2011 Audi
Q5 Premium Plus
vs. 2011 Audi
Q7 Premium

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10.0

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$43,375

Reasons to buy the Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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Sporty performance
15.9 lb/hp
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Average power
270 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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Average-sized back seats
46.0 ft3
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Moon roof
Standard
2011 Audi Q7 Premium

9.4

Runner-up

Audi Q7 Premium

starting from

$52,325

Reasons to buy the Audi Q7 Premium

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average cargo space
72.5 ft3
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Fantastic range on the highway
660 miles
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Keyless entry
Standard
Performance 8.5 vs 10.0
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  • The Q5 Premium Plus's power-to-weight ratio is around 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.9 lb/hp vs 24.7 lb/hp
  • 20% more powerful, 270 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 225 HP @ 3,750 RPM
  • Almost the same, 38.1 ft vs 39.4 ft
Safety Features 9.4 vs 10.0
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  • The Q5 Premium Plus has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,950 cheaper (around 20% less), $43,375 vs $52,325
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 17 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Audi Q7 Premium Winner: Q7 Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • The Q7 Premium has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 11 vs 10
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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  • The Q5 Premium Plus has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the Q7 Premium is not bad, either
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
Overall 9.4 vs 10.0

Performance

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Q7 Premium
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Horsepower 225 HP @ 3,750 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Q5 Premium Plus is of average power, but the Q7 Premium is underpowered
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Number of gears 8 vs 6 Both have more gears, but the Q7 Premium in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Q7 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 24.7 lb/hp vs 15.9 lb/hp The Q5 Premium Plus is a sporty car, but the Q7 Premium is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.4 ft vs 38.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Q5 Premium Plus has a good number of airbags, but the Q7 Premium is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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MSRP $52,325 vs $43,375 The Q5 Premium Plus has a reasonable price, while the Q7 Premium is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 11 vs 10 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Q5 Premium Plus's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Q7 Premium does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio; in the Q7 Premium, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes The {better} has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Q7 Premium; but it's not available at all on the Q5 Premium Plus

Luxury Features

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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Q5 Premium Plus's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Q7 Premium; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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0-60 mph Unknown vs 7.1 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 130 ft The Q5 Premium Plus has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Q7 Premium is just OK
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 15.5 s s @ 93.0 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.85 g The Q5 Premium Plus has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the Q7 Premium is not bad, either
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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Q7 Premium
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The Q7 Premium has lots of passenger seats, but the Q5 Premium Plus has very few
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Cargo space 72.5 ft3 vs 57.3 ft3 The Q7 Premium has OK cargo room, while the Q5 Premium Plus has very little
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front seats 55.4 ft3 vs 52.2 ft3 The Q7 Premium has average-sized front seats, while the Q5 Premium Plus is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,279 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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