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2021 Audi Q7 vs. the Competition in Shreveport, LA

Choosing the best SUV for your drive can often come with long nights of research to find that perfect model. Here at our Audi dealership in Shreveport, we know how much of a challenge it can be to narrow down your selection to that ideal combination of power, capability, and comfort. We're happy to walk you through the benefits of purchasing or leasing a new Audi SUV, like the 2021 Audi Q7, which received a major redesign last year.

This Audi SUV puts your convenience and luxury first, ensuring that your daily commute is always first-rate. Even when matched up to competition, the Audi Q7 comes out looking like the clear choice. We recommend that you explore a comparison of the models below and see why the Audi Q7 is one of our top recommendations for families in Shreveport, Louisiana, and then stop by our dealership to see what our new Audi inventory has for you.

Audi Q7 vs. Volvo XC90: Interior Design and Features

Both models offer a unique experience for their passengers, with the 2021 Audi Q7 and 2021 Volvo XC90 both making room for up to seven passengers. However, the Audi Q7 takes comfort and luxury to the next level with available Valcona/Cricket leather seats, which are even nicer than the available Nappa leather seats in the XC90. The Audi Q7 also comes with heated front seats as standard equipment and cooled front seats as optional equipment - neither of which are offered on the XC90's base model. What's more, the Audi Q7 has more front-row headroom and legroom as well as rear legroom to ensure that you stay cozy on long drives. Overall, it's simply more comfortable.

Audi Q7 vs. Volvo XC90: Performance

When it comes to performance, you need an SUV that can handle your on-the-go lifestyle with ease. In this category, the 2021 Audi Q7 has a major lead. While both SUVs are offered with three different engines, all of them turbocharged, the Q7 delivers better performance at every turn. The top-of-the-line twin-turbo V8 offered in the SQ7 cranks out 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, which is significantly more than the 400 hp and 472 lb-ft produced by the XC90's most powerful engine. This difference in power has major repercussions on real-world capability: The Q7 can tow up to 7,700 pounds while the XC90 is limited to just 5,000 pounds.

To make matters worse for the XC90, the Audi Q7 gets standard quattro® all-wheel drive, the world's leading AWD system, providing you with enhanced control and better grip powering out of corners or simply driving up a snowy driveway. The Volvo XC90 has standard front-wheel drive and requires you to pay extra to unlock its inferior AWD system.

Audi Q7 vs. Volvo XC90: Safety

Both Audi and Volvo are industry leaders when it comes to safety, and both the 2021 Q7 and 2021 XC90 perform extremely well in crashworthiness evaluations. You won't find much to differentiate the two SUVs here. Both come with standard or optional automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, and more. Notably, the Audi Q7 does stand out for a semi-autonomous driving mode offered with its available adaptive cruise control system. The XC90 has no such feature, making it less convenient to drive on long road trips.

Audi Q7 vs. Volvo XC90: Value

When it comes to value, it's not hard to see why the Audi Q7 comes out on top between these two luxury SUVs. The 2021 Audi Q7 comes with more standard features, more power and performance, standard quattro® all-wheel drive, and more comfort than its Swedish-made rival. They also have comparable starting prices, so if you're debating between the two, it simply makes more sense to go with the 2021 Q7. Get a closer look at the Q7 at Audi Shreveport.

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Audi Q7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS: Interior Design and Features

Audi designed the new Q7 to feel like a paradise on wheels. Whether you're cruising around Shreveport or headed out to Bossier City, Longview, or Monroe, the 2021 Audi Q7 offers a more refined riding experience than what you'll get in the Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Despite starting at a price that's tens of thousands of dollars lower than the GLS's base price, the 2021 Audi Q7 delivers an interior that's no less refined and elevated. Even if you upgrade to the top-of-the-line Q7 Prestige, you'll still pay thousands less than you would for the Mercedes-Benz while enjoying perks like the Executive package and smooth-riding Audi adaptive air suspension.

On top of that, the 2021 Audi Q7 offers more comfort in the front row with more headroom and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz GLS does. Passengers also have more control over their experience with standard three-zone automatic climate control, which is superior to the GLE's standard dual-zone system.

