2018 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2018 Audi Q7

Both the 2018 Audi Q7 and 2018 Porsche Cayenne are major players in the premium SUV market. The Audi Q7 gives buyers what they desire most, which is a roomy interior combined with state of the art tech. The Porsche Cayenne however is a force to be reckoned with, due to its outstanding engine, magnificent interior and exceptional handling. Which of these two should you buy?

Design & Style

Both the interior and exterior of the Audi Q7 are incredibly detailed. This SUV is largely defined by its sharp, angular lines and grille which give it an aggressive presence and make it a vehicle to be taken seriously. Inside passengers will be greeted to a relaxing interior with lots of amenities. The Porsche Cayenne is also gorgeous, although in a different way. Whereas the Audi opts for angular curves and edges, the Cayenne opts for long, flowing sophisticated curves and lines, giving it a royal appearance. Inside the polished dashboard and leather upholstery are practically unrivaled.

Technology & Safety

The Porsche Cayenne has a fuel economy of 18 mpg, while the Audi Q7 has 19 mpg. The Audi seats a maximum of seven passengers, while the Porsche Cayenne is limited to just five. This means that the Audi has greater space overall, including for cargo, at 37.5 cubic feet versus 23.7 cubic feet for the Porsche. When it comes to interior tech both SUVs are equipped with infotainment screens, Bluetooth, satellite radio, climate control which is dual zone, keyless ignition, and rearview cameras. Both have also scored well on safety tests.


The Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 both utilize a four-wheel anti-brake system with standard rack pinion steering. However, the Porsche Cayenne has a higher maximum capacity for its alternator, at 220 amps versus 180 amps for the Audi Q7. Furthermore, the Porsche also excels when it comes to acceleration and handling, with a V6 premium unleaded engine that can produce 300 horsepower at 6300 rpm versus 252 horsepower at 5000 rpm for the Audi. Due to its engine the Cayenne has outstanding trailering capacity.

The Bottom Line

The Audi Q7 has more seating and space than the Porsche Cayenne, but the downside to this is that it hampers its acceleration and performance due to the higher weight. The Porsche Cayenne is lighter, faster and more nimble. Additionally, the optional features of the Audi are overpriced, and when this is combined with its tight third row, the Porsche Cayenne wins due to its greater balance.

Ready to Schedule a Porsche Cayenne Test Drive Today?

Feel how it is like to drive a luxury car offering the total package like that of what the 2018 Porsche Cayenne offers. You can drive this stellar car here with us at Manhattan Motorcars. We are located in New York, and we are servicing the needs of car buyers in the Tri-State area. Visit us today at our showroom or call us to book your Porsche Cayenne test drive appointment in advance.

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