Now in its second generation, the 2018 Audi Q7 might just be our favorite three-row luxury crossover SUV for the family minded. Not only is it smartly designed and available loaded with smart tech, it’s actually fun to drive, even with its base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain. Somewhat conservatively styled (especially in smaller-wheeled lower-end versions), the Q7 doesn’t shout about its luxury badge, but it’s good at just about everything, including coddling the driver.
On the infotainment front, Audi’s MMI is powerful and occasionally daunting, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration helps smooth things out, and there’s plenty of advanced safety gear available. If anything, the third row is a little cramped and harder to get to than some rivals, but overall, the 2018 Audi Q7 is a top-tier consideration if you’re mulling rivals like the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Volvo XC90. Price starts at $49,900, but it’s very easy to outfit models deep into the $60,000 range, especially if you’re seeking the added power of the V6.
We all know the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none." In trying to do everything well, some cars come up short. But not the 2018 Audi Q7.
Now in the third year of its second generation, the Q7 is seriously good at everything it sets out to do. It handles like an Audi, even though it's the largest one on offer. The interior is versatile and attractive, and it's loaded with the latest tech that the automaker has to offer.
If you're in the market for a larger luxury SUV and occasionally need to call upon a third row of seats, your search should start right here. Odds are, it'll probably end here, too.
The Good The Q7 is fun to drive with an interior that's impressive both visually and technologically.
The Bad The third row is a bit cramped, and moving the second row to get in there requires some muscle. Both USB ports are up front.
The Bottom Line In terms of two-and-a-half-row luxury SUVs, the Q7 is the one to beat.
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