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2018 2.0T Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sport Utility
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Compact SUVs may be the craze at the moment, but there’s a market for large SUVs that are capable of seating up to seven passengers, which is where the 2018 Audi Q7 comes into play. To keep the SUV party going, Audi’s updated its luxury SUV with new features for the 2018 model year.

What's New for 2018

For 2018, the Q7 expands on its luxurious offerings by providing the automaker’s smart key as standard across all of the SUV’s trims, which allows owners to open the vehicle and start the car while keeping the key in their pocket. Premium Plus trims now come with a Bose surround sound system as standard, while the Prestige trim now features power door closers as part of the SUV’s standard equipment. In other words, it's something of a light year for Audi's largest SUV.

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Choosing Your Audi Q7

The 2018 Q7's new features add an extra dose of accessibility to the vehicle, while the SUV’s performance remains unchanged with two available powertrains to choose from. The Premium and Premium Plus trims get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque as standard.

The two trims are also available with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, which is standard on the Prestige trim. It makes 333 hp and 325 pound-feet of torque. All Q7 trims continue to utilize an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox with Quattro all-wheel drive for all-year capability.

Despite its large size, the Q7 has received adequate fuel economy ratings from the EPA. Trims fitted with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine are rated at 19 miles per gallon city, 25 highway, and 21 combined. The larger, more powerful 3.0-liter V6 matches those ratings according to the EPA website – we suspect there could be a mistake here, since Audi's own consumer page lists the V6's ratings as "TBD."

Unlike large SUVs from yesteryear, the Q7’s new looks, which are more wagon-like, also translates to the way the SUV performs. With the larger V6 engine, the Q7 performs similarly to a large sports sedan, which can be attributed to a body that relies heavily on steel and aluminum, while Audi Drive Select helps sharpens the SUV’s engine, steering, suspension, and transmission for a sportier feel when in Dynamic mode.

While the 2018 Q7 is a capable all-rounder, it does come at a steep price that has increased for 2018. Last year’s Q7 2.0T Premium trim started at $49,950 (including last year's $950 in destination fees). For 2018, the price has increased modestly, to $50,875 for the same configuration (including a slightly higher destination charge of $975).

The 2018 Q7, which is currently on sale, is available in three different trims:

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Starting at $50,875 for the four-cylinder and $57,875 for the V6, standard equipment for the Premium trim includes three-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rear view mirror, heated leather seats with eight-way power adjustments, a seven-inch infotainment display, ten-speaker audio system, Audi advanced key, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, heated side mirrors, and a power tailgate.

An available Cold Weather Package ($650) adds all-weather floor mats, a heated three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, and heated rear seats. The MMI Navigation Plus Package ($3,000) adds Audi connect Care, Audi connect Prime & Plus, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch, and Audi smartphone interface.

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Premium Plus

The Premium Plus trim, which starts at $54,875 for the 2.0-liter model and $61,375 for the 3.0-liter, comes with a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, an 8.3-inch navigation infotainment system, Bose surround sound, front/rear parking sensors with a rear view camera, blind-spot monitoring, Audi Drive Select, power tailgate with hands-free release, aluminum roof rails, and LED turn signals.

Premium Plus trims are available with a Cold Weather Package ($650), which adds the same features as lower trims, while four other packages are available. The Driver Assistance Package ($2,400) adds adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning with auto emergency braking, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, and an electric tilt/telescoping steering column.

The Ventilation Package ($1,050) adds ventilated front seats and sunshades for the tailgate and rear doors. The Warm Weather Package ($1,600) comes with four-zone automatic climate control and ventilated front seats. Lastly, the Vision Package ($2,000) adds Audi's all-digital Virtual Cockpit, full LED headlights, and a surround-view camera system.

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Starting at $66,375, the Q7 Prestige trim adds various luxury features over the other trims. Highlights include 20-inch 10-spoke wheels, full LED headlights, a 19-speaker Bose 3D sound system with a 15-channel amplifier, top view camera system, Audi Virtual Cockpit with a head-up display, four-zone automatic climate control with diffuser vent, 12-way power front seats with heating and ventilation in front.

The Prestige trim has the Cold Weather Package ($650) and Driver Assistance Package ($2,400) as available extras. Other packages, include the Titanium-Black Optic Package ($1,700) that adds 21-inch Audi Sport five-twin design matte wheels, black front grille, roof rails, window surrounds, and side blade, as well as black exhaust tips. The Luxury Package ($5,000) adds a light Alcantara headliner, individual contour front seats with ventilation and massage, and Valcona leather interior.

