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2020 Audi Q7


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2020 Audi Q7 Review

A high-class and richly outfitted cabin, nimble handling, and a silky ride all help the 2020 Audi Q7 rank near the top of the luxury midsize SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Premium cabin materials
  • Abundance of high-tech features
  • Blissful ride
  • Lithe handling
  • Tiny third row seats

New for 2020

  • Dual-screen infotainment system
  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • V6 engine gets mild-hybrid setup
  • Performance-oriented SQ7 debuts

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Audi Q7 has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data.

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.2
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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 Is the Audi Q7 a Good SUV?

Yes, the Audi Q7 is an outstanding luxury midsize SUV. Refreshed for 2020, it comes with plenty of standard features, including a state-of-the-art infotainment system. Additionally, the Audi has a robust V6 engine option, engaging handling, and a coddling ride. As a cherry on top, its cabin is one of the nicest in the class.

Should I Buy the Audi Q7?

The Audi Q7 is definitely worth considering. It’s a great value with plenty of standard features, like Quattro all-wheel drive, Audi's Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch driver display, and Audi’s MMI navigation system. That said, the Q7 has a high starting price than many of its competitors.

If you’re already willing to spend upwards of $55,000 on an SUV, consider the powerful and agile BMW X5 or the fully redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLE. Check out the Volvo XC90 for a more affordable option, or if you don’t need a seven-seat SUV, give the compact Audi Q5 a look.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi Q7?

Audi refreshed the Q7 for the 2020 model year, making it an appealing choice. The new Q7 sees exterior and interior styling tweaks and gains more standard features, such as the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster. Perhaps the biggest change, though, is the new Audi MMI touch response infotainment system with its dual-screen setup.

The Q7 also sees some changes under the hood. The available V6 engine went from being supercharged in the old version to turbocharged in the new one, boosting output by 6 horsepower and 44 pound-feet of torque. This V6 engine also gains a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup. The performance-oriented Audi SQ7, which features a twin-turbo V8 engine, makes its debut for 2020.

You’ll save more on a used model, but you’ll miss out on the benefits of the refresh. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Q7, 2018 Q7, and 2019 Q7 reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 29 Reviews Analyzed

By researching Audi Q7 reviews, our hope is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this SUV in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 29 Audi Q7 reviews.

This review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2017.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the MoneyBest Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Does the Audi Q7 Cost?

The Audi Q7 has a base MSRP of $54,800. That’s an above-average starting price for a luxury midsize SUV, even when factoring in that it comes standard with all-wheel drive.

That above-average pricing trend continues with the midlevel Premium Plus ($57,200) and the high-end Prestige ($71,200). Things get more expensive with the SQ7, which can reach higher than $90,000.

If you don’t need an SUV with three rows, then you might consider its stablemate, the Audi Q5.

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Audi Q7 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi Q7 or Audi Q8?

The Audi Q8 is another good luxury midsize SUV. Audi launched it as an all-new model for 2019, and it roars into 2020 just as strong as before. The Q8 offers a high-performance RS Q8 model with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Other appealing attributes include a long list of high-tech features, opulent cabin materials, a cushy ride, and composed handling. However, the Q8 lacks a third row of seats, and the Q7 is much more affordable, with a base MSRP that undercuts the Q8’s retail price by around $13,400. Choosing between these two is a matter of preference.

Which Is Better: Audi Q7 or Porsche Cayenne?

The Porsche Cayenne lacks an overall score in our rankings, but it’s still a great vehicle. The Porsche is available as an SUV or a four-door coupe, but regardless of body type, it has roomy seats and a beautiful, customizable cabin. The Cayenne also exhibits spry, carlike handling, and it has a lineup of powerful turbocharged and twin-turbocharged engine options. However, the Porsche lacks Android Auto and third-row seating. Stick with the Audi if those features are important to you, or if you want a gentler ride. At the end of the day, both are great picks.

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Q7 Interior

How Many People Does the Q7 Seat?

This luxury SUV seats seven people. Leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a power split-folding third row come standard. Available upgrades include ventilated front seats, 12- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, massaging front seats, heated second-row seats, premium Valcona leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.

The first two rows have plenty of head- and legroom, but the third row is cramped. In fact, the Audi Q7 trails most other three-row luxury crossovers in third-row legroom, including the Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7. Although the front seats are supportive, the split-bench second-row seats lack sufficient bolstering to keep passengers in place during aggressive cornering.

Q7 and Child Car Seats

There are five complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the highest rating of Good+ for ease of use. The "+" indicates that the system is among the easiest to use.

Q7 Interior Quality

Real wood trim and leather surfaces give this Audi’s cabin an elegant, high-class look and feel. You can also upgrade to have leather blanketing more of the cabin than in lower trims.

Q7 Cargo Space

The 2020 Q7 has 30.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 72.4 cubic feet in total. Those cargo dimensions are slightly below average for the luxury midsize SUV class.

Q7 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

This Audi comes standard with the Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch display, the dual-screen MMI infotainment system with 10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower touch screens, handwriting recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and USB ports.

Wireless device charging, a 3D surround-sound stereo with 19 speakers, and a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo are available.

The Q7 features plenty of state-of-the-art technology, including the configurable Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a customizable digital display that shows navigation, vehicle information, climate and audio settings, and more. The two-screen infotainment setup has both haptic and audio feedback, and its two touch screens respond quickly. However, it can be challenging to find settings that are buried deeply in submenus.

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Q7 Performance

Q7 Engine: Three Flavors

You can choose from three engines in this Audi. The Premium and Premium Plus trims come standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Available in those trims and standard in the Prestige is a 3.0-liter V6 rated at 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This engine has a mild-hybrid setup, but the base four-cylinder does not.

