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7.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2014 Audi Q7 Review

The 2014 Audi Q7 offers a rich interior and plenty of cargo space. However, it feels big out on the road and has a dismal reliability rating. 

Pros & Cons

  • Elegant interior
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Cumbersome handling

 

2014 Audi Q7 Overview

Is the 2014 Audi Q7 a Good Used SUV?

Although its interior is appealing, the Q7’s reliability rating is cause for concern. Also, it doesn’t feel quite as sporty or maneuverable as rival luxury midsize SUVs.

Each 2014 Audi Q7 comes with one of three engines. The standard supercharged V6 has decent power. For quicker acceleration, there’s a more powerful supercharged V6. The 2014 Q7 is also available with a turbodiesel engine (though sales of the TDI are limited following the Volkswagen emissions scandal). Fuel economy with the base engine is 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, which is subpar for the class. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive come standard. The ride is firm, yet comfortable. When pushed hard through turns, the Q7’s unwieldy size and weight becomes evident. Navigating through tight quarters is a challenge, due to its wide turning radius. The brake pedal feels numb, which can make it tough to stop smoothly.

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The Q7's cabin is handsome and constructed with high-quality materials. All models come with leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and room for seven. The first- and second-row seats provide terrific comfort, but the third row feels cramped. This is a typical complaint for 3-row midsize SUVs. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat anchors on the outboard second- and third-row seats, as well as a tether-only connection for the second-row middle seat.

Dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker stereo system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and rear parking sensors are standard. Upper trims come with either a Bose or Bang & Olufsen stereo system. A rear-seat entertainment system is available in all trims, and it’s worth looking for if you’re a parent. While the infotainment system is similar to what you’ll find in comparable BMW and Mercedes-Benz models, it isn’t as easy to use.

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Used 2014 Audi Q7 Prices

Depending on its condition and mileage, a 2014 Audi Q7 can cost anywhere from about $34,200 to $41,400. Prices in your area may vary. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Audi Q7?

The 2014 Audi Q7 is rated as one of the least reliable luxury midsize SUVs. J.D. Power and Associates gave it a score of two out of five, which is one of the lowest scores a vehicle can earn.

How Safe Is the Q7?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Audi Q7 the highest score of Good in the three areas tested. The Q7 did not undergo the small overlap front or roof strength tests that are conducted on some vehicles.

Rear parking sensors are standard. Premium Plus models and higher come with a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors. Some models are equipped with adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used Q7?

The 2014 Audi Q7 is part of the SUV’s first generation, which runs from 2005 through 2015. You can save some money by getting a 2013 or 2012 model instead, which offer similar features.

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Which Used Audi Q7 Is Right for Me?

The Q7 comes in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. There are also three powertrains: 3.0T, 3.0T S Line, and TDI. For most shoppers, the 3.0T Premium Plus is the best option. It comes with a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, navigation, and Bluetooth for streaming audio.

Although a certified pre-owned Q7 will likely cost more, it may give you peace of mind. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

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We Did the Research for You: 31 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Rather than basing our ratings off our own opinions, we analyze credible reviews, fuel economy estimates, reliability data, and total ownership costs. That way, you can see how this SUV stacks up against its closest rivals.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars for a decade, and we have a combined 75 years of experience in the automotive industry. To ensure impartiality, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

2014 Audi Q7 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi Q7 or 2014 BMW X5?

Although the Q7 offers more cargo room, the BMW X5 is the better buy. For starters, its better fuel economy will save you $450 per year in fuel costs. The X5 also offers sportier handling, more power (with less weight), and a better reliability rating than the Q7. It features BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which is generally easy to use – though some functions require multiple steps. Unlike the Q7, the X5 does not come with a standard third row of seats. A third row is available, but it’s tight like the Q7’s.

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi Q7 or 2014 Acura MDX?

Redesigned for 2014, the Acura MDX strikes an even balance between a comfortable ride and composed handling. Most will find the sole V6’s acceleration to be more than adequate. It has better fuel economy than the Q7’s base engine, saving you up to $500 per year at the pump. Front-wheel drive comes standard in the MDX, and all-wheel drive is available. Inside, seating space is comparable. Acura uses a simpler infotainment system, but some functions require navigating multiple submenus. Overall, the MDX is the better choice. We named it the 2014 Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV for the Money and the 2014 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families.

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