To satisfy your appetite for adventure, you may be in the market for a new midsize SUV. Engaging performance, versatile space, and luxury amenities await in the latest models. The 2019 Audi Q7 and the Ford Explorer are among the top contenders, and we want to offer a closer look at both of them.

Prepare yourself for one of the SUV showdowns of the year! Burlington, South Burlington, and Essex Junction families can evaluate these utility vehicles to which one serves their needs best. Contact us at Audi South Burlington to learn more.

Q7 vs Explorer: Gripping Performance

Want your next SUV to pack a punch? The 2019 Audi Q7 and the Ford Explorer are served by robust engine lineups. In the Ford Explorer, a standard V6 cranks out a responsive 255 lb-ft of torque. The base-level trim of the Audi Q7 runs on a 4-cylinder engine, but this TFSI® engine serves up an impressive 273 lb-ft of torque. Moving to the TFSI® 6-cylinder engine will generate 325 lb-ft of torque.

You can accelerate down the open roads with ease and even tow quite heavy loads. The Audi Q7 can tow up to 7,700 pounds with its range-topping engine. Unfortunately, the Ford Explorer falls short and can only tow 5,000 pounds at its best.

When summer rolls around, hitch up your family boat to the Audi SUV. You can tow it out for a day at Lake Champlain and enjoy your weekend to the fullest!

Does the Audi Q7 or Ford Explorer Have Better Technology?

You can keep more of your life accessible from your fingertips with the Audi Q7 or the Ford Explorer as your daily driver. Wherever your adventures take you, these vehicles have the technology to keep you connected.

The Audi MMI® touch response system and its Ford equivalent serve up a host of advanced infotainment features. Use Apple CarPlay® and Google™ Android Auto™ to access your smartphone as you drive. Your apps are available, so you can call, text, and manage your playlists from the touchscreen display.

However, as a luxury SUV, the Audi Q7 features more advanced options. Its full suite includes MMI® all-in-touch with handwriting recognition and the Audi virtual cockpit. Despite its advanced infotainment system, the Ford Explorer lacks these additional technologies.

Style & Sophistication of a Luxury SUV

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The 2019 Q7 and the Ford Explorer are made to transport several passengers. Both are 3-row SUVs with seats for up to seven passengers. The first two rows are more than roomy enough for adults, while the third row is the perfect fit for kids.

When it comes to style, however, the Audi Q7 flashes its luxury vehicle status in a way the Ford Explorer can't. Leather seats come standard in the Q7, and you have an embarrassment of riches as far as interior trim pieces. Choose from a range of authentic wood inlays-an option you won't find in the Explorer.

Comfort comes first in the Audi Q7 with available 4-zone automatic climate control. The Explorer has a dual-zone climate system that can keep front-row passengers comfy, but it doesn't extend controls to the folks in the back seat.

Should I Get the Audi Q7 or Ford Explorer?

We hope Burlington, South Burlington, and Essex Junction shoppers have learned a lot from this comparison! The 2019 Audi Q7 and the Ford Explorer both stand out as quality midsize SUVs.

However, only the Q7 is truly a luxury SUV. With more advanced technology, top-tier creature comforts, and show-stopping style, it goes above and beyond. Set up a test drive here at Audi South Burlington to see how it feels from the driver's seat!

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