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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.8
Safety: 9.3
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2018 Audi Q7 Review

The 2018 Audi Q7 combines a luxurious cabin with a wide range of features and fun, sporty performance. While these qualities propel it to a high ranking in the crowded and competitive luxury midsize SUV class, the Q7's cramped third-row and below-average predicted reliability rating may turn some shoppers away. 

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious, comfortable, and quiet cabin
  • Impressive standard and available safety features
  • Energetic, fuel-efficient engines
  • Refined ride and handling
  • Below-average cargo room
  • Cramped third row

Is the Audi Q7 a Good SUV?

The Audi Q7 is a great luxury midsize SUV that’s just as impressive inside as it is under the hood. The Q7 has a polished interior, a ton of safety and technology features, potent powertrains, and lithe handling. However, it may put too much emphasis on "sport" and not enough on "utility," as its third row and cargo space are small for the class. The Q7's long list of family-friendly tech and ample praise from automotive journalists helped make it a finalist for our 2018 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families award. 

Should I Buy the Audi Q7?

The 2018 Q7 should appeal to most shoppers searching for a luxury crossover SUV. Those looking for spirited driving will appreciate its powerful engine choices and agile handling. The Q7 is also a great choice for families, thanks to good crash test scores, loads of safety features, and more child seat anchors than most of the competition offer. In a class where many rivals start at more than $50,000, the Q7 is a relative bargain with an MSRP just under that price point.

Still, this is a very competitive segment of the market, and there are many solid alternatives to consider. The BMW X5 gives the Q7 a run for its money in overall performance, while the Volvo XC90 has an amazingly posh and elegant interior.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi Q7?

After the 2015 model year, Audi put the Q7 on ice for a year before introducing a redesigned model for 2017. The 2017 redesign introduced a new base six-cylinder engine that has 53 more horsepower and gets 3 more mpg than the previous generation. The 2018 model gets a new turbo-four base engine. A V6 is optional. The new base engine has about 80 fewer horsepower than the V6, but both earn the same fuel economy estimates.

The turbodiesel engine was discontinued after 2015. The 2017 and 2018 Q7s have many more features, including massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, a surround-view camera, and a head-up display.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars with a used Q7, though you'll miss out on the benefits of the vehicle's redesign if you go back further than the 2015 model. Be sure to check out our reviews of the 2015 and 2017 Q7 if you're considering a used model, and take a look at our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 25 Reviews Analyzed

For our 2018 Audi Q7 review, we researched dozens of professional evaluations, along with safety scores, reliability data, and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best buying decision possible.

This Audi Q7 overview incorporates research from all model years in the current generation, which includes the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Audi Q7 Cost?

A new Q7 has a starting price that’s about average for a luxury midsize SUV. Audi offers two different engines for this SUV. Prices for four-cylinder engine models range from $49,900 to $53,900. There are more trim levels available with the V6 engine, with starting prices between $56,400 and $65,400. For great savings on a new Audi Q7 at your local Audi dealer, check out our U.S. News Best Price Program. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

Audi Q7 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi Q7 or BMX X5?

The Q7 and the BMW X5 match up evenly in most categories. Both deliver excellent overall performance, with balanced and sporty handling. The Q7 has two available engines, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is optional with the BMW. The X5 gives you a few more powertrain options, such as a fuel-efficient turbodiesel, a plug-in hybrid, and a high-performance X5 M model. The Q7's smoother, quieter ride is more relaxing than the X5’s. On the other hand, the BMW rates higher for predicted reliability. Ultimately, both of these SUVs are top picks in this class. 

Which Is Better: Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90?

While the Q7 features a blend of exciting performance and an upscale interior, the Volvo XC90's primary appeal is its refined cabin, which is one of the nicest in the class. The Volvo offers plenty of seating space in all three rows and more cargo space than the Audi. Both SUVs' infotainment systems are user friendly. The XC90 is a better value, considering its space, quality, and starting price that’s a few thousand less than the Q7. However, if you really value performance, go with the Audi. 

Which Is Better: Audi Q7 or Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 is one of the best compact luxury SUVs out there. Fully redesigned for 2018, it has similar performance, feature availability, and quality to its larger sibling. If you can live without the third row and extra cargo space, you'd be wise to save a bunch of money and buy the Q5. But if you need more room and have a bigger budget, the midsize Q7 is worth considering as well. 

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Q7 Interior

How Many People Does the Q7 Seat?

The Q7 is a 3-row SUV with seating for up to seven people. Its first and second rows are spacious and comfortable. Visibility is good all-around, and with the standard panoramic sunroof, the cabin has a light, open feeling. Like many seven-seat vehicles, the third row is cramped, though competitors like the Volvo XC90 offer a smidge more legroom.

Q7 and Car Seats

The seven-seater Q7 is an excellent vehicle for caregivers using child safety seats. It has five seats with full LATCH hardware, which is almost unheard of. As a bonus, the anchors are easy to find and use.

Q7 Interior Quality

Inside, the Q7 is spectacularly refined, with high-quality materials covering every surface and every detail carefully attended to. An abundance of luxuries comes standard, and many other indulgences are optional. Some of the most notable include a phenomenal Bang & Olufsen audio system, a cutting-edge driver's display, and massaging front seats.

Q7 Cargo Space

Several features make the Q7's cargo area user-friendly. In all models, you can open the liftgate with the touch of a button, and with some models it also opens with a wave of your foot (a particularly helpful feature when your hands are full). You can easily create a large cargo area with the power-folding third-row seats, and each second- and third-row seat folds individually, allowing for a wide variety of configurations. For extra-easy loading, the available air suspension system can lower the vehicle, bringing the cargo floor closer to the ground. 

