2018 Audi Q3 vs 2018 Audi Q7

Audi Q3

  • Standard Engine2.0 TFSI®
  • Horsepower200
  • MPG (city/hwy) *20 / 28
  • Seats5

Audi Q7

  • Standard Engine2.0 TFSI®
  • Horsepower200
  • MPG (city/hwy) *19 / 25
  • Seats7

Specs at a Glance


With the SUV lineup at Audi, you'll find handsome design, ample wiggle room, and true utility. Upscale interiors provide a luxury ride whether it's just for you or for a family of seven. In this comparison, we'll look at the compact Audi Q3 and midsized Audi Q7.

You can be sure that both models emphasize performance. After all, it's the Audi way. A six-speed Tiptronic automatic controls the action for the 2.0-L TFSI four-cylinder engine on the Q3. Outlay is 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and Audi's all-wheel drive is available. Since it is bigger and seats more people, it's only logical that the Audi Q7 would have more power. The first engine is a four-cylinder turbo with 252 horsepower, 272 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 4,400-pound tow rating. This 3.0L TFSI turbo spits out 333 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Action is controlled by an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. You can tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.


Made for busy urban spaces, the compact Audi Q3 crossover is a sleek ride with a sporty attitude. The look is fronted by a Q-design grille and radiator guard. Ground clearance is 6.7 inches. LED tail lights create a nighttime signature. Day or night, a panoramic sunroof adds an openness to the cabin. The three-spoke Q-design steering wheel is surrounded by advanced technology. Leather upholstery covers two rows of seating for five. The front seats are 12-way power-adjustable. With the seats folded, the hold grows from 16.7 to 50 cubic feet.

Having reduced its weight by some 475 pounds, the Audi Q7 is lighter than it appears. Up front it wears a three-dimensional Singleframe grille. The LED taillights form a double-arrow design. A double-inlay dash design places everything in easy reach of the busy driver. Three rows of seats take care of seven people. For hauling, these include a split-fold 35/30/35 second row and a 50/50 power-fold third row. Cargo space can grow from 37 to 71 cubic feet. While the Audi Q3 can be packed with luxuries, the Audi Q7 can overflow with the most upscale items including a luscious Valcona leather. Adaptive ambient lighting comes with up to 9,000 color combinations. Power seats can include ventilation and massage functions. Power-adjusting steering columns, a four-zone automatic climate system, and other top amenities are on the Audi Q7 menu.


Standard on the Q3, the Audi MMI system is a helpful infotainment system with a special controller. Audi Connect adds in-vehicle Wi-Fi. When it comes to safety, rain sensitive wipers and front/rear parking acoustic sensors are Q3 standards. The rearview camera provides a 130-degree view. You can get Audi pre-sense side, which acts as a blind zone monitor.

The Audi virtual cockpit adds a 12.3-inch instrumentation panel screen behind the steering wheel on the 2018 Audi Q7. This model has the MMI system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 558-watt BOSE 3D system will surround you with 19 speakers. It has standard Audi pre sense city, pre sense rear, collision avoidance assist, turn assist, and rear cross traffic alert. With all of these on board, the Q7 driver has more tools to help avoid an accident. An Audi exclusive, vehicle exit assist warns you about cars that could hit you as you depart from the Q7. Available features include adaptive cruise control, a top view camera system, and a night vision assistant.

Choosing the right Audi will probably require a test drive, but that's part of the fun. You can get behind the wheel of the Q3 or Q7 at Audi of Springfield.

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* EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.