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2018 Audi Q7 Review

The 2018 Audi Q7 is one of the highest-ranked luxury midsize SUVs. It has great driving dynamics, strong engines, good safety ratings, and a fairly spacious cabin. One of its few negatives is its below-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed ride and handling
  • User-friendly features
  • Elegant cabin with quality materials
  • Spacious first- and second rows
  • Cramped third row




Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
Safety: 9.3
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2018 Audi Q7 Overview

Is the 2018 Audi Q7 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2018 Audi Q7 is a very good used luxury midsize SUV. This seven-seat crossover is comfortable and practical, and it offers a level of refinement that’s tough to beat.

There is a long list of reasons to buy a 2018 Q7:

  • Handsome cabin with high-end materials
  • Roomy first- and second-row seats
  • User-friendly MMI infotainment system
  • Many available safety features
  • Agile handling
  • Cushioned ride
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Potent four- and six-cylinder engines

That said, the Q7 does have a few drawbacks:

  • Third row is only roomy enough for kids
  • A below-average predicted reliability rating

If you want something with a better predicted reliability rating, consider higher-rated alternatives like the 2018 BMW X5 and 2018 Lexus RX 350. Both are available in seven-passenger configurations.

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We’ve analyzed 25 Audi Q7 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

How Much Is the 2018 Audi Q7?

Based on listings for 2018 Audi Q7 vehicles on our site, the average price is $54,600. Prices range from $45,200 to $63,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Audi Q7 Cost to Own?

The Q7’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $29,300, or $5,860 per year. That’s lower than average for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Q7?

The second generation of the Audi Q7 includes 2017-and-newer models. A used 2017 or 2018 model costs less and still offers all of the same tech and safety features, cabin materials, and engine options as the 2019 model. So far, updates to the Q7 have only included a reshuffling of features between trim levels and optional packages.

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You can save even more money by shopping for a first-generation Q7 model. These SUVs cover the 2007 through 2015 model years, and they provide seating for up to seven and standard all-wheel drive. Opting for one of these models does have its compromises though. The first-generation Q7 isn’t as maneuverable or fun to drive as the newer generation. Its interior quality isn’t as nice either, and it offers fewer advanced safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Audi Q7?

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

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2018 Audi Q7 Recalls

There is one recall for the 2018 Q7:

  • The fuel rail could leak in 3.0T V6 models

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Audi Q7 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Audi Q7 is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The well-equipped base model, the Q7 Premium, is a good starting point for most shoppers.

The Premium and Premium Plus trims are available with either a 252-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 333-horsepower V6. The Prestige trim comes standard with the V6 engine.

  • Audi Q7 Premium: The Premium trim comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-folding third row, a 7-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, a CD player, 10 speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, keyless entry, push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a power tailgate, heated side mirrors, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, and low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist.
  • Audi Q7 Premium Plus: The Premium Plus trim adds a larger 8.3-inch screen with a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a touchpad, a 19-speaker Bose stereo, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a hands-free power tailgate.
  • Audi Q7 Prestige: The high-end Prestige trim adds the Audi Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, a 360-degree parking camera system, quad-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, power soft-closing doors, LED headlights, and larger 20-inch wheels.

Available features include massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, an adaptive air suspension, a night vision camera, and the Driver Assistance package (a suite of active safety features).

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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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Q7 five out of five stars in the side crash test, as well as four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Q7 a top score of Good in all crash tests. The Q7 also received the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. Properly equipped models received ratings from Marginal to Poor for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist (Audi pre sense city)

Available advanced safety features:

  • full-speed forward collision warning with brake assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane keep assist
  • traffic sign recognition
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • 360-degree parking camera system
  • night vision camera

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2018 Audi Q7 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Audi Q7 or 2018 Acura MDX?

The 2018 Acura MDX and Audi Q7 both offer smooth rides and similar seating and cargo space. Unfortunately, both also have below-average predicted reliability ratings. The MDX has more standard tech and safety features, as well as better fuel economy estimates. It's typically more affordable too. However, the Q7 comes out ahead because its interior outshines the MDX's when it comes to both quality and materials. The Audi also has sportier handling and a stronger available engine.

Which Is Better: 2018 Audi Q7 or 2018 Volkswagen Atlas?

