Can the Audi Q7 Facelift take on the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class?

Prior to the Q7’s facelift, Audi’s biggest SUV was the oldest car in its segment by a few years, yet it was still competitive. In fact, not only was it still competitive prior to its facelift but it was still among the best in the segment. Which is why Audi decided not to change much about it but instead simply update its looks and interior tech to hang with its newer rivals. Has that done enough to allow the still-aging Q7 to compete with its much fresher competition? Auto Express finds out in this new comparison test.


In this new test, we see the Audi Q7 facelift take on the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, one of the very latest entries to the large luxury SUV segment. Admittedly, the two cars aren’t exactly direct competitors. They’re similar in the sense that both have three rows of seating as standard and they’re each their brands’ biggest SUVs. However, the Q7 is more similar in size to the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, it just so happens to have seven seats as-standard.

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The GLS-Class is a bit bigger and quite a bit more expensive, so it’s more premium on the inside as well. So the Audi Q7 is at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to luxury but it’s at a bit of an advantage when it comes to price.


In the end, the Audi Q7 actually takes the win in an upset over Mercedes-Benz’s most premium SUV. While the GLS-Class is nicer on the inside and has more luxurious, that comes at an expense and not just its price. The Q7 is said to manage its weight better, making it ride better and be more comfortable. It’s also more engaging to drive, making it the driver’s choice. So when you combine its better ride and driving dynamics with its lower price point and a cabin that’s still lovely, the Audi Q7 is the better car overall.

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[Source: Auto Express]
Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.