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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Audi Q7

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Expert's Rating

5.0Excellent

MPG 17 City / 24 Highway
Pros
  • Beautifully crafted interior
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Rear seats recline
  • Attractive styling
Cons
  • Acceleration could be better
  • Expensive options
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Class-leading in-car technology and safety features make the Q7 one of the most comfortable vehicles to take trips in.

Introduction

The Q7 was first introduced to North America in 2007 and Audi has announced 2013 is the last year of production for the model's first generation, with an all-new design set to debut for 2014. To keep buyers enticed, Audi has equipped the 2013 Q7 with new features that are sure to excite shoppers.

Options made available for the 2013 Audi Q7 include a Bang & Olufson sound system, Audi MMI Navigation with Internet connectivity and an integrated dual-screen rear seat entertainment system. Perhaps most notable is the upgraded diesel engine installed in the Q7 TDI model.

The new 3.0L V6 TDI delivers 240 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque, which is 15 more horsepower than the engine equipped on last year’s TDI. Another improvement over the previous engine is the 12% increase in fuel-efficiency, producing 19/28 mpg city/highway. Besides the 3.0TDI, the Q7 also offers a 3.0T Premium and 3.0T S Line Prestige trim. The two latter trims have 3.0L V6 engines that use premium gasoline instead of diesel and are both supercharged.

However, the S Line equips a high-output version of the 3.0L V6 that makes 333 HP versus the 280 HP coming out of the base 3.0T. The entire Q7 line-up is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with Audi quattro all-wheel drive. Seven passengers can fit inside the Q7’s interior cabin with three across the second-row and two in the rear. While the rear seat struggles to fit full-size adults, it is only a two-seater, which allows for easy folding when in need of the extra cargo room.

The Q7 provides performance for all passengers but true comfort is only found in the Audi’s two front seats. Along with the cramped rear seats, the cargo area also seems small for the size of the SUV crossover. Though some consumers may complain about its’ styling, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class offers plenty of space for rear passengers while also having a diesel engine available. The cost of the Mercedes, however, is high for even the luxury segment. A luxury crossover with three-rows and a smaller price tag than both the R-Class and Q7 is the Lincoln MKT. With plenty of third-row legroom and a long list of standard features, the MKT packs plenty of value. Still, when it comes to styling and performance, the Audi is near the top of the class.

The Q7 offers the high-end quality and sporty performance that consumers have come to know from Audi, but in a larger package.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Audi Q7
Starting price
$37,998

2013 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Premium

Recommended for: Buyers wanting the most fuel-efficient Q7

The TDI engine includes trims almost identical to the ones offered on gasoline Q7 models. Luxurious leather is installed throughout the interior and the heated seats up front have multiple intensity-levels to choose from. Also included is a memory function on the driver seat so getting comfortable is not a chore if you have multiple drivers. The powered tailgate is easily opened and closed with the touch of a button that is nice for when you find grocery bags have rendered your arms useless. Audi has an available adaptive air suspension for the Prestige TDI models.

2013 Audi Q7
Starting price
$37,998

2013 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium

Recommended for: Buyers who desire to pay more for the comfort than the performance

Though the base trim, the 3.0T Premium is far from basic. Rich, plush leather is on every seating surface and up front the driver/passenger receive heated, twelve-way power adjustable seats. The Audi music interface with iPod integration allows for owners to plug in their iDevice and command its’ functions using the controls on the stereo or steering wheel. When loading six or seven passengers, the Q7’s 40/20/40 second-row can slide forward or backward to allow for more room and easier access to the rear. The second-row can also recline up to ten degrees and each section can be separately folded to allow for great cargo flexibility.

2013 Audi Q7
Starting price
$37,998

2013 Audi Q7 3.0T S line Prestige

Recommended for: Buyers wanting the fastest and most luxurious Q7 Audi offers

As the top available trim, the S Line packs a punch when it comes to features, especially the engine. The 3.0T V6 gets even more supercharger boost and a software upgrade as well to add 53 HP and 30 lbs-ft. of torque to its already impressive numbers. A program called Audi Side Assist is activated at speeds above 19 mph and alerts the driver when there are cars present in the Q7’s blind spot. Adaptive lighting allows the xenon-plus headlights turn in sync with the Q7 by up to 15 degrees to help during nighttime drives on curvy roads. Helping protect from the sun’s glare, a deep-tint is applied to the panorama sunroof and sunshades are added to the rear and side-rear windows.

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