The Audi Q7 offers attractive styling, as well as excellent handling and performance. It’s also a family-friendly luxury SUV that has three rows, ample utility and plenty of comfort. Now in its second generation, the Q7 is an all-wheel drive, all-weather champion that’s loaded with standard features. An impressive list of optional high-tech safety features only adds to its appeal.
2017 to Present: Audi Q7
The second-generation Audi Q7 is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. All Q7’s are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, which results in excellent handling and all-weather versatility.
The Audi Q7’s stylish exterior is appointed with standard xenon plus headlights and LED taillights, full LED headlights are optional. The standard power tailgate can be programmed to open to a particular height, which is useful for limited spaces like home garages. Nineteen-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires are standard, while larger wheels are optional.
The Q7 is much more than a pretty face. When all seven seats are occupied, cargo space is still an impressive 14.8 cubic feet. When only the front seats are in use the Q7 offers a useful 71.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Although third-row legroom is limited, the first two rows offer plenty of space for passengers.
The second-generation Audi Q7 includes plenty of standard and optional technology features. Audi drive select includes up to seven user driving modes, including Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Off-Road and individually configured settings. An available virtual cockpit equips the Q7 with a 12.3-inch display. Bose and Bang & Olufsen sound systems are also available.
The Audi Q7 is arguably the highest-rated three-row luxury SUV on the market, but shoppers will certainly want to investigate the highly acclaimed Volvo XC90, Acura MDX, Land Rover LR4 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. Other interesting competitors include the Lexus GX, Lincoln MKT and Infiniti QX60.
Earlier Audi Q7 Models
Launched in 2007 to meet the rising demands of the high-end luxury SUV market, the first-generation Audi Q7 combined plenty of cargo space, fine luxury and excellent performance. With a high beltline, sleek lines and a bold rectangular grille, the Q7’s attractive exterior shares more in common with an oversized European station wagon than a boxy truck or van.
The first-generation Audi Q7 is available with numerous powertrain options. A 3.6-liter V6 was standard early on. An optional 4.2-liter V8 engine was available with the 2007 to 2010 Audi Q7.
In 2010, the Q7 would receive a light exterior refresh and a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine would be added to the lineup. In 2011, the 3.6-liter V6 and 4.2-liter V8 engines would be done away with in exchange for a pair of supercharged 3.0-liter V6 power plants.
The first-generation Q7’s luxurious interior is loaded with high-quality materials that can include fine leather, wood and aluminum trim. Seating is quite comfortable and technological goodies can be found throughout. Audi’s Multi-Media Interface (MMI) controls infotainment and navigation systems.
An optional adaptive air suspension system is popular, offering adjustable ride height and stability control. Modern features, especially for the time, include optional adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.