In 2017, the Audi Q7 entered its second generation after a relatively modest redesign. Audi enhanced its looks in 2020, and the Q7 remained mostly the same in 2021. With the design still fresh, we expect the 2022 Audi Q7 to be a carryover model.
The 2020 refresh was almost more significant than the 2017 redesign, bringing in more angular headlights and taillights, and giving the Q7 a more aggressive appearance. The interior also went through a surprising amount of change in the refresh, eliminating the retracting infotainment screen and replacing it with a fixed touchscreen further down the dash. Audi also swapped out the massive full-width HVAC vent with a thinner unit, redesigned the HVAC controls, and added a new center console. With these updates still fresh and modern, we expect the 2022 Audi Q7 to remain unchanged.
The current Q7 is also very well-equipped. It comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, an 8.6-inch touchscreen for vehicle and climate controls, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, 19-inch wheels, power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, power-adjustable heated front seats, power-folding third-row seats, and a split-folding second-row bench. We expect this to remain the same in the 2022 Audi Q7.
The current Audi Q7 has three powertrain options, starting with a 248-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Next up is the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 335 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the range-topping powertrain is the SQ7’s 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 with 500 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. All three engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. We expect the 2022 Q7 to continue with the same powertrain options.
The current Q7 hasn’t been through IIHS testing, but the 2020 model was. It pulled off “Good” ratings in all crash tests but lagged with a “Poor” rating in the headlight test, booting it from Top Safety Pick consideration. Its standard automatic emergency braking received “Superior” ratings for pedestrians and other vehicles. Other standard safety gear on the current Q7 includes active lane control, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and a driver-attention monitor that can slow the Q7 to a stop and turn on hazards if the driver becomes unresponsive. We expect these ratings and features to remain the same on the 2022 Audi Q7.