When the Q7 made its debut for the 2007 model year, it helped chart new paths in the three-row luxury SUV segment. Redesigned for 2017 and most recently refreshed in 2020, the Q7 offers seating for seven without the hulking exterior dimensions of other three-row SUVs. Audi's Quattro AWD system provides traction and assurance in inclement weather or a winding road.
Although the Q7 isn't as boldly styled as some competitors, spend time with the three-row luxury SUV and its merits can't be overlooked.
That's particularly true in the driver's seat. Above the underwhelming base turbo-four is a turbocharged V-6, which moves the Q7 with authority. For even more power, Audi offers the SQ7, which packs a twin-turbocharged V-8. In any case, the Q7's dynamics are smooth, composed, and refined, though not always exciting. Handling is athletic, and available all-wheel steering helps it drive smaller than it is.
Inside, the Q7 is quite luxurious, with excellent material choices and modern design on display. Adding to the modish atmosphere is abundant technology. The dual-display infotainment setup and digital gauge cluster look great and function well. Also effective are the Q7's driver-assist features, which aid comfort during highway cruising. At least, for the driver—those do nothing to remedy the Q7's tight and tricky-to-access third-row seat.
The Q7 isn't as outright spacious as some three-row luxury SUVs, but some drivers might appreciate that it's not as massive as those vehicles. In terms of its latest technology, features, and performance, it's worth consideration.
Regardless of engine, all Q7 models use an eight-speed automatic transmission to send power to Quattro AWD.
The Q7 45 TFSI designation indicates a 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. MotorTrend testing measured a 7.0-second 0-60 mph time from a Q7 with this engine.
55 TFSI models have a mild-hybrid turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Audi estimates a 5.7-second 0-60 mph time with this engine.
The SQ7 packs a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 producing a full 500 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Its 0-60 mph time falls to an Audi-estimated 4.3 seconds.
The NHTSA has only provided a partial rating for the Q7, giving it a five-star side crash score and a four-star rollover score (both scores are out of a possible five stars).
When tested as a 2020 model by the IIHS, the Q7 earned top Good scores in all crashworthiness tests. The SUV's standard vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian automatic emergency braking systems earned Superior scores, the highest possible rating.
Standard driver-assist and active safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, side and rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. Higher-end trims are equipped with adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.
Behind the Q7's third row, cargo space measures 14.2 cubic feet. Folding the third row expands that to 35.7 cubic feet. Maximum cargo space with the second and third rows folded is 69.6 cubic feet.
Front-row headroom measures 39.9 inches in the Q7, more than the 38.7 inches found in sunroof-equipped Lincoln Aviators. Second-row headroom is closer, at 38.8 inches in the Q7 and 38.4 in the Aviator. The Audi has less third-row headroom, with 35.9 inches to the Lincoln's 36.9 inches. Front-row legroom of 41.7 inches in the Q7 is less than 43.0 inches in the Aviator. Second-row legroom is also less, at 38.0 inches against 39.0 in the Lincoln. Third-row legroom is equally tight in both, measuring just 29.2 inches.
Every Q7 model features a dual-touchscreen infotainment system, with a 10.1-inch upper display for main functions and a lower 8.6-inch display for climate control and convenience functions. All models also get a 12.3-inch digital gauge display. Range-topping Prestige models get a head-up display. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, built-in navigation, and two USB ports are standard. Two front-row USB ports are included. Premium models have a 10-speaker audio system, Premium Plus models get a 19-speaker setup, and a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen system is included on the Prestige trim.
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