North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Expedition EL VS 2017 Audi Q7 Near Ellijay, GA

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2017 Ford Expedition EL

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2017 Audi Q7

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Ford Expedition are height-adjustable, and the middle seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Audi Q7 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle seat belts.

Both the Expedition and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Ford Expedition weighs 624 to 851 pounds more than the Audi Q7. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Expedition 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 15 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Expedition’s reliability will be 49% better than the Q7.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition third among large suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Q7 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 32 more horsepower (365 vs. 333) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 325) than the Q7’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Expedition has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q7 (28 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Expedition has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Q7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Expedition has larger standard tires than the Q7 (275/65R18 vs. 255/55R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Q7’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

The Ford Expedition’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Audi Q7 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Expedition has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Q7, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q7 don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Expedition offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Q7 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Q7 (119 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

The Expedition’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.9% to 50.1%) than the Q7’s (55.3% to 44.7%). This gives the Expedition more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Expedition’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Q7’s (39 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Expedition Platinum 4x4 is quieter than the Q7 Prestige (38 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Q7 can only carry 7.

The Expedition has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom, 5.2 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.4 inches more third row headroom, 8.5 inches more third row legroom and 2.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.




Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

108.3 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

The Expedition’s cargo area is larger than the Q7’s in almost every dimension:




Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Min Width



The Expedition has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Q7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

The Expedition’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Q7’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Expedition offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Expedition’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Q7 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior PIN entry system. The Q7 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Audi Connect can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Expedition has a standard rear variable intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Expedition offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Q7, including $117 less for a water pump, $440 less for an alternator, $94 less for front brake pads, $454 less for a starter, $421 less for fuel injection, $251 less for a fuel pump, $1473 less for front struts, $1030 less for a timing belt/chain and $1760 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Expedition, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Ford Expedition/Expedition XL outsold the Audi Q7 by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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