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2014 Audi Q7 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Audi Q7 was new.


Performance: 7.2

Reviewers say the 2014 Audi Q7 delivers a fairly comfortable ride and that its engines offer plenty of power. Test drivers are fans of the optional diesel engine, which helps the Q7 earn a great fuel economy rating. Still, critics say that the Q7’s handling is mediocre, and that the Q7 isn't as maneuverable as they would like.

  • "Both are paired with an excellent eight-speed automatic, and all Q7s are surprisingly rewarding to drive, somehow managing to impart an athletic feel despite their imposing dimensions." -- Edmunds
  • "Two amazing supercharged V6 gasoline engines and one turbodiesel combine with standard quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) to move the Q7 around smartly yet efficiently, in any weather, on any road." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On a recent trip to Munich, we pounded the autobahn in the new Q7 and found nothing lacking." -- Car and Driver (2011)

Acceleration and Power

The base 2014 Audi Q7 comes with a supercharged, 3.0-liter V6 rated at 280 horsepower. A more powerful version of that engine is available, which is rated at 333 horsepower. The third engine option is a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 rated at 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard on all models. According to the EPA, a Q7 with the base gasoline V6 is rated at 16/22 mpg city/highway, which isn't all that good for the class. The diesel model is rated at 19/28 mpg, which is very good for the class.

Test drivers say the base engine provides plenty of passing power, the more powerful V6 feels stronger and the diesel delivers a great combination of power and good fuel economy. One reviewer also says that the eight-speed transmission is responsive.

  • "The base 3.0T engine serves up respectable passing power in the 2014 Audi Q7, while the more powerful S line version delivers extra punch with no penalty at the gas pump. Nonetheless, our pick is the TDI turbodiesel, which is even quicker in around-town driving and has notably better fuel economy." -- Edmunds
  • "Neither the gasoline nor diesel engines are short on power, providing remarkable thrust yet also remarkably good fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Audi's turbodiesel V6 has more than enough torque to overcome the Q7's sizable heft, so despite mild turbo lag the TDI model furnishes brisk takeoffs and ample highway passing power. The transmission is generally responsive in all Q7s, and steering-wheel shift paddles, available for S line and TDI, enhance driver control." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers are somewhat disappointed with the 2014 Audi Q7's handling, as several mention that the SUV's heft makes it feel less nimble than they would like. One critic notes that the Q7 is not very easy to maneuver because it has a wide turning circle, and another complains about poor brake pedal feel, which makes it difficult to stop smoothly.

  • "The Q7's prodigious weight is evident when you get behind the wheel, and it's not the easiest-to-maneuver luxury crossover SUV in tight spaces." -- Edmunds
  • "The nimble feel of the smaller Q5 is absent here, although we found the Q7's steering to be responsive and its body inspiringly solid." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The turning radius is predictably wide--U-turns can be tedious on narrow streets--but the steering itself is quick and slop-free. … Braking is swift and strong, but several testers find the pedal hard to modulate for smooth stops." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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