Volkswagen Atlas vs Audi Q7
The Volkswagen Atlas vs. Audi Q7 debate has already started, which is why we wanted to help you make an educated decision on your next vehicle. Both of these rides are powerful, safe, and versatile SUVs.
For drivers around the Fort Myers and Port Charlotte areas, our automotive experts at Port Charlotte Volkswagen have put together this VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 comparison guide—so you can drive off the lot with the SUV that fits your driving lifestyle.
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Efficient Towing Competition
The VW Atlas is strong enough to tow just about any trailer that you could think to toss on the hitch. When properly equipped, it has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, which means that you won’t have any issues down steep inclines and around wide curves. Unfortunately, the Audi Q7 doesn’t quite measure up with its 4,400-pound maximum towing capacity.
Additionally, the VW Atlas keeps high in-class efficiency even with 600 pounds of towing capability over the Q7. An EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 city/26 highway MPG* will keep you and your cargo on the road longer.
Compared to the VW Atlas, an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19 city/25 highway in the Q7 will require more frequent stops at the gas station, especially with a tightly packed cargo area and loaded trailer.
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VW Atlas vs Audi Q7: Interior Technology
Both the Volkswagen Atlas and Audi Q7 come loaded with a ton of interior conveniences. From touchscreen audio displays equipped with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ to plush cockpits, you won’t be disappointed.
While the VW Atlas and Q7 are built for comfortability, the only SUV in our guide with the ability to remember four user profiles is the VW Atlas. It will also take note of your preferred driving position, temperature, and radio stations.
The Audi Q7 is equipped with a unique yacht-style gear selector, but the versatile driver will enjoy the 4MOTION® all-wheel drive system with Active Control available in the VW Atlas. Easily select among four drive modes for one of the best experiences we’ve had on and off the road in a while. Depending on the terrain and weather, you can choose between a mode for dry, rainy, snowy, and rough road conditions.
Comparable Safety Features
We appreciate the care that VW puts into their passengers’ basic safety on the road. You’ll discover that many safety systems in the Audi Q7 are available after an upgrade. In the base model Q7, Audi pre sense® front will alert the driver of an imminent collision and begin to apply brake pressure, tension seatbelts, and activate hazard lights without any response from the driver.
The VW Atlas starts with a similar measure titled Front Assist, which includes a Forward Collision Warning system and driver-assistive Autonomous Emergency Braking. Another standard feature is Pedestrian Monitoring. This will sense a pedestrian in front of your VW Atlas and help prevent a collision.
To acquire a like feature to the Pedestrian Monitoring, you need to opt for an available Night Vision Assistant that has a pedestrian-detecting capacity in the Q7.
But where Audi stopped, VW continued with additional safety features: In the event of an accident where the airbags deploy, the Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) can turn off the fuel pump, activate hazard lights, and unlock the doors.
Which SUV Will You Choose?
We know that our Volkswagen Atlas vs. Audi Q7 comparison guide showcases both SUVs as capable, well-designed, and safe. However, the experts at Port Charlotte Volkswagen think that drivers near the Fort Myers and Port Charlotte areas will really appreciate what the VW Atlas has to offer.
When you’re ready to get behind the wheel, we welcome you to contact our dealership to schedule a test drive in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas at your convenience.
*20 city/26 highway mpg (2019 Atlas 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.