Both the Audi Q7 and Acura MDX are interesting cars in that they’re both seven-seat SUVs that don’t actually look like it from the outside. While the Q7 is a bit bigger than its counterparts in the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, it doesn’t look as big as the other full-size, seven-seat SUVs. The same goes for the Acura MDX, as it’s bigger than most of the cars in its class but it doesn’t seem it.
So how do these two large-ish SUVs get on when put back-to-back for a test? In this new comparison from Kelley Blue Book, we get to see which they feel is the better buy.
In non-hybrid variants, both cars use V6 engines; the Audi Q7 gets a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 and the Acura MDX has a 3.5 liter naturally-aspirated V6. The Audi is more powerful, with 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. While the MDX only has 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft. However, to make things a bit more even, the Q7 is also available with a 2.0 liter turbo-four, with 248 horsepower and 274 lb-ft. That smaller four-pot also makes the Q7 closer to the MDX’s price range.
On the road, it’s the Audi Q7 that’s said to be the better car. It’s more comfortable, more fun to drive and just more premium feeling over all. The Acura MDX isn’t a bad car to drive by any means but it’s not as good as the Q7.
However, the MDX counters that by being significantly cheaper than the Q7. Starting at $45,395, the Acura MDX is roughly $10,000 cheaper to start than the Audi Q7, which wears a $55,795. And that’s using the Q7 2.0, which is less powerful than the MDX.
Though, the Q7 makes its price point understood from inside. Its cabin is far better than the MDX’s, with richer materials, better space and far better cabin technology. While the MDX is nice and beautifully built, its materials aren’t on the same level as the Q7’s and its tech is lacking, to put it politely.
In the end, the Audi Q7 is said to be the better car but the MDX is the better value. Plus, the MDX comes from a brand with a better reputation for reliability. So if you’re looking more for value than luxury, the MDX is a great buy. If you want something more premium feeling and are willing to spend the extra money, the Q7 certainly won’t let you down.