Audi introduced its first SUV, the Q7, for the 2007 model year. The current second-gen Q7 was introduced for 2017 and has seating for seven, with upscale trimmings and modish technology features along with the sharp design Audi is known for.
For 2019, all trim levels include built-in navigation. The Premium Plus trim gains the digital gauge cluster display, a wireless device charger, 360-degree view parking camera, and LED headlights and taillights as standard equipment.
Premium Plus trim gains the following as standard:
As one of the earliest three-row luxury SUVs, the first-generation Audi Q7 helped set a direction for the segment today. Today's second-generation Q7 is less influential, it but remains worth consideration.
The Q7 delivers on luxury and comfort, but its road manners are more of a surprise. From behind the wheel, it feels more like a tall station wagon than a top-heavy SUV. That's not to say it's especially exciting, but the Q7's composure and quietude make it enjoyable to drive.
Inside the cabin, high-quality materials and technology abound. The digital gauge cluster display is a nice party piece. Although driver-assist features like adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist aren't standard, those systems function well in Q7s equipped with them.
The interior's main problem is its cramped third-row seat. Adults will find legroom limited back there; some of the Q7's competitors offer more third-row space. Otherwise, with roomy front rows, nice dynamics, comfortable luxuries, and helpful technologies, the Audi Q7 is an appealing and upscale family SUV.
Regardless of engine choice, the Q7 is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro AWD system. The basic engine, designated by a 45 TFSI badge, is a 2.0-liter turbo four producing 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. In MotorTrend testing, this engine provided 0-60 mph acceleration in 7.0 seconds. EPA-rated fuel economy is 19/25 mpg city/highway.
The upgrade engine, indicated by a 55 TFSI badge, is a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 good for 329 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph acceleration took between 5.4 and 5.7 seconds in MotorTrend testing. Curiously, the V-6's EPA-rated fuel economy matches that of the smaller I-4.
From the NHTSA, the Q7 earns a five-star (out of five) overall safety score, which factors a five-star side crash score with four-star front crash and rollover scores. From the IIHS, the Q7 gets the top Good score in all crashworthiness tests. Its standard front-crash prevention system earns the highest Superior score, as it avoided a collision in the 12-mph test and reduced speed by 23 mph in the 25-mph test. The standard LED projector headlights get a Poor score, the lowest, but the optional lights with automatic high beams get the second-lowest Marginal score.
Driver-assist and active safety features like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors are included standard. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and side and rear cross-traffic alert are optionally available.
Cargo capacity behind the Q7's third row measures 14.2 cubic feet. With the third row folded, there are 35.7 cubic feet behind the second row. Maximum cargo capacity behind the front row is 69.6 cubic feet.
In the Q7's front row, headroom measures 39.9 inches, one inch more than the Volvo XC90. Second-row headroom measures 38.8 inches in the Q7, a bit more than 38.5 inches in the XC90. Third-row headroom is 35.9 inches in the Q7, a bit less than 36.3 inches in the XC90. The Q7's front-row legroom of 41.7 inches is more than the XC90's 40.9 inches. Second-row legroom is also more in the Audi, measuring 38.8 inches to the Volvo's 37.0. However, the German has less third-row legroom at 29.2 inches, compared to 31.9 inches in the Swede.
All Q7 models are equipped with an 8.3-inch infotainment touchscreen that's loaded with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in navigation. A head-up display and 12.3-inch all-digital gauge cluster display are optional. Two front-row USB ports are standard, and a wireless device charger is available. The optional 360-degree view camera and semi-autonomous steering assist ease parking. The standard audio system includes 10 speakers, with Bose 19-speaker or Bang & Olufsen 23-speaker premium setups available.
Exterior: 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch on 55 TFSI), power-folding side mirrors, panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights, LED taillights
Interior: Leather seating upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, power-folding third-row seats, power tailgate, 8.3-inch infotainment display, 10-speaker audio
Convenience: Front and rear parking sensors, GPS navigation, three-zone automatic climate control, hands-free keyless entry and push-button start, auto-dimming rearview mirror
Exterior: LED headlights
Interior: 12.3-inch gauge cluster display, ambient lighting, wireless device charger, 19-speaker Bose audio
Convenience: Front and side cross-traffic alert, auto-dimming side mirrors, 360-degree view parking camera system
Exterior: 20-inch alloy wheels, power soft-closing doors
Interior: Heated and ventilated front seats, head-up display, rear side window sunshades, premium ambient lighting
Convenience: Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, semi-autonomous parking assist, four-zone automatic climate control