2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2021 Audi Q7
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS


2021 Audi Q7
3.0L inline-6 Turbo with EQ Boost


2.0L 4-Cylinder
362 hp


248 hp
9-Speed Automatic


8-Speed Automatic
34.6 inches

Third-Row Legroom

29.2 inches
7 (6 optional)

Seating Capacity


2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2021 Audi Q7

Searching for a new luxury SUV your whole family will love? The new Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV is a top choice among discerning buyers, but how does it compare to other German-engineered luxury SUVs, such as the Audi Q7? Whether you need more space or more power from your next upgrade, we think one model will stand out when you compare the Audi Q7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS in detail. Keep reading to learn more with Mercedes-Benz of San Antonio before visiting us near San Antonio to explore the GLS up close!

Audi Q7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS: Compare Standard Features

True, the starting price is slightly lower for the Audi Q7 than for the Mercedes-Benz GLS. However, with its higher starting price, the baseline GLS model simply provides more standard luxuries than the baseline Audi Q7. Even if you put the top-range Q7 trim against the entry-level GLS, it’s the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV that provides more features! See what we mean in the list below, where we’ve highlighted several features that are standard in the baseline GLS, but require a costly upgrade in the Q7:

  • Ventilated front seats
  • Front passenger’s lumbar support
  • Remote starting system
  • Air suspension

Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. Audi Q7: Interior Measurements

Inside the Audi Q7, you’ll find standard seven-passenger seating. The Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV offers more flexibility to Alamo Heights families with the choice between seven-passenger seating, or comfortable second-row captain’s chairs and seating for six. Not only is there more flexibility when configuring your GLS interior, but it’s also more adaptable and offers more cargo space:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS Dimensions Inside

  • Cargo Space Behind Third Row: 17.4 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space with All Seats Flat: 84.7 cubic feet
  • Front Headroom: 39.4 inches
  • Middle Headroom: 40.2 inches
  • Rear Headroom: N/A
  • Front Legroom: 40.3 inches
  • Middle Legroom: 41.9 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 34.6 inches

2021 Audi Q7 Dimensions Inside

  • Cargo Space Behind Third Row: 14.2 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space with All Seats Flat: 69.6 cubic feet
  • Front Headroom: 39.9 inches
  • Middle Headroom: 38.8 inches
  • Rear Headroom: 35.9 inches
  • Front Legroom: 41.7 inches
  • Middle Legroom: 38.8 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 29.2 inches

Audi Q7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS: Performance

Between the Audi Q7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS, which luxury SUV offers up a more exciting drive? The Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV is equipped with a standard 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 engine with EQ Boost. Although the Audi Q7 bears an undeniably strong engine, its output pales in comparison to the GLS:

  • Engines: The Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV achieves 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque as standard, but you can also upgrade to a 483-horsepower or 603-horsepower AMG® engine! The Audi Q7 generates just 248 horsepower as standard, with a mere 335-horsepower maximum output.
  • Transmission & Ride Quality: The GLS gets a 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission and standard air suspension, making for a supremely smooth ride even on the roughest Shavano Park roads. The Audi Q7 gets an 8-speed automatic transmission with coil springs.

Test Drive a Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV in San Antonio!

So, is the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV or the Audi Q7 a better fit for your family? If you desire greater interior flexibility and a more thrilling drive, the choice is pretty clear! Of course, we encourage you to take the GLS for a spin so you can make a well-informed decision. Contact us when you’re ready to set up a test drive, then apply for financing to get the pre-approval process started and save time at the dealership.

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