CarsDirect Tip

The base Q7 Premium comes handsomely equipped with high-tech features. For those looking to have the latest and greatest, only the Prestige will do. But we recommend going with the base model and opting for the 3.0-liter supercharged V6, as the engine brings a host of features with it, making the roughly $6,500 different well worth the price.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The Audi Q7 is a three-row crossover utility vehicle delivering what shoppers want: a roomy, luxurious, and tech-filled model. The 2018 Q7 is one of Audi’s best products, delivering an impressive list of standard and available features.

Best Value

Audi packages its largest SUV in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard on the first two grades, while a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is available across the range (and standard on Prestige models). We think the V6 offers the right amount of power under heavy loads, which is why it's our engine of choice for our recommended Premium trim.

The 2018 Q7 Premium with the V6 starts at $57,375 (including the $975 destination charge). An eight-speed automatic transmission works alongside this engine. Standard features include Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, rear fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control, leather seats, and a 19-speaker audio system.

  • Model: 2018 Audi Q7 Premium
  • Engine: 3.0-liter V6
  • Output: 333 hp/325 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 19 city/25 highway
  • Options: The Audi MMI Navigation Plus Package ($3,000) brings navigation, smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and Audi's connect CARE and connect PRIME & PLUS subscriptions.
  • Base Price: $57,375 for the Q7 Premium with the V6 (including $975 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $60,375


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The 2018 Audi Q7 with its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission works alongside this engine. Our recommended engine is the 3.0-liter supercharged V6, generating 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. We think this engine works best when tasked with supporting a heavy load. Importantly, the V6 matches the standard engine’s fuel economy numbers with an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

The Audi’s supercharged V6 is powerful, delivering excellent power under all conditions, including when passing and while supporting a full load of people and gear. All models come equipped with Audi’s much-heralded Quattro all-wheel drive system, which is especially useful on wet and slippery roads, sending up to 70 percent of its power to the front wheels or 85 percent to the rear wheels as needed.

The Q7’s standard suspension system is tuned to consume uneven pavement. Steering is light to the touch, yet this crossover stays planted on corners and imbues confidence on curvy roads.

Interior and Exterior

The Q7 projects a bold, yet elegant presence with a strong stance. Its sheet metal is clean and well proportioned. The Q7 upholds the brand’s design language, at least from the outside. LED lights, beautiful wheels ranging in size from 18 to 20 inches, and the expected clamshell liftgate are present.

Audi turns up the elegance on the inside. Even entry-level models come swathed in leather and trimmed in wood, a combination few competitors can claim. If there's a drawback, that'd be its standard cargo space, measuring just 14.8 cubic feet behind the third row. Even with the third-row seat folded, owners are left with 37.5 cubic feet. Behind the first row, there's 71.6 cubic feet of storage space.

The Q7’s cabin seats five in comfort with ample room in the first two rows. As expected, the front seats are best in the house, offering ample support and adjustability. Three adults may sit side by side in the second row, while the third row is best reserved for youngsters – legroom is tight and seat support takes a hit.

The Best and Worst Things

The Audi Q7 may be the best of the best among family-size luxury SUVs, as it offers superb attention to detail and an unmistakable swaddling feel. On the flip side, prices can surge tremendously as buyers work their way up the trim and package chain.

Right For...

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Families who want the luxury, comfort, and eye candy of an Audi utility vehicle. The jump from a fully-loaded minivan to the base Q7 is attainable for many.

Wrong For...

Budget-minded consumers. Reasonably-equipped models cost about $60,000 – a stretch for some families. The Volkswagen Atlas is an affordable and even roomier alternative for buyers who prefer to stay with the VW Group.

The Bottom Line

The Q7 holds the banner high for both the brand and the segment. The standard Premium trim should be sufficient for most, although buyers who prefer the highest level of tech features should look to the Prestige trim.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 252 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Standard: 8-spd Tiptronic w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Quattro All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 252 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Quattro All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 25 / 22 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
22.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
71.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
199.6 "
Exterior Width
77.5 "
Exterior Height
68.5 "
Front Headroom
38.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.8 "
Front Legroom
41.7 "
Rear Legroom
38.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,696 Lbs.
Wheel Base
118 "
Turning Radius
20.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
35-30-35 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 / 19 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Audi Pre Sense Basic Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Audi Side Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Audi Active Lane Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Audi Pre Sense City Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parktronic Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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