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2017 Audi Q7 Review

The 2017 Audi Q7 sits in the top third of our luxury midsize SUV rankings thanks to its powerful engines, agile handling, and lavish cabin. However, it’s held back by low predicted reliability and small cargo space for its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engines
  • Nimble handling
  • Luxurious interior
  • Less cargo room than rivals
  • Low predicted reliability




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.1
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Audi Q7 Overview

Is the 2017 Audi Q7 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 Audi Q7 is a good luxury midsize SUV. Its excellent performance is highlighted by lithe handling, a composed ride, and a powerful base engine. It boasts one of the most luxurious interiors in the class, with standard leather upholstery and soft padding throughout. The Q7 also has plenty of standard features and a generous list of available safety tech.

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We’ve analyzed 15 Audi Q7 reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2017 Audi Q7?

Based on 340 listings on our site for the 2017 Audi Q7, prices range from $45,600 to $62,300. The average list price for the Q7 is $53,100. Exact prices depend on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Audi Q7 Cost to Own?

The 2017 Audi Q7's five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $31,030 – or $6,200 per year. By comparison, five-year estimated costs for the 2017 Acura MDX and 2017 BMW X5 are roughly $29,150 and $33,980, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Q7?

The 2018 Audi Q7 added a standard proximity key. Beyond that, the 2017 Audi Q7 is a relatively similar vehicle, and it costs less. Therefore, we recommend sticking with the 2017 model. Just note: the base model’s four-cylinder engine was a late edition to the 2017 model, so you may have more luck finding this powertrain in a 2018 model.

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You may also want to consider the 2018 Acura MDX. The MDX starts at just over $44,000 and has a top-of-the-line price of less than $59,000, which makes it a great value compared with a used Q7. Much like the Audi, this Acura has above-average fuel economy, a powerful V6 engine, and nimble handling. Additionally, the MDX has a generous list of standard safety features, including adaptive cruise control and road departure mitigation.

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Which Model Year of the Audi Q7 Is Best?

The 2017 Audi Q7 was the first year of a new generation. For that reason, it’s hard to compare it to previous models, which are significantly different. Still, opting for an older model will save you a good sum of money.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Audi Q7?

The 2017 Audi Q7 has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is one of the lowest scores in the class. A rating of three is average across the industry.

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2017 Audi Q7 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Audi Q7 has five safety recalls. The air bags and/or front seat belt pretensioners (which tighten the seat belts in the event of a collision) may malfunction, the electric power steering assist may short circuit, the third-row seats may move forward during a frontal collision, the side marker lights may not work, and the air bags may deploy with too much force. If these recalls affect the used Q7 you are considering, make sure the issues have been addressed by an Audi dealer before you buy.

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Which Used Audi Q7 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Audi Q7 comes in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Most buyers will be more than happy with the base Premium trim. It comes with features like leather seats, eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch-screen MMI infotainment system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and pedestrian detection. Opt for the Premium Plus trim if you want a larger 8.3-inch touch-screen MMI infotainment system with navigation, voice control, handwriting recognition, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as additional safety features like rear cross traffic alert. For top-of-the-line creature comforts, the Prestige trim is your best bet. It adds four-zone automatic climate control, 12-way power-adjustable ventilated front seats, a 360-degree camera, a Bose premium audio system, a virtual cockpit, and a head-up display.

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is one of the best, according to our research. It's rivaled only by Lexus and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the Q7?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 Audi Q7 the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not perform any crash safety tests on the Q7.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and pedestrian detection. Some models feature rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, and a night vision camera to detect pedestrians and other obstacles.

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2017 Audi Q7 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi Q7 or 2017 Acura MDX?

The 2017 Acura MDX isn’t as good as the Q7, but it’s a great budget-friendly alternative. While the MDX lacks the Q7’s athleticism, its balanced ride features precise steering and stable handling that make it a solid daily driver. The MDX also has excellent fuel economy and an extensive list of standard driver assistance features. Along with better performance, the Audi’s higher price tag gets you an easier-to-use infotainment system, standard all-wheel drive, and more passenger and cargo space.

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi Q7 or 2017 BMW X5?

The 2017 BMW X5 and the Q7 are similar midsize luxury SUVs. Both boast excellent performance and attractive interiors. The differences are small but important. The BMW has a sport-tuned suspension to deliver tighter handling, while the Audi’s ride is softer. Though the X5 has high-end interior quality, it doesn’t match the Q7’s lush cabin, which features rich leather and other fine materials. The Q7 also has a standard third row, while the X5 only seats five. If you prioritize comfort over sportiness, go with the Q7. If you prefer a sportier ride, the X5 should be your choice.

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2017 Q7 Performance

How Does the 2017 Audi Q7 Drive?

The base 2017 Audi Q7 features a 252-horsepower four-cylinder engine that has plenty of power, but some models take it up a notch with a 333-horsepower supercharged V6. All models are paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and come standard with all-wheel drive. The Q7 has agile handling and minimal body lean around corners.

Does the 2017 Audi Q7 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Q7 delivers 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is good among class rivals. Models with the V6 engine only drop 1 mpg in the city. Comparatively, the 2017 Acura MDX and the 2017 BMX X5 deliver 19/27 mpg city/highway and 18/25 mpg city/highway, respectively.

2017 Audi Q7 Towing Capacity

The 2017 Audi Q7 can tow up to 7,700 pounds when equipped with its available towing package. This is one of the highest towing capacities in the class.

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2017 Q7 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Q7 Seat?

The 3-row Q7 has seating for seven. There’s a good amount of passenger space in the first two rows, but the power-folding third row is best suited for children. The Q7 has top-notch materials and plush seats in its luxurious cabin. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard, and ventilated and/or massaging seats are available.  

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Audi Q7?

There are a total of five full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors across the Q7's second and third rows. The Q7’s LATCH systems are among the best available, earning a rating of Good+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for ease of use.

2017 Audi Q7 Features

The Q7 comes standard with a 7-inch touch-screen MMI infotainment system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a panoramic sunroof. Some models include an 8.3-inch touch screen, navigation, voice control, handwriting recognition, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Bose premium audio system, a virtual cockpit, and a head-up display.

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2017 Audi Q7 Dimensions

Audi Q7 Cargo Space

With 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 37.5 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 71.6 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded, the Q7's cargo capacity is below average. All models feature a standard power liftgate.

2017 Q7 Length and Weight

The 2017 Audi Q7 is about 16.6 feet long, and its curb weight is nearly 4,940 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Audi Q7 Built?

The Audi Q7 was built in Slovakia.

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