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Audi Q7 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 350 hp @ 6800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Audi Q7

  • An impressive collection of premium features and a sharp interior design make the 2007 Audi Q7 a solid choice for those desiring a seven-passenger luxury SUV.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Sport-oriented handling on models with the adjustable air suspension, advanced luxury and safety features, high-quality interior design and craftsmanship.

  • Cons

    Hefty curb weight dulls acceleration and saps fuel economy, can't get a rear DVD entertainment system from the factory.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 2007 Audi Q7 is an all-new luxury SUV. Highlights include car-based unit-body construction, high-quality interior materials, available seven-passenger seating and advanced luxury and safety features. Audi is releasing the V8-powered Q7 in the spring of 2006 and will follow up with the V6 style later in the year.

Full 2007 Audi Q7 Review

What's New for 2007

The 2007 Audi Q7 is an all-new luxury SUV. Highlights include car-based unit-body construction, high-quality interior materials, available seven-passenger seating and advanced luxury and safety features. Audi is releasing the V8-powered Q7 in the spring of 2006 and will follow up with the V6 style later in the year.


The luxury SUV segment has existed for about 10 years now. It's been a party for automakers and consumers alike. And just when there are signs that the good times are starting to slow down a bit, Audi shows up with its first SUV, the Q7. Considering the stakes, one would hope that Audi thought to bring more than just the equivalent of a bag of discount tortilla chips and some plastic cups.

The design brief for the 2007 Audi Q7 is familiar. Like the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne -- vehicles with which the Q7 shares some mechanical similarity -- this is a crossover SUV, which means its underlying architecture is car-based for better on-road performance and comfort. It also has a V6 or V8 for power, can seat up to seven passengers and will no doubt look very shiny and prestigious in the company parking lot. Seen it all before, right? Well, sort of. Dig a bit deeper and you'll find that the Audi Q7 does have some distinctive attributes and features that should make it worth your SUV shopping attention.

Compared to its VW sibling, the Q7 is about the same width but rides on an extended wheelbase. Overall length is plus 13 inches in the Q7's favor, and it's been put to use to provide a third-row seat. Audi is offering the Q7 with a traditional suspension with steel springs and an optional air spring system with electronically controlled dampers. The Touareg can also be equipped with an air suspension, but the Q7 is tuned for better handling and steering response. Furthering the Q7's distinctiveness is Audi signature styling, an advanced adaptive cruise control system, a blind-spot monitoring feature and a huge sunroof.

Overall, the 2007 Audi Q7 is very impressive and we highly recommend it. Its collection of luxury features, its versatile interior and its agile handling make it ideal for family-oriented daily use and long-distance drives. It will also do fine for light off-roading, though anything more will be a challenge given the SUV's lack of low-range gearing, meaty tires or a mechanical rear-differential lock. Consumers serious about off-road use would probably be better off with a Lexus GX 470. A truer competitor for the Q7 will be the all-new 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, which also boasts an available third-row seat, V8 power and many similar features.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Audi Q7 is a luxury crossover SUV that can seat up to seven passengers (third row seating is standard on the V8, optional on the V6 model). For now, there are two styles available: base and Premium. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, adaptive bi-HID headlights, a power rear liftgate, automatic dual-zone climate control, Audi's MMI control interface and a Bose audio system with an in-dash six-CD player. Leather upholstery, three rows of seating with a second-row bench, power front seats and a memory function for the driver seat are also included. The Premium adds 19-inch wheels, a navigation system, park assist with a rearview camera, a large three-panel sunroof, heated front and rear seats, second-row captains' chairs, an additional rear air conditioning unit and satellite radio. An optional "S line" package adds sport seats, unique front and rear fascias and 21-inch alloys wearing performance tires. Most of the Premium features can also be ordered individually on the base Q7. Other standalone options include an air suspension system, 20-inch wheels and advanced adaptive cruise control.

Powertrains and Performance

Underneath the hood is either a 3.6-liter V6 (280 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque) or 4.2-liter V8 (350 hp and 325 lb-ft). Both engines are equipped with the latest engine technologies, including direct fuel injection. A six-speed transmission with manual-shift control is standard on both. All Q7s come with Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system. Although the power plants are certainly strong, the Q7's considerable weight of 5,000-plus pounds blunts performance. Expect a 0-60 mph time of about 8 seconds for the V8 and about 10 seconds for the V6. Properly equipped, the Q7 can tow 6,600 pounds.


Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes with brake assist, a stability control system with hill descent control and rollover detection, tire-pressure monitoring, side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers and front-seat side airbags. Seat-mounted side airbags for the second row are optional. Also optional is Audi's Side Assist. This feature notifies the Q7's driver when other motorists have entered the vehicle's blind spots by lighting up yellow LEDs in the exterior mirror housings.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Audi Q7's interior is notable for its high-quality construction and materials. Much of the dash layout is similar to that of the A6 sedan, and Audi's Multi-Media Interface (MMI) is standard. The Q7 has three rows of seating and accommodates six or seven passengers, depending on what is specified for the second row. As with many vehicles of this type, the third-row seat is cramped and useful for children only. With the second and third rows folded flat, the Q7 can hold 88 cubic feet of cargo, which is more than what's available from most five-passenger SUVs and competitive with other large luxury SUVs.

Driving Impressions

On-road performance is the Q7's specialty. Hard on the throttle, the V8 engine emits a satisfying growl and revs cleanly to redline. Traction is always on hand thanks to the all-wheel-drive system. Acceleration is not particularly impressive, however, nor is fuel economy. Blame the vehicle's 5,300-pound base curb weight. More likable is the handling on Q7s equipped with the adaptive air suspension. The driver can select from three main suspension modes. Placed in "Dynamic" mode, the vehicle can be hustled easily on a curvy road.

Read our Audi Q7 Long-Term 20,000-Mile Test

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great larger vehicle, large maintenance

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi Q7 3.6 quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

I have had my Q7 for 7 years and have loved it. For a family of 5 it has been a great traveling car and very comfortable and convenient for every day carpooling and use. No major problems popped up along the way, just the usual...squeaking breaks, break replacement a few times, tire replacement 3 times and cracking in the driver's seat base (3 inches long). Check-ups and other service visits seem to be over $500 a piece, but overall the car has been wonderful to have, reliable and comfortable. I would like another Q7, but don't want to spend the money. May consider a smaller Audi model but not convinced I want to pay the hefty service fees with kids going to college. Overall very happy.

Disasterous q7 experience

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi Q7 3.6 Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Where do I start? 2000km off warranty, the engine blew up and cost $15k to replace and install. the brakes have been replaced a dont know how many times(last count 4). Brand new exhaust system installed at 100k kms @$3800; and now a new fuel tank to the tune of $3200 and $1200 in labour. Car has only ever been serviced at Audi dealers. This is my 5th audi in 13 years and will be my last. Audi Canada has been very difficult to deal with and unresponsive. The obviously have no idea how much it costs to create the type of brand loyalty they r losing. As I type, i am booking a test drive in the 2013 BMW 5 series sport wagon. Good by and good ridance Audi. I should have done this long ago.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Great car with unfortunate design

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi Q7 3.6 Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

All cars have + & -; from a high end luxury SUV you expect mostly +. That's the case. My problem was leaking draining tubes resulting in water in the front passenger well and in the back, invisibly in the area with the unprotected amplifier, MMI, GPS units. Result: all failed + battery drained. Cost:$3,500 (not covered by warranty). That's the most disturbing part to me: this car has been maintained by Audi as recommended but I still end up with a problem I could not avoid. This is not compatible with the premium price you pay for a Q7, you expect peace of mind. Moreover it is a known problem since Audi/VW lost a class action suit on this problem. Details at LeakingAudi website and Twitter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Dream machine

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi Q7 4.2 Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

The Audi Q7 with the 4.2 FSI motor is a dream to drive. The adaptive suspension quickly adjusts to road conditions, the adaptive cruise is effective and alerts you to stopped vehicles,and the Sirius satellite radio signal is superior to other vehicles. With the optional towing packing it effortlessly pulls my 5500 lb. tow boat and let's me soak up the sun with the panoramic sunroof. At least once a week I get asked "who makes that" because others aren't use to seeing such an effective design. If you pick captain chairs for row two - everyone can enjoy heated seats - and as long as the third row is not regularly used - this (heavier than a Tahoe) Q7 will sweep you off your feet.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Q7 - the #1 suv

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi Q7 3.6 Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

This car has truly amazed me! I thought there is no more surprise after driving AMGs, BMW 6-series or the Escalade, even just jumping from a Cayenne Turbo to the Audi. Well there is.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

No more audi for me

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi Q7 3.6 quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

My 3 year lease on the Q7 is coming to an end an I will definitely not lease another one. From the start there have been problems. The car came without the A/C charged, the rear passenger handle fell off twice before it was finally fixed and my "leather seat cracked in the first year. My brakes have been squealing every time I brake for the last year and they said it was brake dust. They said to spray brake area when washed and then step on brakes hard a few times. It doesn't work. The sound drives me crazy. I've had the same experience as others with the tires--had to replace before 25k miles. Overall car looks nice and is comfortable, but lots of quality problems.

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