Review

Audi Q7 SUV

Price  £50,340 - £53,835

Audi Q7 SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Spacious interior
  • Plenty of safety technology
Cons
  • Fussy styling
  • Options are expensive
  • Less powerful diesel is noisy

At a glance

The greenest
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The cheapest
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The fastest
3.0 TDI 272PS quattro S line 5dr £53,835
Top of the range
3.0 TDI 272PS quattro S line 5dr £53,835

"The new Audi Q7 is all about comfort, practicality, effortless performance and a beautiful interior."

The second-generation Audi Q7 is the first in a new series of large SUVs due to be launched by Audi's parent company the Volkswagen Group.

The latest Q7 weighs a whopping 325kg less than the previous model, which boosts fuel economy and performance. Despite the car's lower weight, there are still seven seats in three rows and there's also plenty of cutting-edge safety technology – all of which makes the Q7 a very appealing family car if you can afford it.

There's only one engine available at launch: a 268bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel that's capable of 47.9mpg economy and has CO2 emissions of 153 grams per kilometre for an annual road tax bill of £180. Wait a bit longer for your Q7 and a 215bhp version of the same engine will become available. It may be best to avoid it, though, as the slightly better fuel economy doesn't make up for the significantly reduced power.

The new Q7 benefits from Audi's trademark expertise with interiors, including the fully digital instrument cluster that was first seen in the sporty Audi TT. The Q7 also has an optional four-wheel-steering system that makes the car easier to move at low speeds and more stable when you're travelling quickly.

The optional adaptive air suspension really is worth adding for the better ride quality and overall sense of refinement it brings, but annoyingly it used to be standard across the board in the previous-generation car. We'd advise caution when looking at the other extras, though: they're not cheap and it's easy to make the Q7 seriously expensive with only a few ticks on the options list.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.9 / 5

The Audi Q7 comes with a diesel engine that keeps running costs relatively low for a car of this size

Engines, drive & performance

4.2 / 5

The new Audi Q7 is lighter than the old one

Interior & comfort

4.7 / 5

The Audi Q7 has trademark Audi interior excellence and is hugely comfortable

Practicality & boot space

4.5 / 5

The Audi Q7 has seven seats and a very flexible layout

Reliability & safety

4.2 / 5

The Audi Q7 is loaded with cutting-edge safety technology

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 1 review
4 / 5
"The all-new Audi Q7 is packed with technology but still has all the features you need every day."
Last updated 
14 May 2015
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