The Q7 is offered in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims. Premium and Premium Plus are powered by a standard 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque — enough to take the 2-ton SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds while returning an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. With quattro all-wheel drive, power is put to all four wheels through a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. Optional on those trims and standard on the Prestige is supercharged 3.0L V6 that delivers 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The engine will propel the 4,938-pound Q7 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, with an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. An 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission puts power to all four wheels courtesy of Audi’s quattro system.
With the second- and third-row seatbacks folded down, cargo capacity is 71.6 cubic-feet; even with the second-row seats in place, capacity is still a generous 37.5 cubic feet. Steering is courtesy of an electromechanical power steering unit, while suspension front and rear is via a 5-link independent setup. Stopping power comes through ventilated disc brakes — 14.8 inches up front and 13.8 in the rear.
The Premium Plus trim adds keyless entry with a hands-free open/close tailgate, LED interior lighting, the Audi MMI Navigation Plus package, electric tilt/telescopic steering column and Audi ‘side assist’ with ‘pre sense’ rear, which aids in lane changes and also mitigates the consequences of a rear-end collision. In the Prestige, beyond the standard V6 engine, 20-inch 10-spoke alloys with run-flat tires are included, as are full LED headlights, and a 558-watt, 19-speaker Bose 3D sound system with 15-channel amplifier. Audi virtual cockpit with head-up display provides a 12.3-inch driver display that can show a panoramic 3D map, and a top-view camera system that provides a stitched-together real-time picture of what’s around the Q7 during parking maneuvers.
Several packages are available across the Q7 model range. On Premium trims, the MMI Navigation Package Plus adds touchscreen navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone interface, and the Audi connect suite of information, entertainment and remote services. Available on Premium Plus is a Driver Assistance Package with adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and more. A Vision Package adds virtual cockpit, LED headlights, and the top view camera system. Finally, the Prestige’s Luxury Package comes with an Alcantara headliner, Valcona leather, massaging front seats, power soft-closing doors, while the Titanium-Black Optic Package brings 21-inch RS-design Titanium wheels, Titanium Black roof rails and black high-gloss styling accents.
The Audi Q7 returns for 2019 with only a few changes to the lineup. Premium models will now come with Audi Navigation Plus standard, while Premium Plus models get Audi Virtual Cockpit, top-view camera, LED headlights and taillights and wireless phone charging, The Convenience packages gains Audi side assist and pre-sense rear, while Park Assist is added to the Driver Assistance package.
Luxurious interior; impressive entertainment and safety technologies; excellent multimedia interface; crisp handling; available supercharged V6
The Q7 is a large luxury SUV with a surprisingly car-like driving experience. It offers a host of advanced safety technologies, some of which provide autonomous driving capabilities. No corners have been cut outside or in, and with standard 7-passenger convenience and some truly incredible amenities, the Q7 outshines competitors like the BMW X5, Volvo XC90 and Mercedes-Benz GL.