Head to head view comparing the 2019 Audi Q7 to the 2019 Acura MDX 

When it comes to buying a luxury midsize SUV, many people are conflicted with the choice between an Audi Q7 and Acura MDX. The first thing most drivers look at is the price. While the 2019 Audi Q7 Premium starts at $53,550 and the 2019 Acura MDX starts at $44,300, this isn't a fair comparison of what to expect solely based on price. It's important to compare the Audi Q7 to the Acura MDX by looking at other factors such as which one performs better, which SUV features more luxury, how the interior space stacks up and what safety technology each one is equipped with. In this evaluation, you will see the full 2019 Audi Q7 vs. 2019 Acura MDX comparison so you can make an informed decision when you set out to buy a luxury SUV in Colorado Springs. 

2019 Audi Q7

Exterior of a turquoise 2019 Audi Q7 driving down a city street


The 2019 Audi Q7 has room for 7 people. There is 0.3 inches more front headroom than in the Acura MDX. You also gain an extra 0.3 inches of front legroom, 0.5 inches additional rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, 0.3 inches more third-row headroom plus an extra 1.1 inches more third-row legroom than you will find in an MDX. The Audi Q7 interior design is elegant and opulent coming standard with leather. The luxury Audi Q7 SUV is equipped with 14.8 cubic feet of cargo room behind the back seats. Press a switch to automatically lower the 3rd row of seats. With both rows down, you have 71.6 cubic feet of space plus a liftgate that opens or closes by waving your foot underneath.

As far as standard features, it's clear to see in the Audi Q7 vs. Acura MDX comparison, how rich the Q7 really is. It contains an MMI infotainment system, 8.3-inch display, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, handwriting recognition, a navigation system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, heated seats, a panoramic sunroof, and parking sensors. 


The various Audi Q7 packages offer optional 21-inch wheels that are larger than any offered on the MDX. The matching tires provide better traction, so you have peace of mind while traveling with the family. Furthermore, the run-flat tires can be driven up to 50 miles without air pressure. This gives you time to get to a reputable Audi service center for repair. You have 9 color options to reflect your style. Choose from Carrara White, Cobra Beige Metallic, Florett Silver Metallic, Galaxy Blue Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Navarra Blue Metallic, Night Black, Orca Black Metallic, and Samurai Gray Metallic to stand out in the crowd.


The 2019 Audi Q7 features a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 273 lb-ft of torque and achieves 19 city / 25 hwy mpg ratings. This is 6 lb-ft more torque than the standard MDX engine. If you opt for the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 instead, you receive an additional 8 horsepower at 329 HP. In addition, you can put regular unleaded gas in your Q7 whereas the MDX requires premium. This creates substantial savings at the gas pump but might cause build up over time. As far as towing is concerned, the Q7 will tow up to 7,700 lbs. compared to the 5,000 lb. max tow rating of the MDX.


Interior of a 2019 Audi Q7 luxury SUV

Inside the Audi Q7, you have power child safety locks to activate additional measures from the driver's seat. This Audi SUV features standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, forward collision prevention and an optional backup collision prevention system. AWD comes standard on the Q7, but costs extra on the MDX. This system helps provide additional traction and stability. On the Q7 Prestige model, you gain the passive infrared night vision system to offer further security while traveling at night with your family.

2019 Acura MDX

Exterior view of a 2019 Acura MDX driving over a bridge in the country crossing a river


Right at the beginning of the Acura MDX comparison, you see that you have to opt for a 7-passenger configuration to get the seating that you need. Furthermore, you have less trunk room when compared with the Q7 cargo space. With the seats up, you have access to 15 cubic feet, but only 68 cubic feet when both rows are folded. Furthermore, there's no hands-free liftgate. If your hands are full and you need to load the trunk, you must put your gear down first. In addition, the interior of the MDX isn't as luxurious as you would hope for. It features numerous plastic components and doesn't help you to feel like a VIP.

Standard technology on the MDX includes a moonroof, dual-screen infotainment system, 6 USB ports, Bluetooth, an 8-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You can also expect heated front seats, a rearview camera plus the AcuraWatch ™ suite of safety features. Overall, the 2019 Audi Q7 provides your family with a better value for the money, plus a more luxurious experience on the road.


The largest wheels available on the Acura MDX are 20 inches, which is smaller than the options on the Q7. This luxury SUV doesn't offer the run-flat tires, so you might be left changing your tire on the side of the road. This alone proves that the MDX can't compete with the Audi Q7 reliability. You will have 9 color options with this SUV such as White Diamond Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic, Apex Blue Pearl, Fathom Blue Pearl, and Gunmetal Metallic.


When looking at the Acura MDX compared to the Audi Q7, you quickly see that the MDX can't compete with the Q7 in terms of engine power but achieves slightly better fuel economy with 20 city / 27 hwy mpg ratings. When Motor Trend tested the two, they found the Q7 55 TFSI 3.0-liter supercharged V6 performed better than the MDX V6 engine. The Acura had a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds while the Audi clocked in at 5.4 seconds. At a ¼ mile, the Q7 reached 100.2 mph while the MDX only hit 94.6 mph. If you desire a responsive performance, it's clear to see that the Q7 outperforms the MDX.


Interior view of a 2019 Acura MDX

In the Acura MDX, you don't have power child safety locks. Instead, you have to activate them at the door. There's no way to tell if they are working or if they are enabled. Furthermore, the Acura SUV doesn't come with a secondary brake assist function. You will need to pay extra to get a model equipped with AWD drivetrain. Finally, you will notice that the Q7 has brake rotors that are larger than those on the MDX. This means it will take you longer to stop in your MDX which could make the difference between stopping on time or hitting something with your family in the vehicle.

Audi vs. Acura: Go with the Q7

After this in-depth comparison between the Audi Q7 vs. Acura MDX, the clear winner is the 2019 Audi Q7. The price is steeper but with the additional luxury and safety features backed by superior performance the choice becomes clear. Stop by Audi of Colorado Springs today to test drive the exceptional 2019 Audi Q7. We have some fantastic offers and lease deals on our 2019 Audi models available right now.

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