However, you’ll get less cargo space in the Q7 than in most other 3-row SUVs of this size: 37.5 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 71.6 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. The Q7 also has few in-cabin storage cubbies.

Q7 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Q7 comes with Audi's newest MMI infotainment system, and it's one of the best systems around. The interface is straightforward to use once you learn it, with crisp graphics and redundant buttons within easy reach of the driver. The upgraded system – available in every trim – is even better. With smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, functionality increases tremendously. Audi's Virtual Cockpit is a user favorite. It replaces the driver's gauges with a 12.3-inch screen, and you can customize this with different navigation and media displays.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Q7 Performance

Q7 Engine: 2 Engine Options

You choose between two engines to power your 2018 Q7. The base engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder (models with this engine are designated as 2.0 models). It has a decent amount of power to move this midsize SUV, and its lower purchase price makes it the economical choice. For more gusto, there's a supercharged V6 engine that accompanies all 3.0 Q7 models. It's the better pick if you want a higher towing capacity or if you want to climb a mountain pass or overtake a slower vehicle with ease. If you want this upgrade, add an extra $6,500 to the price tag.

Q7 Gas Mileage: Thrifty City Driving

No matter which engine you pick, you'll get above-average fuel economy. Both get 19 mpg in the city (one of the highest ratings in this class) and 25 mpg on the highway.

Q7 Ride and Handling: Sporty and Smooth

The Q7 handles more like a sports car than most SUVs this size, with similar driving traits as the larger Audi A8 sedan. It owes much of this to a well-tuned Drive Select system. This sets the car into one of four modes (comfort, dynamic, auto, and off road), and while some similar systems are more for show, there are genuine differences in the Audi's settings. Every model comes with Quattro all-wheel drive, and for enhanced sportiness, you can add upgrades like an adaptive air suspension system.

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Q7 Reliability

Is the Audi Q7 Reliable?

The 2018 Q7 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Audi Q7 Warranty

The Audi Q7 comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. That's typical coverage for this class, though you'll get better coverage with the Acura MDX, which has a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Q7 Safety

Q7 Crash Test Results

The 2018 Q7 SUV performs superbly in crash tests. It aces every simulation conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and comes with standard safety equipment that offers a Superior level of front crash prevention. The Q7 earned a five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. 

Q7 Safety Features

The Q7 has an impressive list of safety features, starting with its standard forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection. Also standard are front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and a system that prepares the car to better protect occupants if it detects an impending collision.

Available safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, a head-up display, active lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, active collision avoidance, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree camera system, and a night vision camera with pedestrian and animal detection.

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Which Audi Q7 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Q7 comes in three trims – Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige – and has two engine choices. Powering 2.0 models is a four-cylinder engine, and it's available in the Premium and Premium Plus trim levels. You can get the larger V6 engine in any of the three trims, which are designated as 3.0 models. Every Q7 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive.

If you're looking for a good value that includes the enhanced infotainment system, we recommend selecting the base model and adding the MMI Navigation Plus package. This bundle comes with advanced smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and adds a larger display, a central controller that recognizes handwriting, and a navigation system. With this package, your total price is $52,900, which is $1,000 less than the similarly equipped Premium Plus trim.

Audi Q7 Premium

The Q7 Premium, which is the base model, comes with leather seats, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch infotainment system, a proximity key, push-button start, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. Pricing starts at $49,900 with the four-cylinder engine and $56,400 with the V6.

Audi Q7 Premium Plus

The Q7 Premium Plus is also available with either the four-cylinder engine (starting at $53,900) or the V6 (starting at $60,400). Added amenities include a larger infotainment screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Bose surround-sound system, and rear cross traffic alert.

Audi Q7 Prestige

The range-topping Q7 Prestige ($65,400) is only available with the V6 engine. It builds on the features from the Premium Plus, while adding four-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats with more power adjustments, a 19-speaker Bose sound system, a head-up display, Audi's virtual cockpit, and a 360-degree camera system.

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 2018 Q7 is more stimulating to drive than most midsize SUVs, whether you're roaming the countryside or on your daily commute. From its high-tech infotainment system to its lavish trimmings, its cabin is delightful. More than just the fun choice, the Q7 is also the smart choice. The current generation earns excellent crash test ratings, and savvy shoppers will appreciate how it combines a rich array of standard features with a midpack price.

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

  • "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
  • "Audi's largest crossover SUV stands out with its dynamic driving nature and sophisticated technology that touts everything from innovative safety and semi-autonomous driving features to its future-is-here Virtual Cockpit with realistic Google-maps navigation. You won't find monstrous V8 power under the hood or acres of room in the third row, but if you want a luxury SUV with brand cachet, standard all-wheel drive, sleek design and smart technology, the 2018 Audi Q7 nails the list." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Spend an eight-hour day in the Q7, and the Audi won't shout its capabilities at you. But you'll get out, stretch your limbs, and feel like you could do another eight hours. It's effortless. Just like a luxury car should be." -- Autoblog (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: November 21, 2018

Steady Sales: The luxury midsize SUV class is crowded to say the least. Sales of the Q7 currently place in the middle third of this competitive segment, and 2018 demand is holding steady compared to the same period last year. Still, the current sales-leading Lexus RX is outselling the Q7 nearly 3 to 1.

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