Comparison between the 2020 Acura MDX and the 2020 Audi Q7
There are varying degrees of comfort and technology in the luxury crossover arena. Two examples are the 2020 Acura MDX and the 2020 Audi Q7.
2020 Acura MDX
Above average: Advanced all-wheel drive system, Hybrid model available, third row more spacious, known for its reliability and solid resale.
Below average: Dull interior design, arduous split-level screens, lack the prestige of some European luxury brands.
Consensus: The 2020 Acura MDX won the KBB 5-Year Purchase Cost Award in 2019 for its reliability, resale and reputation.
Audi Q7 2020
Above average: Refined exterior design, sleek interior, modern infotainment system, optional turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 or 4.0-liter V8 (SQ7), optional advanced adaptive air suspension.
Below average: No hybrid model offered, small third row, the options are expensive.
Consensus: The 2020 Audi Q7 is a 3-row luxury midsize crossover SUV with many standard features and high-tech features available such as Audi’s virtual cockpit. New for 2020 is the hot SQ7 which will be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 developing an estimated power of 500 horsepower.
MDX vs Q7: same class, different levels
The 2020 Acura MDX is a spacious and comfortable luxury SUV that comes equipped with a full package of safety and technology. The MDX offers two powertrains, a 3.5-liter V6 developing 290 horsepower mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, or the MDX Sport Hybrid which uses a 3.0-liter V6 paired with an electric motor and an automatic transmission. 7-speed dual clutch. Acura Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is optional. The system improves handling in all kinds of weather conditions and refines handling on dry pavement. However, it is not available on the hybrid. The only sticking point we have with the MDX is the confusing dual screen system which adds unnecessary confusion. While not as unique as its European counterparts, the 2020 Acura MDX offers the right amount of comfort and handling that typical drivers will find adequate, but at a considerably lower price point than the Audi Q7.
As a mid-size luxury SUV, the 2020 Audi Q7 offers a bit more in the luxury class. From its sleek exterior to its sleek interior, the Q7 delivers a high level of the lux factor. There are three turbocharged engines to choose from: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, a 3.0-liter V6, and a 4.0-liter V8 (SQ7), all with 8-speed automatic transmissions. All-wheel drive is standard on V6 and V8 models. We like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit which allows the driver to monitor instruments or 3D satellite maps, thanks to a 12.3-inch high-resolution digital display. This feature is not available on the base model. Audi’s adaptive air suspension is also available at Premium Plus level with the V6. This electronically controlled suspension improves ride quality and handling in various road conditions. Coupled with the rear wheel steering, the agility and handling of the Q7 is taken to another level.
Driving comfort, dual infotainment screen, both with V6 engines
Advantages of Acura MDX 2020
Reliability, resale and reputation
Advantages Audi Q7 2020
Refined styling inside and out, European handling and performance
It is a difficult decision. On the one hand, you have the Audi Q7 which is more attractive, more luxurious and more fun to drive. It also costs a lot more than the Acura MDX, which can be a factor. However, with its reputation, reliability and resale value, the Acura MDX may be the better choice.
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|2020 Acura MDX||Audi Q7 2020|
|Engine||3.5-liter V6||3.0-liter turbocharged V6|
|Power||290 hp at 6,200 rpm||248 hp at 5,000-6,000 rpm|
|Couple||267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||273 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 9-speed||Automatic, 8-speed|
|Fuel economy||23 mpg (20 city / 27 highway)||18 mpg (17 city / 21 highway)|
|Also available||3.0-liter hybrid V6||2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4|
|guarantee||4 years or 50,000 miles||4 years or 50,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 stars||n / A|
|Maximum seating capacity||7||7|
|Wheelbase||111.0 inch||n / A|
|Total length||196.2 inch||199.3 inch|
|Width||77.7 inch||77.6 inch|
|Height||67.4 inch||68.5 inch|
|Turning diameter||38.7 feet||41|
|Headroom, forward||38.1 inch||39.9 inch|
|Headroom, aft||38.3 inch||38.8 inch|
|Headroom, third row||35.6 inch||35.9 inch|
|Legroom, front||41.4 inch||41.7 inch|
|Legroom, rear||36.6 inch||38.8 inch|
|Third row legroom||30.9 inch||29.2 inch|
|Shoulder room, front||61.1 inch||59.5 inch|
|Shoulder room, rear||59.1 inch||58.5 inch|
|Shoulder room, third row||54.7 inch||49.4 inch|
|EPA passenger volume||132.7 cu. pi.||n / A|
|EPA cargo volume||90.9 cu. pi.||72.4 cu. pi.|