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The 2021 Audi Q7 and 2021 Genesis GV80 are midsize luxury SUVs with strikingly similar Consumer Reports ratings. How do you discern between these two SUVs with nearly identical scores? Let’s break down their road tests, safety equipment, and reliability ratings to see which is the better SUV.

A blue 2021 Audi Q7 driving down a highway.
2021 Audi Q7 | Audi

The 2021 Audi Q7 has a higher road test score

One of the things mentioned several times in Consumer Reports’ assessment of the 2021 Audi Q7 is its comfort. The 2021 Audi Q7 gets a very good 4/5 for its ride. It’s quiet: it scores a perfect 5 for its noise. Both front and rear seat comfort also get perfect scores. The 2021 Genesis GV80 scores very similar scores, although notably the rear seat comfort is only a 4/5.

Interior fit and finish in both SUVs are a perfect 5. The trunk and cargo space for both are only a 3/5, with just 35.5 cubic feet of storage space in the Qy and 39 in the GV80.

As far as its performance, Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Audi Q7 scores a 4/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 7.0 seconds. On the other hand, the 2021 Genesis GV80 scores a perfect 5/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 6.0 seconds. 

You’ll get one additional safety feature with the Audi Q7

Consumer Reports recommends a slew of advanced safety features that car shoppers should consider. These include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking at city and highway speeds, lane-keeping assistance, and lane departure warning. Consumer Reports also says that pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are important to have. 

Rearview cameras are standard in all new cars. You should also look for anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights.

The 2021 Audi Q7 comes standard with all of these features. The 2021 Genesis GV80 comes standard with all of these features except for automatic emergency braking at highway speeds, which isn’t available for the 2021 Genesis GV80. 

Neither SUV has a good reliability score, but people love them anyway


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Consumer Reports sends out surveys to see how well previous iterations of vehicles have held up. Based on these, Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Audi Q7 only a 2/5 for its predicted reliability. 

Despite this poor reliability rating, Audi Q7 owners rated the owner satisfaction a 4/5. The driving experience, comfort, and styling are an 84. Value, however, is just a 32. 71% of Q7 owners would buy their Q7 again.

Similarly, Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Genesis GV80 only a 2/5 for its predicted reliability. 

Just like the Q7, Genesis GV80 owners rated the owner satisfaction a 4/5. There is currently no data about previous owner satisfaction. 75% of GV80 owners would buy their GV80 again.

If you’re torn between both of these midsize luxury SUVs, note the 2021 Audi Q7’s slightly higher road test score. However, with ratings as similar as they are, you can’t go wrong with either SUV.