2018 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2018 Audi Q7

The 2018 Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne are both top of the line luxury SUVs which are midsized and which are sold under the Volkswagen umbrella. While they are similar in many ways, they also have their differences, and the question that most prospective buyers will ask is which should they buy? Read the report below to find out.

Design & Style

Both SUVs are sharp in terms of appearance, both inside and out. While the Porsche Cayenne seats a total of five passengers, the Audi Q7 can accommodate a maximum of seven passengers, which is a considerable difference. Each vehicle comes equipped with upscale leather upholstery as well as power seats, which in the case of the Audi can be heated. Despite seating more people, the third row of the Audi Q7 is tighter than desired, but overall, it has a decided edge over the Porsche Cayenne when it comes to interior space.

Technology & Safety

In the past, the Porsche Cayenne has received favorable safety and reliability ratings from the scale J.D. Power, while the Audi Q7 has received a below average score. And while the Audi may have more interior space than the Porsche, the Cayenne has better tech overall. Its cabin is insulated well, and practically every surface is covered by materials which are high end. The Audi Q7 does have more cargo space, which means those who buy it will be able to carry more things.


This is where the Porsche Cayenne really leaves the Audi Q7 in the dust. While reviews of both vehicles have praised their acceleration that provided the Porsche is simply more substantial. It comes equipped with a V6 3.6 liter engine that produces 300 horsepower, while the Audi Q7 is restricted to a four-cylinder 2 liter engine with 252 horsepower. Both use the same automatic transmission with eight speeds, but compared to the Porsche, the acceleration and performance provided by the Audi just isn’t that impressive.

The Bottom Line

Although the Audi Q7 has more interior space with greater passenger and cargo capacity, it comes at the cost of performance when compared to the Porsche Cayenne. This will be a problem for some, but since SUVs usually aren’t purchased primarily for performance others might overlook it. The Audi Q7 is cheaper as well; at about $50,000 whereas the Porsche Cayenne will set you back $60,000. This difference of $10,000 is due to the fact that regarding reliability, performance and handling, you will get more, which for many buyers make it worth the price, so the winner of this very close contest is the Porsche Cayenne.

Ready to Schedule a Porsche Cayenne Test Drive Today?

If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2018 Porsche Cayenne offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Porsche of Princeton. We are located in New Jersey and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book a Porsche Cayenne test drive appointment.

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