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- Highs Athletic handling, powerful V-6 engine option, loads of tech and luxury features.
- Lows Very conservative styling, snug third row, price will make bargain-hunters hesitate.
- Verdict The Q7's versatility, driving dynamics, and plethora of standard and available features make it an excellent family-hauler.
Audi’s second-generation Q7 debuted as an early 2017 model and immediately took top honors in its first comparison test, where we lauded its carlike handling, zesty supercharged V-6, and overall fun-to-drive character. We gave it a 10Best Trucks and SUVs award, recognizing it as the best mid-size luxury SUV. The Q7 is not cheap, and its styling might be too conservative for some buyers, but the big Audi proffers an exemplary blend of seven-passenger versatility, luxury refinement, advanced technology, and spirited driving dynamics.
What's New for 2017?
The second-generation Q7 is all-new this year. It comes standard with three-row seating, Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system, two available powerplants, and a slew of standard and optional tech, comfort, and convenience features.
- Premium: $49,950
- Premium Plus: $53,950
- Prestige: $65,950
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Properly equipped, the Q7 is one of the quickest and most capable SUV's in its class, yet it has no shortage of powertrain refinement. The two lower trims come standard with a capable, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. But a four-banger doesn’t really suit the big Audi’s size and character. Better to spring for the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, which puts out 333 horses and 325 lb-ft of torque. Optional on the lower trims and standard on the Prestige model, the V-6 brings a big upgrade in sophistication and performance. All variants feature an excellent eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. On the road, the Q7 it isn't just comfortable, it also shows its playful side with a distinctly sporty driving character. For a large vehicle, the Q7 is surprisingly fun to flog down a twisty back road.
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Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
With its contemporary design, beautiful materials, loads of technology, and excellent comfort, the Audi Q7’s cabin is a special place. Entry-level Premium versions come nicely outfitted with amenities, and the the higher trim levels and option packages pile on such features as massaging front seats with premium leather upholstery, a faux suede headliner, a head-up display, and power door closers. The first two rows of seats provide plenty of long-distance comfort, while the third row will better suit smaller adults or children. Like most three-row utes, the Q7 doesn't have a ton of cargo room when all of its seats are in use. But it has available space comparable with its key rivals, and the rearmost row can be quickly raised or lowered via power controls to increase the size of the area.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Q7’s MMI infotainment suite is comprehensive and high-tech, yet also intuitive and responsive. A 7.0-inch display screen is standard, while an 8.3-incher comes with the upper trims. The very cool 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit cluster is optional on Premium Plus versions and standard in the Prestige. Additional features also are available, but the standard package is respectable, with an adequate number of USB and 12-volt outlets. Audiophiles can revel in several stereo options, topped by a Bang & Olufsen system with 23 speakers and 1920 watts of juice.
Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings
For more information about the Audi Q7’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
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