Q7’s exceptionally cautious stability control inhibited its skidpad and lane-change performance, although the vehicle generated a respectable 0.85 g. But good responses, combined with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system, gave the Q7 a decided edge on snowy highways.

The Quattro setup employed here splits torque 40/60 front to rear in normal operation via a center differential using a passive Torsen mechanical ­limited slip. When grip diminishes at one end, the differential reorients the torque to the axle ­possessing better traction, and the system uses selective single-wheel brake applications to make side-to-side traction adjustments.

Complaints were few. Though smooth, programming for the eight-speed automatic prioritized early upshifts, a fuel-economy measure that was occasionally irritating in traffic and didn’t save the Q7 from a so-so 17 mpg during our test. And all the drivers remarked on the Audi’s mass.

This didn’t keep the Q7 from scoring high in the fun-to-drive category, though. And that, combined with its good looks, comfort, and overall refinement, carried the day.