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Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
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2019 Audi Q7 Review

The 2019 Audi Q7 ranks highly among luxury midsize SUVs because of its engaging performance, high-end interior, and user-friendly features.

Pros & Cons

  • Lavish interior
  • Athletic handling
  • Impressive optional V6 engine
  • Comfortable, supportive seats
  • Limited third-row seating space

Is the Audi Q7 a Good SUV?

The Audi Q7 is a great luxury midsize SUV that does almost everything well. It has a capable base engine and a much more thrilling optional powertrain, both of which deliver good fuel economy. It's also fun to drive, especially for a vehicle of its size. The third row is a bit tight for adults, but there's plenty of seating room in the first two rows. The Q7's cabin is awash in premium materials, and its infotainment features are straightforward to use. We named the Q7 our 2019 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families because of its superior combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features.

Should I Buy the Audi Q7?

Though its $53,550 price tag is a little above average for the segment, the 2019 Q7 is a good value thanks to standard all-wheel drive and three rows of seats. A closely ranked competitor like the BMW X5 costs a lot more, but it doesn't have many distinct advantages over the Audi. The Q7 is also a better value than the brand-new (and much more expensive) Audi Q8 SUV.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi Q7?

Audi fully redesigned the Q7 for the 2017 model year. Aside from proximity key entry becoming standard for the 2018 model year, there have been few major changes in this generation. To get the most bang for your buck, you may want to shop for a 2017 Q7. It will cost a lot less than a new Q7 and have many of the same attributes. Audi put the Q7 on hold for the 2016 model year before the redesign, so the last model year of the prior generation is the 2015 Q7. Those models should be significantly cheaper than a new one, but they’re also vastly different.

Be sure to check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Q7 if you're considering a used model. If you decide an older Q7 is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars. 

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We Did the Research for You: 17 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 17 Audi Q7 reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Q7 is the right new car for you. This 2019 Audi Q7 review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2017 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Audi Q7 Cost?

The 2019 Audi Q7 has a slightly above-average starting price for a luxury midsize SUV. The Q7 Premium ($53,550) and Premium Plus ($56,900) come standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and equipping them with an optional supercharged V6 raises the starting price by $6,400. The range-topping Q7 Prestige only comes with the V6 and costs $68,700. Adding most major options to the Q7’s highest trim pushes its price to more than $92,000. 

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Audi Q7 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi Q7 or BMW X5?

Like the Q7, the BMW X5 is a well-rounded luxury midsize SUV that earns a high ranking. This BMW is fully redesigned for 2019, and it impresses with a fancy 12.3-inch touch-screen infotainment display. The X5 comes standard with five seats, but a two-seat third row is optional. Behind their first and second rows of seats, these SUVs have similar cargo capacities, so neither has a clear advantage over the other when it comes to utility. The X5 has the edge in engine power and options: It comes standard with a 335-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder, and a 456-horsepower turbo V8 is optional. Your choices for the Q7 are a 248-horsepower turbo-four or a 329-horsepower supercharged V6. Both of these German rivals have engaging handling, dialed-in steering, and a supple ride. Overall, the Q7 is likely the better buy because of its value – it starts at about $7,000 less than the X5, and it comes with standard all-wheel drive and three rows of seats. If you have more room in your budget, choosing between these two could come down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: Audi Q7 or Audi Q8?

The Audi Q8 is an all-new vehicle from the brand, and it's also one of the most expensive SUVs in the class with a starting price of above $67,000. You only get two rows of seats and less cargo space than the Q7, but that high cost gets you a totally different set of features and interior design. The Q8 comes with Audi's new dual-touch-screen infotainment setup that dominates the cabin layout. Both the Q7 and Q8 boast deft handling and a controlled ride. The Q8 is only available with one engine choice – a V6 that sometimes feels underpowered. Families should be drawn to the Q7 for its extra two seats and added cargo capacity. The Q8 has a nicer, more modern interior, but you're better off going with the Q7 and saving a ton of money.

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Q7 Interior

How Many People Does the Q7 Seat?

The Audi Q7 has seats for seven people. Occupants in the first two rows should have plenty of space and comfort while traveling. The driver and passenger seats have standard eight-way power adjustments that make it easy to find a relaxing position. Heated front seats are also standard. You can opt for ventilated and 12-way power-adjustable front seats, or 18-way specially contoured front seats that also feature heating and cooling.

Adults can ride in the rearmost pair of seats for short trips, but they likely won't want to stay in for longer trips because the seat design makes your knees stick up uncomfortably. Smaller adults or children will be more satisfied back there.

Q7 and Car Seats

The Q7 excels in its car-seat accommodations. Each of the five rear seats has a complete set of LATCH connections. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the system its highest rating of Good+, noting that all the attachment points are easy to access and use.

Q7 Interior Quality

In line with its high price point, the 2019 Q7's cabin is rich and elegant with standard leather upholstery and real wood trim pieces. You can opt for premium or high-end leather seats. Another option package covers most of the interior surfaces in Nappa leather.  

Q7 Cargo Space

The Audi Q7 has 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row of seats. Pop them down using the standard power-folding feature, and you get 37.5 cubic feet. There's a maximum of 71.6 cubic feet with both the second and third rows folded. These cargo volumes are a little below average for a luxury midsize SUV, but you still get a lot of space. A hands-free power liftgate is also standard.

Q7 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2019 Q7 is chock-full of features. The standard MMI infotainment system includes an 8.3-inch display and amenities like Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, navigation, handwriting recognition, and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The MMI interface uses a rotary dial on the center console to control most of the infotainment functions. If you've never used a system like this before, there may be a slight learning curve. Operation is pretty straightforward once you figure out where every control is located within the menus. A row of neatly arranged physical buttons and knobs controls climate and temperature functions.

