Head-to-Head: The 2022 Cadillac XT6 vs the 2021 Audi Q7

The 2022 Cadillac XT6 and 2021 Audi Q7 have different styles, at first glance. The XT6 is large, bold and commanding. The Q7 is sleek and refined. Things differentiate even more once you look at their Consumer Reports ratings. If you’re torn between these two luxury SUVs, how can you decide between them? 

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The 2021 Audi Q7 has a much higher overall and road test score

The 2021 Audi Q7 is a popular midsize luxury SUV, and it isn’t hard to see why. With its high road test scores, decent reliability, and positive owner experience, it makes sense that the Q7 is a favorite. Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Audi Q7 a 4/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 7.0 seconds. 

Its transmission scores a 5/5. Routine handling receives a very good 4/5, while emergency handling only gets a 3/5. The Audi Q7’s max avoidance speed is 51 mph. Braking is pretty good in the Q7. It scores a 4/5 and can brake from 60 mph on dry pavement in 133 feet. On wet pavement that becomes 141 feet.

The 2022 Cadillac XT6 has great acceleration

On the other hand, Consumer Reports gives the 2022 Cadillac XT6 a 4/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 7.1 seconds. Its transmission scores a 5/5. Routine handling receives a very good 4/5, while emergency handling only gets a 3/5. The Cadillac XT6’s max avoidance speed is 51 mph.

Braking is pretty good in the XT6. It scores a 4/5 and can brake from 60 mph on dry pavement in 134 feet. On wet pavement that becomes 137 feet.

The Q7 has one more safety feature

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 2022 Cadillac XT6 comes standard with all of these features except for automatic emergency braking for the highway. 

Both the IIHS and the NHTSA have crash-tested the 2021 Audi Q7. The IIHS gave the Q7 all good scores, and the NHTSA gave it five stars for the overall side-crash, as well as overall side-crash, driver and rear passenger. The side pole crash also gets five stars. The 4WD rollover crash only gets four stars.

Additionally, both the IIHS and the NHTSA have crash-tested the 2022 Cadillac XT6. The IIHS gave the XT6 all good scores, and the NHTSA gave it five stars for everything. Both the 4WD rollover crash only gets four stars.

Both the 2022 Cadillac XT6 and 2021 Audi Q7 are great options if you’re looking for a luxury SUV loaded with safety options and great safety ratings. Still, with its better overall rating and higher road test score, the 2021 Audi Q7 may be a better choice.

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