The updated 2020 Audi Q7 adds a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine with more horsepower and torque than last year's version. Additionally, it gets the latest version of the brand's MMI touch response infotainment system with dual touchscreens in place of the old rotary dial and button setup.
The Q7 also receives some minor styling tweaks. It features a new front spoiler design and new 19-inch wheels. Finally, active safety features have been made more available for the 2020 model year.
Choosing Your Audi Q7
The Q7 is available in Audi's traditional three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Pricing starts at $55,795 including destination for the Premium model and climbs to $72,195 for the range-topping Prestige.
The Q7 has a choice of two gas engines. The Premium and Premium Plus start with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder called 45 TFSI in Audi parlance. The Prestige comes standard with the new 3.0-liter turbo V6, or 55 TFSI. The V6 is available on the lower two trims for an extra $6,000 (Premium) or $6,600 (Premium Plus).
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinderr||248 hp||273 lb-ft||Not Yet Rated|
|3.0L Turbo V6||335 hp||369 lb-ft||18 mpg|
Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard on every model.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Audi Q7 is a midsize crossover SUV with seating for seven passengers across three rows. Cargo capacity has yet to be confirmed by the automaker.
Every Q7 comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors.
Midrange Premium Plus models further add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a vehicle exit warning system, and a surround-view camera system. Those first three features are available on the Premium as part of the Convenience Package ($1,200).
The Prestige trim ups the ante with standard adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, traffic jam assist, and traffic sign recognition. All of these features can be equipped on the Premium Plus through Driver Assistance Package ($1,750).
Dials and buttons have effectively been abolished from the Q7’s dash, with the MMI rotary controller giving way to a pair touchscreens: a 10.1-inch upper and an 8.6-inch lower unit. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, HD radio, satellite radio, and Bluetooth are all standard. Every model also features Audi's virtual cockpit system with a 12.3-inch LCD digital instrument cluster.
The Premium Plus trim ups connectivity with a wireless phone charger and signal booster. This is also part of the Convenience Package ($1,200) on Premium models. The Prestige model adds a head-up display.
As you’d expect from a luxury crossover, every Q7 is well equipped. The Premium trim comes with a sunroof, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats with memory for the driver's seat, three-zone climate control, a power steering column, and a power-folding third row. It also benefits from keyless entry, LED headlights and taillights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, roof rails, a power tailgate, and 19-inch wheels.
The $750 Cold Weather Package provides a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and all-weather floor mats. The $1,200 Convenience Package bundles blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, the wireless charging pad, ambient interior LED lighting, auto-dimming side mirrors, and more.
For a modest $2,400 price increase, the Premium Plus adds some desirable features over the base model. These include the contents of the Convenience Package, a 3D surround-sound audio system, and a surround-view camera systems. Premium Plus models with the V6 also get 20-inch wheels.
The newly-available Warm Weather Package ($1,600) upgrades to 12-way power front seats with heating and ventilation, four-zone climate control, and sunshades for the rear doors windows. .
There’s a substantial price hike for Prestige Q7s, though roughly half of this increase is explained by the now-standard V6 engine. Other key upgrades include adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, the head-up display, the contents of the Warm Weather Package, dual-pane acoustic glass for the side windows, and power soft-closing doors.
The main option for Prestige buyers is the $6,400 Luxury Package. This upgrades the front seats to 18-way power with massage capability, memory functionality for the passenger seat, an Alcantara headliner, and leather coverings for the instrument panel, door armrests, center console, and more. Prestige buyers can also add night vision assistance for $2,500 or a 23-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system for $4,900.
While the 2020 Audi Q7 Prestige offers limo-like specifications, especially with some of the available packages, you don’t really need to stray beyond the Premium trim to get a well-appointed and comfortable crossover.