2021 Audi Q7

MSRP range: $54,950 - $72,000
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2021 Audi Q7 Review

  • Exceptional interior materials and build quality
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Plenty of safety and infotainment tech features
  • Surprisingly agile handling
  • Offers less cargo space than most competitors
  • Cramped third-row seat
  • Infotainment system is distracting to use
  • Minor changes to trim-level content and optional features
  • Part of the second Q7 generation introduced for 2017

The Audi Q7 heads into 2021 relatively unchanged after undergoing a significant refresh last year. The update brought with it updated interior and exterior styling, improved tech and a more powerful turbocharged V6 engine. It all built upon what was already one of the most compelling picks for a midsize luxury SUV. Mainstays of the Q7 are its lush, serene interior as well as exceptional build quality and high-grade materials.

The Q7 competes right in the heart of the luxury SUV segment. It's similar in size to the Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5, but both are more expensive and lack the Q7's standard third row of seating and standard all-wheel drive. The Volvo XC90 is a compelling SUV too, though we don't think it drives quite as well as the Q7. Think you want a Q7? Check out the categories of our Expert Rating for our in-depth evaluation.

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The Audi Q7 has been at the top of its segment since this generation debuted in 2017. The Q7 impresses with a lush interior, smooth performance and a comprehensive set of tech features. The only things keeping it from universal acclaim are the cumbersome infotainment interface and tight third-row seating.
In our testing, the V6-powered Q7 accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, making the Q7 one of the quicker non-performance vehicles in its class. Acceleration from a stop or on the freeway is smooth, rapid and drama-free. That said, if the transmission is in Comfort mode, throttle response feels a little sluggish unless you really boot the accelerator.

The Q7's turning circle feels a little too wide. That aside, the rest of its dynamic attributes are commendable. Braking is smooth, shifts are barely perceptible, and a lack of body roll gives you the confidence to attack corners at a decent clip.
The Q7 is one of the most comfortable vehicles in its class. There's very little road or wind noise, and the available four-zone climate control system is adept at dispersing air throughout the first and second rows. There are no third-row vents, so those passengers will have to play nice with second-row occupants for proper air flow. Seat heating and ventilation functions aren't overly powerful, but they get the job done.

The front seats are cushy and supportive for the long haul, but it's odd that they adjust only eight ways, even in the top-trim Prestige spec. Give us an extendable thigh cushion, at least! The Q7's standard suspension gives you a balanced and smooth ride. Oddly, the optional air suspension upgrade has a slightly busier ride than we'd like.
How tech-savvy are you? If the answer is "not very," the Audi's two-touchscreen infotainment interface may confound you. Despite the many methods of user input, the dense system and menu structure can pose usability challenges, simply because they take a lot of your attention to operate effectively.

Other parts of the Q7's interior are more appealing. The seating position gives you an expansive view out of the front as well as to the sides and rear. The first and second rows are roomy, though the third row is strictly kids-only. And while getting into the third row can be a little tricky due to the seat mechanism, the front and rear doors offer unimpeded access to those rows.
Aside from the dual touchscreen's potential usability issues, the Q7's interface is sharp, attractive and quick to respond to user inputs. The navigation system has a nifty handwriting function so you don't have to hunt for individual letters, and it even understood our chicken scratch with no problem.

There were four USB ports, a 12-volt outlet and a charging pad in our test Q7. Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto are standard, though we witnessed a few bugs in the former. Voice controls aren't as good as Mercedes' MBUX system, but they aren't far off. The Q7's advanced driving safety aids work well, and most of them come standard.
Cargo capacity ranges from 14.2 cubic feet (behind the third row) to a max of 69.6 cubic feet with all rows folded. These are average figures for the class. The optional air suspension can raise or lower the rear end, which aids in cargo loading and unloading. The power-folding third-row seats are a nice touch and can fold no matter the position of the second-row seats. Interior storage is average, with the sizable door pockets the best for stashing stuff.

A bit rare for the class are three sets of child safety seat anchors across the second row and two in the third row, providing some good child seat placement options. Audi cites a 7,700-pound towing capacity for the V6-powered Q7 with the optional tow package, which is enough for many recreational-based trailers you'd want to tow. The four-cylinder has a 4,400-pound maximum capacity.
The V6-powered Q7 is rated at 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway). These estimates are lackluster for the class, but we found them achievable in real life. We averaged 21 mpg on our 115-mile test route, which combines city and highway driving. Rivals on our test loop generally yield less than 1 mpg better than their estimates.
The Q7 starts just under $56,000, which is more reasonable than Teutonic competitors — they cost about the same but have fewer features and don't come standard with a third row. At $74,290, our Prestige model was a bit too expensive; there's value to be had in lower trims, but a similarly equipped BMW X5 costs thousands less. That said, we prefer the Q7's interior design and materials, which, in true Audi fashion, are top-notch.

