Though built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, the Audi Q7 didn't appear until five years after its corporate cousins. It's still in its first generation, but its delayed entry means it's still competitive with the second-generation VW and Porsche.
The Audi Q7 had a facelift in 2011; aside from some minor weight loss, there are no changes of note for 2014.
Considering its older platform -- and one that was never known for interior space -- it's no surprise that second- and third-row space can feel cramped. No matter where an occupant sits, though, seats are upholstered with real leather.
Keeping with Audi's current design aesthetic, there’s a massive grille up front and LED running lights that give the Q7 a distinctive signature, especially once night falls.
Under the Hood
Since 2011, a supercharged 3-liter V6 has been available in two forms: 280 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque in standard form, or 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque with the top-spec Prestige S-Line package. Both are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. For those wanting for more economy and twist, the 240-horsepower TDI churns out 406 pound-feet of torque and returns 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway
EPA estimates for both versions of the gas V6 are 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway -- an impressive feat for the more powerful S-Line.
The Q7 weighs in at a hefty 5,300 pounds, but either V6 engine moves its power well through the eight-speed automatic. Furthermore, Audi estimates identical acceleration times for the base V6 and diesel engine, meaning the extra economy doesn't cut into merging speed. Dynamically, the Q7 is typically German -- in a good way. The ride is firm without being punishing, and the all-wheel drive splits most of the power to the rear unless traction is needed up front.
While not as affordable at base price as the gas-powered Premium ($52,700 versus $48,600), the TDI makes up for it with much better fuel economy. And $1,000 of that price goes to the diesel's standard 19-inch wheels -- they're only an option for the gas-powered Premium. Otherwise, both offer the same packaging and acceleration.
Audi used the word "premium" for the Q7's base trim level, but it's not a misnomer for a crossover that's well-appointed inside and out. Options include bigger-ticket items like a panoramic roof and navigation.
The S-Line gives the gasoline supercharged 3-liter V6 a big boost in power -- from 280 horsepower to 333 -- without any penalty at the gas pump. It also adds 20-inch wheels. A trick Bang & Olufsen sound system that rises from the dash is a Prestige-only option.
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|Build & Price|
2013 AUDI Q7$56,950 | 12,903 mi
2012 Audi Q7$54,998 | 28,265 mi
2011 Audi Q7$36,981 | 64,637 mi
2011 Audi Q7$36,990 | 62,668 mi
2011 Audi Q7$37,115 | 71,045 mi
2010 Audi Q7$32,995 | 56,314 mi
2010 Audi Q7$38,500 | 52,178 mi
2010 Audi Q7$39,981 | 55,634 mi
2009 Audi Q7$36,990 | 64,081 mi
2008 Audi Q7$25,195 | 59,407 mi
2008 AUDI Q7$25,496 | 67,260 mi
2007 Audi Q7$17,985 | 96,330 mi
2007 Audi Q7$18,651 | 80,553 mi
2007 Audi Q7$23,995 | 81,324 mi
2007 Audi Q7$26,885 | 68,684 mi
Fewer seats, can get pricey, but fresher shape and more powertrain options
Room for seven, ready for off-road adventures, bigger V8s
Smaller three-row CUV, but lighter and easier to park
More interior space with same exterior dimensions, comes fully loaded for the cost of a base Q7