In addition to its long list of standard features, the Q7 has a lot of optional tech. You can choose from a 19-speaker Bose or a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and opt for wireless device charging and four-zone automatic climate control. Audi's optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (virtual cockpit in company parlance) replaces the standard 7-inch driver information display. You can transfer vital information like navigation or car settings over to this screen from the infotainment screen for easier viewing.

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Q7 Performance

Q7 Engine: All Charged Up

This Audi comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That's a sufficient amount of muscle to get the Q7 moving with little drama, but it might feel sluggish if the car is loaded with lots of people or cargo. For more potent acceleration and passing power, look to the optional 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that gets 329 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. This powertrain is more adept at rocketing the big SUV along. Both engines come mated to a refined eight-speed automatic transmission, which shifts with precision and always seems to find the right gear.

Q7 Gas Mileage: Better Than Average

Regardless of which engine is under the hood, the 2019 Q7 gets 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are pretty good for the class. The BMW X5 is a little more efficient, at 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. And despite its mild-hybrid assist, the Audi Q8 only manages 17/22 mpg city/highway.

Q7 Ride and Handling: Well-Balanced

Whether you prioritize sporty handling or a posh ride, the Q7 delivers. It takes corners with the enthusiasm of a smaller vehicle, and the steering is well-weighted for any situation you're in. The suspension dispatches bumps, holes, or other imperfections in the road with ease.

A couple of optional features elevate the Q7's driving dynamics. Adaptive air suspension smooths out the ride even further, while available all-wheel steering cuts down the turning radius to give you better maneuverability in tight spaces.

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Q7 Reliability

Is the Audi Q7 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Q7 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Audi Q7 Warranty

Audi covers the Q7 with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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Q7 Safety

Q7 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Audi Q7 a five-star overall crash test rating. The Q7 earned four out of five stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Q7 a top rating of Good in six crash test categories.

Q7 Safety Features

The 2019 Q7 comes standard with a rearview camera as well as front and rear parking sensors. It also includes Audi Pre Sense front, which consists of forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Other optional driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, automatic parking assist, and a night vision assistant with pedestrian detection.

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Which Audi Q7 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Audi Q7 comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine (2.0T designation) is standard in the Premium and Premium Plus models, and a supercharged V6 (3.0T designation) is optional. The Q7 Prestige only comes with the V6. An eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive are also standard in all trims.

The base 2019 Q7 comes well-equipped for its price, with standard leather and heated seats, a panoramic sunroof, and infotainment features like navigation, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. It also features driver aids like parking sensors and a forward collision prevention system. However, the midrange Premium Plus trim is a better choice. This trim costs a few thousand dollars more and adds the Virtual Cockpit display, a Bose stereo, a surround-view parking camera, and blind spot monitoring. The Premium Plus model also gives you access to packages with features like ventilated front seats and other active safety features.

Audi Q7 Premium

The 2019 Q7 2.0T starts at $53,550, while the 3.0T model retails for $59,950. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated and eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a power-folding third row, a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch digital driver information display, proximity key entry, push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a power liftgate. Standard driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

The Q7’s MMI infotainment system includes Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, an 8.3-inch display screen, navigation, handwriting recognition, and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The optional $750 Cold Weather package comes with a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. For $850, the Convenience package includes auto-dimming exterior mirrors, wireless device charging, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Audi Q7 Premium Plus

The Q7 Premium Plus 2.0T retails for $56,900, and the Premium Plus 3.0T starts at $63,300. This model adds LED headlights, a 19-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless device charging, a surround-view parking camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

As in the base model, the Cold Weather package is optional. The $1,550 Warm Weather Package includes four-zone automatic climate control, rear-window sunshades, and ventilated and 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Spend $2,800 to get the Driver Assistance package and its adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic parking assist.

Audi Q7 Prestige

The 2019 Q7 Prestige starts at $68,700 and comes with the Warm Weather and Driver Assistance packages included. It also adds a head-up display, power soft-closing doors, and LED interior lighting.

The Q7 Prestige offers the Cold Weather package along with the Luxury package. For $5,650, the latter group includes Valcona leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable and massaging contoured front seats, an Alcantara headliner, and Nappa leather-wrapped interior trim pieces.

The $4,000 Adaptive Chassis package adds an adaptive air suspension and all-wheel steering. You can get a night vision assistant with pedestrian detection for $2,500 and a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system for $5,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Audi Q7 is fun to drive and provides a level of interior refinement and enjoyment that few rivals can match. It also serves as a great value compared to higher-priced luxury midsize SUVs.  

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "As Audi’s flagship luxury SUV, the 3-row/7-passenger 2019 Q7 is perfectly positioned to challenge rivals like the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Lincoln Aviator. Although its styling remains on the subtle side, the Q7 is brimming with high-tech features and possesses one of the most handsome interiors in its class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Q7 is a must-drive contender in its class. It's a premium SUV that turns the notion of a 7-seater family vehicle into something extremely desirable." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "The Audi Q7 is one of the top luxury crossovers in the midsize segment. It offers an appealing combo of performance, comfort, technology and value. Its well-built interior and advanced suite of semiautonomous driver-assistance features are also noteworthy." -- Edmunds (2018)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: May 24, 2019

Falling Sales: So far this year, Q7 sales have dropped 13% compared to the same span in 2018, but it still places in the upper-third of the luxury midsize SUV sales race. The dominant Lexus RX is currently outselling the Q7 more than 3 to 1.

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