Audi Q7 review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Audi Q7 should be a good match for its rivals when it comes to fuel economy and emissions
Running a large, premium, seven-seat SUV is never going to be cheap, but the latest Q7 shouldn’t break the bank thanks to efficient diesel engines and the weight-saving regime Audi put the car through during development.
The TFSI 55 manages 26.6-27.7mpg depending on specification, while producing 233-240g/km of CO2. Audi, under WLTP testing, claims both the 45 and 50 V6 TDI diesels can deliver around 34-35mpg, with CO2 emissions at 209-214g/km. In using the latest WLTP method, it does mean these figures should be achievable in everyday driving. However, it puts the Q7 in the highest possible 37 per cent Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) bracket for company car users.
The Audi Q7 sits high-up on the CO2-weighted first year tax scale, and consequently costs a lot in first-year road tax (VED). You’ll pay slightly more for the petrol engine than for the diesels, but these figures are usually rolled into the on-the-road-price rather than being an additional fee to consider.
While you won’t pay over the odds at the pumps by SUV standards, insurance bills will be steep. The regular Q7 falls into groups 41-43, depending on your chosen engine and trim. Not surprisingly, the SQ7 is in the highest insurance group 50.
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Our experts estimate that the Audi Q7 will hold onto between 55-61 per cent of its initial value at trade-in time after three years and 36,000 miles - depending on the engine and trim level. The 50 TDI Black Edition finds itself at the top end of this scale.
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In this review
- 1Audi Q7 reviewThe Audi Q7 luxury SUV is practical and packed with hi-tech features, while it's still capable enough of mixing it with premium rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Audi Q7 offers a superb engine lineup, rides beautifully and has buckets of grip and traction
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Audi Q7 should be a good match for 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 the Audi Q7 a practical SUV
- 6Reliability and SafetySafety kit is up there with the best, while numerous shared parts should boost Q7's reliability