Audi Q7 vs Mercedes-Benz ML350

Audi Q7
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 200.4 (5089)
Width: 85.7 (2177)
Height: 68.4 (1737)

Mercedes-Benz ML350
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 188.5 (4788)
Width: 75.2 (1910)
Height: 69.8 (1773)

Compare Audi Q7 vs Mercedes-Benz ML350 (1:1)

Despite its big size, the 2012 Audi Q7 is actually short on dashboard room when compared to the competition. It is well crafted, though, and a superior long-distance road tripper, at least for passengers in the first two rows. Audi Q7 Diesel offers the following pros: Well-crafted interior; Autobahn-bred high-speed stability; available diesel motor. Audi Q7 Diesel drawbacks are: Cramped third-row seat; limited maximum trunk capacity; hefty car weight; no DVD entertainment system available.

The 2012 Audi Q7 is a full-size seven-passenger luxury SUV. It is available in Luxury, Luxury Plus and Prestige trims, with slight differences based on whether you opt for the TDI or 3. 0T engines.

The Luxury comes traditional with 18-inch alloy wheels, back parking sensors, roof rails, a performance liftgate (with programmable opening angle), automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic conditioning, heated 12-way performance front seatings and leather upholstery. Other traditional features include a tilt-and-telescoping helm, a reclining 40/20/40-split second-row bench, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI) and an 11-speaker audio system with console-mounted Six-cd changer, in-dash Single-cd player, radio and an Ipod interface. The TDI Luxury gets 19-inch wheels and add-on look chrome trim.

The Audi Q7 Luxury Plus gains adaptive xenon headlights, LED running lights, a panoramic sunroof (optional on Premium), a rearview camera, front parking sensors, auto-dimming and power-folding look mirrors, driver memory functions, a navigator (optional on Premium) and a Bose surround-sound system with HD radio and DVD stereo capability. The Warm Weather suite adds a deep-tint panoramic sunroof, four-zone automatic conditioning and manual sunshades for the back doors and tailgate.

The TDI Prestige adds 20-inch wheels (optional on Luxury Plus), cornering lights, keyless ignition/entry, a blind-spot warning system, performance tilt-and-telescoping helm, ventilated front seatings and the Warm Weather suite. The 3. 0T S line Prestige adds those extra items, plus a more comprehensive supercharged V6 than the other 3. 0T trims, various 20-inch wheels, headlight washers and special S line look trim and look-and-feel flourishes. The S line items are available on the TDI Prestige in an feature suite. Other features for both Prestige trims include an adaptive air suspension, 21-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system and an S line suite that adds special dashboard trim.

Auxillary on all trims are back side airbags, a Towing suite and a Cold Weather suite, which adds heated back seatings and a heated helm.
Wider, longer, lower - in brief, this is the formula for the impressive look of the new Mercedes-Benz M-class. Although the wheelbase and track of this successful SUV (sports Utility Vehicle) by Mercedes-Benz have been enlarged, the new M-class makes a very compact and concentrated impression. As a careful evolutionary workflow, the developers have given it even more dynamic but stylish lines. The result is a decidedly sporty and athletic character with a clear, comprehensive message.

The muscular impression is particularly created by the stylish interplay between the soft contours and angular components which structure the car body. Numerous surfaces are delineated by sharply-drawn, muscular lines. At the same time these contours are extremely modern, give an impression of performance, precision and solidity and create an interplay between light and shade which appeals from any angle. Moreover, many of the detailed features expressly indicate the off-road qualities of the new M-class.

The front end of the new M-class sends out comprehensive signals. A striking radiator grille immediately shows that this is a car with a personality of its own which will accompany its owner in any of life's situations. This impression is conveyed by the reliable look of the grille, which is characterised by three wide louvers with pronounced integral air apertures and the central Mercedes star. The strong horizontal lines of the radiator also emphasise the width of the car.