Audi Q7

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.

Editors' Review

The Audi Q7 SUV is as quietly confident as ever. For 2020 it gains some important under-hood upgrades, fresh technology and mildly enhanced styling, alterations that further refine this already-solid vehicle. 

Nuts and bolts

The most significant change is found right behind that large, single-frame grille, which has also been upgraded with some bright vertical slats for a more distinctive look. The soulful supercharged V6 of previous model years has been replaced by a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine. A 2.0-liter turbo I4 is still the standard engine, but this optional V6 delivers 6 more horsepower than its predecessor, topping out at 335, but provides way more torque, 369 pound-feet in total. That's an increase of 44 lb-ft compared to what the 2019 model could muster.

Augmented by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, this single-turbo V6 is a smooth operator, almost free of vibration and nearly silent. Even though it has to fight against 5,082 pounds of SUV, it can still whisk the Q7 to 60 mph in a fleet 5.7 seconds, though the vehicle doesn't feel that quick. Don't get me wrong, this SUV is plenty swift and never leaves you wanting for more oomph, it's just so quiet and refined you don't get any sensation of speed, which means it's easy to be going a lot faster than you should be.

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The Good ~ Swift and easy-to-use infotainment system ~ Comfortable, high-quality interior ~ Eerily hushed inside ~ Pillow-soft ride

The Bad ~ Dearth of center-console storage ~ Soft throttle tip-in

The Bottom Line The Q7 is like royalty, dignified and restrained.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 8
  • Media 9.5

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