2019 Audi Q7 vs 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 | Philadelphia
There aren’t too many competitors in the luxury midsize SUV market. Three of those competitors are German. Let’s take a look at two of them.
Today, we’ll be comparing the 2019 Audi Q7 55 Premium quattro AWD and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4Matic AWD SUVs. Which will come out on top?
2019 Audi Q7 55 Premium quattro
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4Matic
|3.0-liter supercharged V6||Engine||3.0-liter twin-turbo V6|
|329 hp / 325 lb-ft||Horsepower / Torque||329 hp / 354 lb-ft|
|quattro AWD||Drivetrain||4Matic AWD|
|8-speed shiftable automatic||Transmission||9-speed shiftable automatic|
|19 city / 25 hwy||Fuel Economy||17 city / 23 hwy|
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This claim might seem a bit strange given that the numbers of the GLE trump the Q7. However, critics back us up. The secret lies in the supercharger, the transmission, and the suspension. Superchargers are directly powered by the crankshaft; turbochargers are powered by exhaust pressure. This means that at the low-end of RPM—like when you’re idling at a streetlight—power with a supercharger is immediate upon acceleration. Turbos have to achieve a certain pressure first. This results in what’s called turbo lag, making low-end acceleration slower and less immediate. The 9-speed in the GLE is perfectly acceptable, however, the 8-speed in the Q7 is exceptional and refined; outside of a dual-clutch transmission, few transmissions feel as responsive at the 8-speed automatic in the Q7. Lastly, the ride quality in the Q7 is as excellent as its handling is agile, even when riding on rough roads. Unfortunately for the GLE, anything other than smooth pavement and you’ll feel every bump along the way.
Higher Standard Seating Capacity
The Q7 comes standard with three-row seating. That comes out to seven-person standard seating capacity. Captain’s chairs are available for the second row, reducing the capacity to six. The GLE 400? It has a three-row option, but that’ll set you back a few thousand dollars over the original price tag. The GLE is a five-seater with standard options.
Interested in the 2019 Audi Q7? Schedule a test drive at Audi Wynnewood near Philadelphia.