With Audi not expected to introduce a new, next-generation Q7, the existing model will soldier on for as long as possible. There’s a facelifted version expected in the next few years, but currently, we’re looking at the most recent model, which arrived on sale a few years ago.
It remains as fresh as the day it was unveiled, helped by a cutting-edge interior design that includes three different digital displays, along with advanced technologies like HD Matrix LED lights and all-wheel steering.
What’s under the bonnet?
Huge demand and limited availability of a recent plug-in hybrid Q7 has led to Audi closing orders for the model, with this SUV currently only available with petrol or diesel engines, albeit with mild-hybrid technology to enhance performance and boost efficiency. All also come with quattro all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox.
There’s a choice of two 3.0-litre diesel engines – the 228bhp 45 TDI and 282bhp 50 TDI. If you’d prefer a petrol, there’s a punchy 335bhp 3.0-litre TFSI unit that can take the Q7 from 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds, though will be quite thirsty to run. If you want more performance still, there’s the SQ7 right at the top of the line-up.
What’s it like to drive?
Comfort is the name of the game with the Q7, and with its standard adaptive air suspension, the ride quality is superb. It’s relatively softly sprung, and though you can stiffer things up by flicking through the various driver modes, the most supple modes are the best.
The Q7’s refinement is exceptional as well, and along with its excellent petrol and diesel engines, makes this SUV ideal for undertaking longer trips. It might not be the most dynamic of cars in its class, but we reckon refinement and comfort are the priorities for a car of this type.
How does it look?
The Audi Q7 is certainly an imposing-looking model and not one for those that want to go around unnoticed. The entry-level trim levels, with more subdued looks, have been discontinued, so it’s now only the sportier S line and bolder Black Edition versions that are available.
But the overall design of the Audi Q7 is smart, with details such as its large Singleframe grille and smart LED lighting really helping it along the way,
What’s it like inside?
The Q7’s interior is one of the best of any SUV. Though the triple digital displays (one for the instrument cluster, main touchscreen and climate menu) can be quite a lot to learn at first, you quickly adjust to it. The quality throughout is superb too, with only top-notch materials being used throughout.
There’s an abundance of space on offer as well, with the Q7 being one of few SUVs that can genuinely seat seven adults in relative comfort, and with boot space to spare.
What’s the spec like?
Audi offers three different trim levels on the Q7, though all come with a generous amount of equipment. Standard features on the S line include 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive air suspension, Matrix LED headlights and full leather upholstery to name just a few features.
Upgrading to the Black Edition brings 21-ich alloy wheels, a sportier suspension setup and most noticeably a full black exterior styling kit. At the top of the line-up, the Vorsprung is truly loaded with equipment, including features like soft-closing doors, massaging and ventilated front seats and an Alcantara headlining.
The Audi Q7 is one of those SUVs that can truly do it all. Offering a huge amount of space, its interior also remains one of the best in the business.
So while the Q7 might not be the latest or most cutting-edge SUV, if you want a large SUV that majors on day-to-day usability and comfort, they don’t get much better than this.