Basic and powertrain warranties are good for four years/50,000 miles. Roadside assistance is offered for four years/unlimited miles. All are typical for the segment.
The Audi Q7 proves that family hauling and driving enjoyment aren't mutually exclusive. The fact that this aging SUV (it was last redesigned in 2017) still looks modern and outperforms the competition shows just how high Audi set the bar when it was first introduced.

Which Q7 does Edmunds recommend?

We suggest going with the midrange Premium Plus trim. It offers a solid mix of standard features such as an upgraded audio system and a surround-view parking camera system. The four-cylinder engine is OK, but opt for the V6 if you're commonly hauling around a lot of passengers or cargo.

Audi Q7 models

The 2021 Audi Q7 is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. All Q7s come with three rows of seating and all-wheel drive. Audi offers two engines in the Q7: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (248 hp, 273 lb-ft) in 45 TFSI models or a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (335 hp, 369 lb-ft) in 55 TFSI models. Both are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you're interested in something a little sportier, check out the Q7's relatives: the V8-powered SQ7, the two-row coupe-style Q8 and SQ8, and high-performance RS Q8. All are reviewed separately.

Premium
The base-level Premium trim comes fairly well equipped. The four-cylinder engine is standard, and the V6 engine is optional. Standard features include:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-folding third row
  • Leather seating
  • Power-adjustable, heated front seats
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Audi MMI infotainment system with dual touchscreens

Standard safety features and driver aids include:

  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

The Q7 Premium is available with a few option packages, including:

  • Convenience package
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Audi Phone Box wireless charger and signal booster
    • Ambient interior lighting
    • Power-folding, heated exterior mirrors
    • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Q7 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Towing package

Premium Plus
Like the Premium model, the Q7 Premium Plus comes standard with the four-cylinder engine and has the V6 as an option. The Premium Plus also includes all of the Premium's features, adding:

  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Illuminated doorsills
  • 20-inch wheels (with 55 TFSI engine)
  • Standard Convenience package

Options include:

  • Executive package
    • Four-zone automatic climate control
    • Lane keeping assist (steers the Q7 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
    • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
    • Ventilated front seats
    • Heated rear seats
  • Towing package
  • Matrix LED headlights

Prestige
The top-level Prestige trim comes standard with the turbocharged V6 engine as well as all of the Premium Plus' features. Other standard equipment includes:

  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Adaptive air suspension (can adjust the vehicle's ride height)
  • Standard Executive package
  • Multi-color interior LED lighting
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
  • Soft-closing doors

Other significant options for the Q7 include:

  • Towing package
  • Laser headlights
  • Luxury package
    • Faux suede headliner
    • Massaging front seats
    • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • All-wheel steering (for more nimble turning)

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Audi Q7.

