Audi Q7 review
The Audi Q7 is an upmarket SUV that's practical and packed with hi-tech features
The latest Audi Q7 is one of the best luxury SUVs on sale; a thorough update in 2019 means it’s more than capable of taking on similarly modern rivals like the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE. It’s great to drive too, expertly blending a plush ride with sure-footed grip, traction and body control.
The cavernous interior offers plenty of space for seven, entry level models are well-equipped and there’s a decent range of mild hybrid engines on offer, along with a brace of plug-in hybrids that should bolster the Q7’s appeal.
It was a latecomer to the premium SUV class, but the Audi Q7 certainly made an impact when it arrived. Launched in 2007, the original stood out thanks to its imposing dimensions and spacious seven-seat layout – most of its rivals were only five-seaters.
Fast-forward to 2015, and the Q7 Mk2 built on the quality of the original, but offered it in a less weighty package. The second-generation Q7 was the first to use the VW Group's MLB platform, sharing its basic structure with the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and even the Lamborghini Urus. However, all of these models are differentiated by their own unique DNA, and the Audi benefits from the German brand's high-quality image and focus on technology.
The Q7 got a comprehensive update in 2019 – a sharper look and more luxurious interior were introduced along with new mild-hybrid petrol and diesel engines. Audi’s latest dual-screen infotainment system dominates the redesigned interior and there’s a focus on high-tech luxury; Audi made its changes to make sure that its largest SUV keeps pace with key rivals like the Mercedes GLE, BMW X7 and Range Rover. Other rivals include the BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery, Lexus RX 450h and Volvo XC90.
The standard engine line-up consists of two diesels and one petrol – the 45 TDI, 50 TDI and 55 TFSI respectively. The diesels are mild-hybrid 3.0-litre V6 units with 231PS and 286PS; the petrol also boasts a 3.0-litre V6 and produces 340PS. The range-topping SQ7 is powered by a brawny 4.0-litre V8 diesel, making 435PS.
There are four trim levels on offer: Sport, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung. Standard equipment on Sport models is generous, with LED headlights, adaptive air suspension, 19-inch alloys, Audi Drive Select and leather upholstery all included. Audi’s MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system works across a total of three displays – two in the middle and one behind the steering wheel in place of traditional dials. There’s a good level of safety features too, including a rear-view camera, cruise control, automatic emergency braking and all-round parking sensors. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard across the range.
S line cars get a unique look with more body-coloured exterior parts and larger 20-inch alloys; inside, there’s upgraded leather trim and a sportier steering wheel to name but a few changes. Black Edition cars jump to 21-inch alloys and get a sportier adaptive air suspension set-up, while a smattering of dark exterior trim lends a more aggressive look. Top-spec Vorsprung models retain a similar appearance, but get a huge amount of added technology inside – but you’ll pay just over £80,000 for the privilege.
In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Audi Q7 is an upmarket SUV that's practical and packed with hi-tech features
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Audi Q7 has great engines, rides beautifully and has buckets of grip and traction
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Audi Q7 should match its rivals when it comes to fuel economy and emissions
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe latest Audi Q7 boasts a bold look and a luxurious, hi-tech interior
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSeating for seven, an enormous boot and good towing ability make for a practical SUV
- 6Reliability and SafetySafety kit is up there with the best; reliability is yet to be tested