The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. The 2017 Audi Q7

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2017 Audi Q7

2017 Audi Q7

Performance Capabilities

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS comes standard with the advanced 4MATIC® all-wheel drive system, and you’ll have three impressive powertrains to choose from. The GLS 350d gets a fuel-efficient 3.0L turbo-diesel, which makes 255 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. Step up to the GLS 450 for a bi-turbo 3.0L V6 that puts out 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Finally, at the top of the line is the GLS 550 with a 4.6L V8 that churns out 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

The 2017 Audi Q7 gets its own standard all-wheel drive system, but there are only two available engine options. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that only makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Even the available supercharged 3.0L V6 only makes 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, coming in well below the Mercedes-Benz GLS’s capabilities.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Available Cargo Space

Both the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS and 2017 Audi Q7 are high-end luxury SUVs with three rows of seats and a maximum passenger setup suitable for up to seven adult passengers. Still, when shopping for an SUV, spaciousness is rightfully near the top of your list of priorities, and when you need extra room for storage, the Mercedes-Benz GLS far outclasses the Audi Q7. In fact, the max cargo volume of the GLS is an extremely roomy 93.8 cubic feet. Compare that to the Q7, which has a max cargo volume of only 71.6 cubic feet, and the difference becomes abundantly clear.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS interior seating

Standard Features

In terms of must-have features, both the Mercedes-Benz and Audi models come equipped with a wide range of standard amenities, including heated front seats, a climate control system, power front seats, and an advanced infotainment system with premium apps, Bluetooth®* connectivity, and HD Radio. However, the Mercedes-Benz GLS also boasts an enlarged 8-inch display screen as standard equipment, while the Audi Q7 only gets a 7-inch display screen. Also, the Mercedes-Benz COMAND® infotainment system in particular comes with a specialized control knob and touch pad for intuitive, user-friendly navigability.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS interior features

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS is the Right Three-Row Crossover

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS and 2017 Audi Q7 are both all-new entries into the three-row crossover segment this year, so both models have been getting some attention. As you can see, though, the Mercedes-Benz crossover clearly outclasses its competition. Come to Mercedes-Benz of Newton to finance the new GLS SUV or simply to take it for a test drive and learn more. We’re located at 92 Hampton House Rd Newton, NJ, and you can reach us directly at (877) 870-6109.

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