Average user rating: 4.4 stars
9 total reviews
5 star reviews: 78%
4 star reviews: 11%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 11%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Impressive SUV!
Ronald A. LaMascus,
Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)
After extensive research over the past 18 months and test drives of several SUV’s and wagons, we chose the Audi Q7 for it’s extremely smooth, quiet ride, good performance and acceleration, gas mileage and other overall features and comfort. It is a very compelling vehicle with many technical aids/features and multiple ways to access and operate those features albeit somewhat more difficult than it has to be at times. The quality of materials and construction is absolutely top notch and the overall design is very nice to look at while being simple but elegant in design and functionality. The interior storage is on the smallish side and there are far too many “nanny warnings, greetings”, etc. Visibility out of this vehicle is outstanding and coupled with the various driver aids and cameras, makes it very pleasurable to drive. Economy is good as it is averaging about 20 mpg in mixed driving and over 24 mpg at speed. Our research has definitely been validated by the 2021 Audi Q7 without a doubt.
5/5 stars, Luxury
Beth C,
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I have only had my Q7 for a couple weeks and I must add I am coming from an Ultra Premium Plus A4. This SUV, and I have owned a few others, definitely feels more luxurious. The pano roof is great, The Bang& Olufsen stereo is my favorite. The ride is great with the exception of the seat it is ok, but not great. The technology is on point, but can be very distractive. I suggest using the audi cockpit for changing radio etc while driving. There is no cargo space unless the 3rd row is down, which I am fine with. The style of the car exterior is nice, a touch of sporty and the turbine wheels I love. My son who is almost 6ft has head room and a little more leg room in the suv and that was a big factor in this lease. Overall. I am happy so far.
5/5 stars, Almost a perfect car
t w houston,
Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)
Love the exterior look and the interior luxury. It drives like a much smaller car. It is nimble and easy to steer. The drive is so smooth. When you are driving 90 mph it feels like 60 in a regular car. The infotainment system has a high learning curve but after you have everything customized, it is easy to live with. I wish it was available with the high-end B&O sound system, but the mid-level one sounds good but not great. It is very comfortable and everything works well. The virtual cockpit with Google Earth maps is the highlight. It is very quiet with dual pane glass on the windshield, and both front and rear windows. There is plenty of room for five adults. Adults can fit in the rear if the 2nd row seats are moved forward. The 2nd row seats fold forward a great deal making entry to the 3rd row easy. Only a few things I don't like: (1) the storage in the front is nearly non-existent with a tiny center console. (2) There is no tire gauge pressure reading. You will get a warning if a particular tire goes below a threshold but there is no numerical readout (3) There is no remote start so remote unlocking through the app.
5/5 stars, Luxury For the Whole Family
Carrera36,
Premium Plus 55 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)
After looking at a number of alternatives in the 3-row SUV market (including the BMW X5 and the Volkswagen Atlas), we decided on the 2021 Audi Q7. Nothing else out there offers the same combination of space, luxury, features, design and performance. The Q7 is beautifully designed, inside and out. The interior is stunning, with the cockpit featuring three screens for viewing gauges, infotainment and HVAC, among other things. In fact, the tech can be slightly off-putting, especially if you're coming from a more analog type of vehicle. Once you get it setup, it works very well and becomes second nature. The seating is very comfortable, and while the 3rd row is not as large as some full-size SUVs, you can adjust the legroom by sliding the middle seats forwards and backwards. Other features we really like are the giant glass roof and the fantastic LED headlights. One oddly missing feature is remote starting. It seems that Audi should include this feature, especially on Premium Plus models, like ours. The Audi website doesn't do a good job of listing all the standard features in one place, so I actually wasn't sure if the car had remote starting or not. One thing that is not missing is power. Our turbo V6 model has more than enough performance - it's surprisingly quick. Car and Driver indicates a 5.0 second 0-60 time, and the Q7 is very relaxed at highway speeds with its 8-speed transmission. The Q7 is very well built and feels incredibly solid and tight over bumpy roads and potholes. The pricing on this vehicle is towards the premium end of the spectrum, but it's worth it.