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Audi Q7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS: Safety

Confidence is about more than looking good and feeling good at the wheel. With the 2021 Audi Q8, confidence also comes in the form of a suite of standard driver-assist technologies. Offering superior protection, the Q7 is a smart, safe choice for families in Shreveport.

One feature that's standard on the Q7 but not the Mercedes-Benz GLS is Audi side assist with pre sense® rear. Using bumper-mounted radar sensors, Audi pre sense® rear detects a potential rear collision and helps prepare you for it by pretensioning the seatbelts and closing the windows.

The 2021 Q7 also offers available Audi Adaptive Cruise Assist with Traffic Jam Assist and Turn Assist. This optional system provides much-needed relief in heavy traffic for your next trip out to Texarkana. It adapts automatically to the flow of traffic around you so that you can relax even during rush hour. That's the confidence you get from driving the new 2021 Audi Q7.

Audi Q7 vs Lexus RX

Superior Standard And Optional Engines

The Audi Q7 and Lexus RX are luxury SUVs that combine family-friendly spaciousness with enthusiast-friendly driving dynamics. But if you're looking for a practical ride that's fun behind the wheel, you'll find the Q7 to be the better vehicle.

Whether you're considering either SUV's standard or optional engines, the Q7 has more to offer. Its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces more torque and faster acceleration than the standard V6 on the Lexus RX.

The optional turbocharged V6 in the Q7 - which uses a 48-volt hybrid system to make 335 horsepower - is also substantially faster than the RX's V6, including the RX 450h that throws two electric motors into the mix.

The Audi Q7 also uses standard quattro® all-wheel-drive, and while the Lexus RX is also available with its own AWD system, you'll have to pay extra to get it. With its optional air suspension and four-wheel steering, the Q7 also delivers superior handling and ride comfort. All around, it's just a nicer vehicle to ride in, whether you're cruising around Longview or Bossier City.

Cutting-Edge Interior Technologies

It only takes a few second inside each vehicle to discern that the Audi Q7 is a level above the Lexus RX - if not a few levels.

Its contemporary, minimalist design is complemented by beautiful materials, ergonomic controls, and cutting-edge infotainment technologies. Material quality in the RX is good as well, but the overall design looks very last-gen, with lots of buttons and knobs and a small, standard 8-inch touch screen mounted atop the dashboard. The Q7 uses motion sensors and touch panels to create a truly clean look and comes with a standard 10.1-inch touch screen in addition to another 8.6-inch screen for added control.

The Q7 also has room for up to seven people (as opposed to five for the RX), tri-zone automatic climate control (as opposed to dual-zone), and a nicer optional sound system: a 23-speaker setup by Bang & Olufsen®, compared to a 15-speaker system by Mark Levinson for the Lexus.

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

Power and Capability

The Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 offer comparable horsepower with their standard 2.0-liter engines. However, the Q7 produces more torque - 273 lb-ft against the XC90's 258 lb-ft- to help it achieve superior acceleration for merging onto Shreveport highways or taking off when the traffic light turns green. 

 The Q7 also offers an available 3.0-liter V6. Delivering 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, this engine easily beats a similar XC90 engine that makes just 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Audi V6 can also tow up to 7,700 pounds, far more than the Volvo model's 5,000-pound max - making it better for towing a boat to Wright Patman Lake or Millwood Lake near Texarkana.

The Incredible SQ7

For the ultimate Q7 experience, choose the splendidly powerful Audi SQ7. The SQ7 blows away anything you'll find in the Volvo XC90 lineup. It boasts a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that makes a massive 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. The SQ7 also delivers even more agile handling to go with its sporty styling and exclusively luxurious interior materials.

Standard AWD

No matter which Audi Q7 model you choose, you'll receive standard quattro® all-wheel drive with ultra® technology. When you need extra grip for responsive performance or to handle wet pavement in a Monroe or Longview rainstorm, this advanced system uses real-time data to send power to all four wheels. It can also deactivate when it's not needed to give you better efficiency. 

While the Volvo XC90 also offers AWD, it's only available as an option, making you pay more for what Audi provides at no extra charge.

Interior Comfort and Space

In a showdown between these rival three-row, seven-seat SUVs, the Audi Q7 wins out as the more spacious choice for passengers. Compared to the XC90, the Q7 boasts more headroom and legroom in the first row and second row. It also comes with more third-row shoulder room so rear riders can feel less squeezed.

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