2020 BMW X7 vs 2020 Audi Q8 2-Row SUV Comparison in Norwalk, CA

It's not a sport utility vehicle. That's a term just too crude and coarse for a sophisticated, technologically advanced and effortlessly luxurious BMW -- which is why we prefer the term Sports Activity Vehicle. From exploring the natural wonders of Southern California to running the day's errands or simply sitting in traffic on The 5, the BMW X7 is the ideal companion. Whether you need all-terrain performance, all-weather confidence or just all-day comfort, the 2020 BMW X7 offers BMW quality and excitement. Now with room for up to seven passengers. See how it compares to the 2020 Audi Q8 below!

2020 X7 Third Row

Size & Seating Comparison: 2020 BMW X7 vs. 2020 Audi Q8

If you demand a three-row SUV that drives with the poise, power and quickness of a two-row SUV, the 2020 BMW X7 just might be the right fit for you. You'll find up to seven seats in the appropriately-named BMW X7, or you might prefer six seats with the available second-row captain's chairs. Though it's just a few inches shorter overall, the 2020 Audi Q8 offers just two rows of seating for up to five passengers.

As a result, there's more room inside the 2020 BMW X7 for cargo, too -- up to 90.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. The 2020 Audi Q8 offers only 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Getting into the BMW X7 can be even easier with available factory running boards and a standard split tailgate makes it more convenient to load and unload. On the Audi Q8, you get only a standard tailgate. And factory running boards aren't available at all.

2020 X7 Split Rear Gate

Comfort & Features Comparison: 2020 BMW X7 vs. 2020 Audi Q8

The 2020 Audi Q8 comes standard with leather upholstery. Of course, you can also get luxurious and soft Vernasca or Merino leather in the 2020 BMW X7, but it comes standard with the premium feel and superior durability of Sensatec leatherette. This upholstery is ideal for families thanks to its toughness and stain-resistance. Leatherette isn't available at all on the 2020 Audi Q8.


Furthermore, the 2020 BMW X7 offers some optional upgrades for an ultra-luxurious interior that you won't find on the 2020 Audi Q8. Five-zone automatic climate control gives all your passengers personalized temperature controls for individual comfort. Heated and cooled cupholders keep your morning coffee warm and your soft drinks chilled. 20-way power Multi-contour seats can be fine-tuned to the perfect driving position just for you. These features just aren't available on the rival SUV form Audi.

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2020 X7 M-Performance

Performance Comparison: 2020 BMW X7 vs. 2020 Audi Q8

At the entry level, both these premium SUVs make 335 horsepower for a confident drive. Thanks to its slightly smaller size and lighter weight, the 2020 Audi Q8 will make the run from 0-60 MPH in 5.6 seconds. The entry-level 2020 BMW X7 xDrive40i does the same in 5.8 seconds. But that's not the quickest BMW X7. Unlike the Audi Q8, the 2020 BMW X7 offers a pair of available engine upgrades for even greater performance. The 2020 BMW X7 xDrive50i makes 456 horsepower for a 0-60 MPH time of just 5.2 seconds! For the most powerful performance available from a three-row SUV, the M-tuned 2020 BMW X7 M50i makes 523 horsepower and goes from 0-60 MPH in a mere 4.5 seconds. That's quickness than the Audi Q8 just can't match.

If you do opt for the entry-level engine in your BMW, you'll still enjoy one performance perk over the Audi SUV: fuel efficiency. The 2020 BMW X7 earns up to 25 MPG on the highway compared to the 2020 Audi Q8 which gets only 21 highway MPG according to the EPA.

2020 X7 Driver Assistance

Driver Assistance Comparison: 2020 BMW X7 vs. 2020 Audi Q8

Being luxury family SUVs, you expect to find the latest in driver assist technology on both these vehicles. And while virtually all the latest driver assists can be found on both these cars as available options, your money goes further in the 2020 BMW X7. That's because it comes standard with more driver assistance that'll cost you more on the 2020 Audi Q8 as optional upgrades. The BMW Active Driving Assistant includes Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, and rear Cross Traffic Alert. Blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert and lane keeping functions are available on the 2020 Audi Q8, but they're not standard. Even the entry-level 2020 BMW X7 provides cutting-edge safety technology to keep you and your family safe.

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Why BMW Gives You More Value Than Audi

While the Audi Q8 offers some similar features and comparable performance, only a BMW is worthy of being called the Ultimate Driving Machine. That's why the 2020 BMW X7 is the ideal vehicle for growing families that need more seating and more cargo space for the daily drive, but still want the engaging performance and luxury feel of a german-enginnered BMW.

2020 BMW X7 2020 Audi Q8
$73,900 Starting MSRP* $68,200
6-7 Occupants Passenger Capacity 5 Occupants
20 MPG City / 25 MPG Highway Fuel Economy 17 MPG City / 21 MPG Highway
335 Horsepower 335
Twin-Turbocharged V8 Available Engine Upgrade None
90.4 Cubic Feet Maximum Cargo Volume 60.7 Cubic Feet
12.3" Touchscreen Infotainment Display 10.1" Touchscreen
Standard Automatic Pre-Collision Braking Standard
Standard Blind Spot Monitor Available Upgrade
Standard Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Available Upgrade

*MSRP excludes destination & handling fee of $995, tax, title, license, and registration.