In This Guide:
- How Many Passengers Can it Seat?
- What’s new for 2017?
- Trim Levels, Options, and Pricing
- Interior Design and Seating
- Powertrain and Performance
- Safety Features
- Driving Impressions
Completely redesigned 2017 Audi Q7 delivers on Audi’s promise of a Full-Size Luxury SUV for driving enthusiasts.
Many Luxury SUV manufacturers don’t understand the need to balance utility with performance. Not so with Audi. Over the years they’ve become increasingly proficient at creating a great driving experience without sacrificing style, space, or comfort. With the 2017 Audi Q7 they have once again nailed this formula, introducing a vehicle that is a thrill to drive and will seat seven. The robust engine, enhanced suspension, IIHS top-rated safety features, and all-wheel steering system work together to keep the thrill of zipping through a winding road both fun and safe. A spacious and gadget filled luxury interior round out the package; even the most discerning buyers will find the Q7 meets their high expectations.
How Many Passengers Can It Seat?
It comes standard with seating for 7 passengers.
What’s New for 2017?
Audi has completely redesigned the Q7. New styling and a reworked interior display a quietly understated opulence not present in other vehicles. Four-wheel steering allows for increased handling at high and low speeds. The 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 puts out 333 horsepower, with more powertrain options to come. Sophisticated suspension management systems improve ride quality, off-road capability, and safety. The body itself is smaller than the previous model, but manages to increase interior space through clever design.
Trim Levels, Options & Pricing
Starting at $54,800 (MSRP) and going as high as $90,000+, the Audi Q7 is not cheap. Trim options include Premium, Premium plus, and Prestige, with more standard features at each level of trim. For the base model, standard features include front and rear parking sensors, a forward collision detection system, HD/satellite radio, climate control, USB ports, a large sunroof, ABS, cruise control, a center mounted 7-inch display for controlling Audi’s information/entertainment system, and an additional driver centered Virtual Cockpit display screen.
As usual, Audi’s optional extras are both numerous and expensive. Audi’s navigation system will set you back $3,000 on the standard Premium model, and the list of available options goes on from there. Driver assistance, warm/cold weather packages, Audi’s vision package, upgraded sound system, towing, rear seat entertainment, larger rims, rear side airbags, a heads up display, and a multitude of interior customization options comprise most of the optional extras available.
A fully loaded Prestige Q7 costs nearly $88,000, not including cosmetic extras like the Audi logo being displayed by lights on the floor mats. A four year 50,000 mile warranty is included, after the warranty has expired expect repairs to be costly if they do occur, as per standard with most European vehicles.
Interior Design and Seating
Interior design on the Q7 is both stylish and functional. Audi has moved much of their entertainment and car control systems from the previous year, placing them in locations that are easier to reach and less distracting to the driver. The leather upholstery looks and feels good stretched over comfortable seats, with spacious headroom in the front and second rows.
Third-row seating may feel cramped for adults and there is less cargo space than some competitor models, a side effect of the Q7’s small exterior profile. An aesthetically pleasing dash and side paneling draw attention without feeling overtly extravagant. The materials themselves feel solid, with no cheap or plastic-like parts to be found. Being in the Audi Q7 is both comfortable and relaxing, both for it’s driver and passengers.
Performance and Powertrain
As people have come to expect from Audi, the Q7 is a performance vehicle first and a Luxury SUV second. The powerful supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 is rated at 333 horsepower @ 5500 RPM and 325 pounds-feet of torque, controlled by a 8-speed automatic Tiptronic manual transmission, and an optional dynamic suspension that includes off and all-road driving options. The upgraded intelligent suspension system will help the Q7 during off-road adventures, but it’s still not a true off-road vehicle.
All-wheel drive comes as standard, with all-wheel steering providing maximum grip under intense high-speed cornering conditions, or to work opposite the front wheels when parking for a smaller turning radius.
EPA estimates rate the TFSI V6 at 19mpg city, 25 highway, about average for today’s large Luxury SUVs. Overall, Audi has done a fantastic job incorporating the performance needs of a Sport SUV with the safety concerns of a family vehicle.
Following the trend of other Luxury manufacturers, Audi has incorporated a host of safety features into the standard Q7 model. Front collision detection, ABS, air-bags (front side standard, rear side optional), Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display placed in front of the driver for increased focus while driving, pedestrian detection systems, and numerous other features designed to keep you and your fellow drivers safe while on the road.
Sophisticated front and rear object detection will keep you following the vehicle in front of you at a safe distance, for example. Audi’s concern for the safety of it’s drivers seems to have paid off; the Q7 received IIHS’s top safety pick for 2016, earning a “good” rating in every category, as well an excellent rating in front crash prevention.
The Q7 is a thrill and a joy to drive. The supercharged V6 provides immediate power and throttle response, launching the vehicle forward in an impressive display of acceleration for a Luxury SUV. Nimble handling makes the Q7 feel more like a sporty wagon than a large SUV, a by-product of Audi’s numerous suspension and technology upgrades from the previous year.
The ride is smooth while the steering still gives accurate and usable feedback from the tires in both everyday and performance driving conditions. Rugged tires and all-wheel drive keep a firm grip on the road under all weather conditions, though it’s worth noting that the Q7’s off-road capabilities are still lacking the diversity of a true off-road vehicle. The real treat here is in Audi’s all-wheel drive system; when coupled with the powerful engine it evokes an exciting driving experience lacking in it’s competitors offerings. BMW may claim to make the perfect driving machine, but Audi seeks to challenge that title in the Luxury SUV class with the 2017 Q7.
Over to You
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