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is an affordable midsize SUV with a similar appeal as its Q7 cousin. The seven-seat Atlas has sleek styling, nimble handling, a composed ride, and lots of available safety features. Plus, it tops the Audi with a roomier third row and more cargo space. It falls short on the inside, however, as the Atlas’ interior materials aren’t very impressive. The Atlas also has a weaker engine lineup. Test-drive both models to see which you prefer.

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2018 Q7 Performance

How Does the 2018 Audi Q7 Drive?

The Audi Q7 handles remarkably well for its size. It remains stable around turns, and its quick steering gives the SUV an agile, lightweight feel. Its brakes offer strong stopping power as well. The Q7 provides a fairly comfortable ride on uneven road surfaces, and it’s easy to park for a big SUV. This is especially true for Q7 Prestige models equipped with the optional adaptive air suspension and four-wheel steering. This system tightens the Q7’s turning radius and allows the SUV to glide serenely over bumps and dips in the road.

The Q7 is at its best when paired with its available V6 engine. This supercharged V6 zips the Audi from zero to 60 mph in a brief 6 seconds, and it supplies muscular passing power on the highway. The standard four-cylinder is punchy enough to scoot the Q7 around town with ease, but it feels a bit tired at higher speeds, especially with a few extra passengers onboard. The turbo-four offers no fuel economy benefit over the V6, either. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which delivers smooth yet prompt gear changes.

  • Base engine: turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engine: supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Audi Q7 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Q7 gets average fuel economy for a luxury midsize SUV.

  • Four-cylinder: 19/25 mpg city/highway
  • V6: 19/25 mpg
2018 Audi Q7 Towing Capacity

The Q7’s tow ratings vary depending on engine configuration. The Q7 2.0T has a maximum towing capacity of 4,400 pounds when properly equipped. The Q7 3.0T is rated to tow up to 7,700 pounds.

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2018 Q7 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Q7 Seat?

The Audi Q7 is a three-row SUV with seven seats. The front seats are supportive, and the driving position is nice, thanks to the wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments. There’s good visibility to the front and side of the vehicle as well. The Q7’s first- and second-row seats offer ample headroom and legroom for taller adults, but the third row is slim and best reserved for kids and younger teens.

The Q7’s cabin is trimmed with high-end materials, and its dashboard design is simplistic yet elegant. You’ll find well-padded surfaces, slick wood and metal accents, and soft-touch plastics throughout the cabin. The interior remains very quiet at speed, and there’s little road or wind noise.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • power-folding third row

Available seating features:

  • ventilated front seats
  • massaging front seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • heated rear seats
  • rear sunshades
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Audi Q7?

The Q7 has five full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in its second- and third rows. This LATCH setup is very easy to use, which is why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest-possible rating of Good+ for ease of use.

2018 Audi Q7 Features

The Q7 comes fitted with Audi’s MMI infotainment system. This setup is one of the most user-friendly systems found in a luxury vehicle. It has simple menus and sharp graphics, and it responds swiftly to inputs. Screen sizes range from a 7-inch display found on base models to an 8.3-inch display found on navigation-equipped models. Most functions are controlled using a knob and buttons on the center console, though the air-conditioning system has its own buttons and dials on the dash.

One of the Q7’s most impressive features is the available Audi Virtual Cockpit. This 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is highly configurable, and it seamlessly blends navigation information with driving speed and infotainment functions. The Q7 also supports the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps, but only in navigation-equipped models.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, a CD player, and 10 speakers
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.3-inch screen, a navigation system, a touchpad, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 19- or 23-speaker stereos, a head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and two 10-inch touch screens for rear seat passengers
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a power tailgate, and a panoramic sunroof
  • Other available features: quad-zone climate control, a hands-free power tailgate, and power soft-closing doors.

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2018 Audi Q7 Dimensions

Audi Q7 Cargo Space

The Q7 has 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 37.5 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 71.6 cubic feet with the second row folded as well. That’s a sizeable amount of cargo room, but a few luxury midsize SUVs offer more space, such as the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE and 2018 Volvo XC90.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Audi Q7 Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 7 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,696 to 4,938 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Audi Q7 Built?

Audi built the 2018 Q7 in Slovakia.


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