The performance-oriented Audi SQ7 gets a 4.0-liter V8 that puts out 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.

The base four-cylinder engine is well-suited for cruising around town or on the freeway, but it’s nothing exceptional. For something more muscular, go for the V6 or V8. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission is one of the best, making refined and timely shifts.

Q7 Gas Mileage: Gas-Guzzling Mild Hybrid

As of this writing, the EPA has only provided fuel economy estimates for the 2020 Q7 with its V6 engine, which gets 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. That’s a significant drop from the previous model and it's a poor rating compared to other V6-powered models in the class, especially factoring in the Q7’s mild-hybrid setup.

Q7 Ride and Handling: Fun and Comfortable

The Audi Q7 is a sporty, fun-to-drive SUV. This crossover delivers both a comfortable ride and lithe handling. It's available with four-wheel steering that helps improve maneuverability at low speeds, as well as an adaptive air suspension than can raise and lower ride height. Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard.

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Q7 Reliability

Is the Audi Q7 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Audi Q7 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Audi Q7 Warranty

Audi backs the Q7 with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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Q7 Safety

Q7 Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Audi Q7 the highest rating of Good in six crash tests. The IIHS uses a different scale for collision avoidance features. It earned the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its standard front crash prevention system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Audi Q7 five out of five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover test.

Q7 Safety Features

Several driver assistance features come standard. These include front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and a rearview camera. You'll also get Audi Pre Sense Basic, which tightens the seat belts and rolls up the windows when a collision is imminent, and Audi Pre Sense Front (forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking).

More safety features are available, such as Audi Pre Sense Rear (blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert) and Audi Pre Sense Side, which uses sensors to detect an oncoming side impact. You can also upgrade the Q7 to include a vehicle exit warning system, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, intersection assist, lane keep assist, a surround-view parking camera system, a night-vision camera, and traffic sign recognition.

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Q7 Dimensions and Weight

The Q7 is 16.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,784 to 5,082 pounds. We do not have dimensions for the SQ7 as of this writing.

Where Is the 2020 Audi Q7 Built?

Audi builds the 2020 Q7 in Slovakia.

Which Audi Q7 Model Is Right for Me?

Audi offers the 2020 Q7 in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. There’s also a performance model, the SQ7. It comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims. All of them come standard with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

For most shoppers, the base Premium trim’s abundance of standard features and options make it a good bet. The SQ7 and the Q7 have similar features lists, so the only reason to upgrade to the SQ7 is if you really want the maximum power this SUV has to offer.

Audi Q7 Premium

The entry-level Q7 Premium has a base MSRP of $54,800. Standard tech features include Audi's Virtual Cockpit (a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster), the MMI infotainment system, a 10.1-inch upper touch screen, an 8.6-inch lower touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, USB ports, an Audi connect Wi-Fi hot spot, and Bluetooth.

Also included are proximity keyless entry, a hands-free power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated front seats with eight-way power-adjustment, power-folding third-row seats, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense Basic, and Audi Pre Sense Front.

The Cold Weather package costs $600 and adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. You could also opt for the Convenience package. It costs $1,200 and outfits this luxury SUV with wireless device charging (called Audi phone box), Audi Side Assist, Audi Pre Sense Rear, and vehicle exit warning.

Upgrading to the V6 engine costs $6,000.

Audi Q7 Premium Plus

The Audi Q7 Premium Plus has a starting price of $57,200. It gains a 19-speaker 3D surround-sound system, a surround-view parking camera system, and the contents of the Convenience package (listed above). The V6 engine remains available, though it costs $6,600 in this trim. The SQ7 has a starting retail price of $84,800.

Other options include the Cold Weather package and the Warm Weather package ($1,600), which adds quad-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats with 12-way power-adjustment, and power rear window sunshades. The Driver Assistance package ($1,750) adds intersection assist, traffic sign recognition, active lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist.

Audi Q7 Prestige

The Prestige retails for $71,200. It gains the 335-horsepower V6, an adaptive air suspension, a head-up display, power soft-closing doors, Matrix-design headlights, and the contents of the Driver Assistance and Warm Weather packages. The SQ7 starts at $90,400.

The Prestige is the only trim to offer the $6,400 Luxury package. This outfits your vehicle with opulent upgrades like Valcona leather upholstery, an Alcantara headliner, and 18-way power-adjustable front seats with massage, heating, and ventilation.

The Prestige is also available with  a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo ($4,900), a night vision camera ($2,500), and all-wheel steering ($1,500).

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

There’s a lot to like about the Audi Q7. Its richly equipped and high-tech interior, serene ride, playful handling, and good safety score all contribute to its appeal. It’s not hard to see why it ranks near the top of the luxury midsize SUV class. However, this is a competitive segment with a lot of great vehicles, many of which have roomier third-row seating and more affordable base prices.

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

  • " The 2020 Q7 is not a bad choice in the traditional sense: Its dynamics are solid, and it still looks and feels the part of a luxury family hauler. But its deficits are impossible to overlook, especially with the new powertrain coming up short." -- Cars.com
  • "The Q7 is a killer combination of luxury, versatility and driving prowess, which makes it a very compelling option in the premium family SUV segment." -- Autotrader
  • "Despite committing itself to somewhat cumbersome technologies (we’re looking at you, dual screens) and the V6's backward fuel economy slide, the Q7 is better than it’s ever been. Measured on behind-the-wheel experience alone it ranks with smaller and lighter crossovers, and we can’t argue with its build quality or opulent presentation. That it can tiptoe through the forest at sedan speeds is just gravy." -- Autoblog 
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