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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2021 Audi Q7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 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


In the battle of large German SUVs, which luxury vehicle comes out on top? Our 2021 Audi Q7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS comparison proves that the GLS is more powerful, more versatile, and much more friendly for passengers who find themselves in the third row. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about each model’s performance specs and interior dimensions below.

GLS vs. Q7: Performance Specs

  • Audi Q7 Engine Options: The 2021 Audi Q7 offers two engines: a base-level 248-hp I4 and an optional 335-hp V6.
  • Mercedes-Benz GLS Base Engine: Both Q7 engines are less powerful than the baseline powertrain in the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV. With the latter, you’ll enjoy a standard 362-hp V6.
  • Mercedes-Benz GLS Engine Options: Looking for even more power? Upgrade to the GLS 580 for a standard 483-hp V8. Or, move into the AMG® line to enjoy up to 603 hp.
  • Suspension & Transmission: The Q7 offers standard coil springs, along with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The GLS has a standard 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission, along with covetable standard air suspension.

There’s no way around the fact that the Mercedes-Benz GLS is the preferred choice for drivers who want to get more enjoyment out of their time on Beachwood and Mayfield highways.

GLS vs. Q7: Interior Dimensions & Cargo Room

In this segment, everything comes down to what each vehicle can offer your friends and family. It’s not hard to see that the GLS is more passenger-friendly across all three rows of seating:

2021 Audi Q7 Dimensions

  • Seating Capacity: Seven Passengers
  • Headroom:39.9 inches (1st) / 38.8 inches (2nd) / 35.9 inches (3rd)
  • Legroom:41.7 inches (1st) / 38.8 inches (2nd) / 29.2 inches (3rd)
  • Cargo Space Behind Third Row: 14.2 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space with All Seats Flat: 69.6 cubic feet

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS Dimensions

  • Seating Capacity: Seven, or Six Passengers with 2nd-Row Captain’s Chairs.
  • Headroom: 39.4 inches (1st) / 40.2 inches (2nd) / N/A (3rd)
  • Legroom (1st/2nd/3rd):40.3 inches (1st) / 41.9 inches (2nd) / 34.6 inches (3rd)
  • Cargo Space Behind Third Row: 17.4 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space with All Seats Flat: 84.7 cubic feet

For many Cleveland-area adventurers, this decision shouldn’t be very difficult at all. With five more inches of third-row legroom and nearly fifteen more cubic feet of available cargo space, the GLS is ready to help you conquer any to-do list.

Continue Your Mercedes-Benz vs. Audi Comparison with Mercedes-Benz of Bedford

If you like what you’ve seen in the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV so far, we know you’ll find even more to love at Mercedes-Benz of Bedford. Whether you’re interested in learning more about each brand or you’re already eager to set up a test drive, find out how to contact us or take the next steps with Preferred Purchase®! We’ll go the extra mile to ensure a great experience from start to finish, and we even offer a wide range of Mercedes-Benz SUV lease specials.

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