2021 Audi Q7 video

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Whether you call it an SUV, a crossover, a lifted a hatchback, or whatever, the modern SUV has to fill an extraordinary wide range of jobs from an inexpensive and fuel-efficient city commuter to a lumbering rig that can haul the family and a boat. There's a ton of diversity among SUVs which can make finding the right one for you a challenge. So in this video, we've broken down the major size and price categories for SUVs and we'll give you the recommendation for the best in each class for most buyers. Now, we're basing these recommendations on everything we've evaluated up to the point of the production of this video. Every vehicle listed here has gone through our extensive rating process where we perform a standardized road loop evaluation and performance testing, our rating process is one of the most thorough and regimented in the business. You can find more by clicking the links below to visit Edmunds.com. And you can also get a cash offer on your car by visiting Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Again, that's Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Extra small or subcompact SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers-- as they're often called-- that you can buy. You get the benefits of an elevated driving position with the small exterior size for the feel of added maneuverability. Now, cost cutting is sometimes apparent. But top trim levels can feel surprisingly upscale. Our team's favorite is the Mazda CX-30. It looks sharp and has an abundance of standard technology and safety features that help offset its slightly higher starting price. On the downside, its fuel economy is a little behind the curve, but by such a small margin that it doesn't really matter. Also, total storage space trails others in this group. So why is it our pick? Well, for starters, our team really liked how it drives, from the feel of the steering to the comfortable ride. Then there's those features, from useful and standard advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control to good phone integration all around. Lastly, the experience inside and out feels richer than the price would suggest, making it seem like you're getting a lot more for your money. Another option worth looking at is the Hyundai Kona. I point this out because on Edmunds it's nearly tied with the Mazda for first place. The Kona costs a bit less and that difference is attributable to the interior that doesn't look and feel as nice as the Mazda and a slightly more clunky drive train, in particular the shift from the optional turbo engine and transmission combo are particularly unrefined. Otherwise, it's similarly sized inside and the tech and features are also strong so it's worth a look. Extra small luxury SUV get you a prestigious badge at an affordable price. You always get luxury-grade comfort and performance-- remember that price thing-- but a few gems really stand out. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLB. We think the boxy shape looks kind of cool. And it makes for a spacious interior for people and cargo. Better yet, it comes with our team's favorite entertainment system among luxury cars, if not all cars out there for sale right now. The NBUX entertainment system is really powerful so it can feel a little overwhelming at first. But its broad capabilities and voice recognition are unmatched outside of anything you'd find other than your phone. But hey, you can use that too. As far as other features go, well, it's a Mercedes, so there are a ton of options to choose from. I mean, you can even get massaging seats. But that also means the price can jump considerably as you tack those options on. So keep that in mind. Topping off the Benz is an above average fuel economy for the class, making the GLP a worthy pick for a subcompact luxury SUV. Small or compact SUV these are among the most popular out there because they balance an exterior and interior size really well. You get a lot of space without taking up much yourself. Now, these are essentially the new compact family sedans and it's easy to see why. The Honda CRV has long been our favorite in this group. We even bought one for our own long-term test and had about 50,000 miles on it before we sold it. The CRVs best attribute is not just its interior size but the cleverness of that space. It's massive. But it also has a number of useful configurations like an adjustable load floor in the rear and a really trick center armrest. It's the kind of stuff that a family can really find usable. All that being said, there are a few annoyances like the entertainment system and particularly aggressive warning alerts from some of the safety features. But the overall driving experience price and fuel economy make the CRV a really easy recommendation. We should also point out the Mazda CX5 because it's actually tied for first place in our rankings. It's not as usable as the CRV in terms of interior space. But it's a bit nicer to drive and it feels far more premium inside. So if you don't need the space and don't mind paying a touch more for a bit more luxury, the CX5 is definitely worth considering. Now let's talk about three-row SUV cars in this size category. They may seem like a good idea at first. But we have to warn you that the existence of a third row in a compact SUV can make for a really cramped experience. It takes up cargo volume itself, that third row. And the seat is usually pretty small. If it's all you can afford, well, here's what you should consider. We like the Kia Sorento because it straddles the exterior size and price between compact and midsize SUV. And it finds a sweet spot in the process. Our evaluators gave the Sorento high marks for ride quality, interior comfort, and an intuitive, though far from fancy, entertainment system. You also get decent storage, a third row row, obviously, and a lengthy warranty. It all makes a great pick for a three-row compact SUV. Here's where luxury SUVs come into their stride. There are a lot of options here with wide ranges and capability. Most anything you find here will have a comfortable ride, nice interior materials, and good performance too. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLC, which delivers a luxury experience you'd expect regardless of the style you choose it in and what styles there are. There are four cylinder and hybrid versions if you care about fuel economy. And there are 500 horsepower turbo V8s if you simply want to go fast. And there's a bunch of stuff in between too. The available MBUX entertainment system is, again, among our team's favorites for its capability voice recognition and phone integration. And the right is comfortable and the interior is, of course, luxurious. Now, cargo capacity isn't as strong as some others so if you need more space, you can look elsewhere. But as for everything else, it's hard to beat what the GLC delivers. Now, you can make an argument that the Tesla Model Y falls into this category. We're making broad recommendations here, so for the Tesla, I'll say this. If your local infrastructure supports your charging needs and you are interested in EVs, the Model Y is worth strong consideration. For more info, read our ownership report on the one we bought to see if it's right for you. As SUVs get larger, you get more interior m more capability, more m and also more options, we decided to split midsize SUVs into two categories, one for SUVs that have a third row standard and the other for SUVs that don't, or SUVs that have an optional third row. We do this because there are shoppers out there who don't want a third row even though they want an SUV of around this size. Now, for three-row SUVs, the gold standard of this group is the KIA Telluride. It really is the stand out. I mean, no buts about it. It has all the features space and capability but it also has a design and approach to materials that make it seem like a luxury vehicle. There are also some really thoughtful touches inside like the location of the USB ports on the seat-back sides for the rear passengers to access. And there are some really helpful technology items in there, too, like an extensive exterior camera system. As for the downsides, well, it can't tow as much as others like the Ford Explorer, for example. And as in the time of this recording, they're actually really hard to find on dealer lots. But on balance and for the money, there are few more appealing ways to move seven or eight people than the Kia Telluride. Now, if you only want two rows in your midsize SUV consider the Honda Passport. Our testing team found it to be highly versatile and with some athleticism, too, from its V6, but also a comfortable driving SUV with tons of passenger and cargo space, not to mention a welcome assortment of standard features too. We also ran one in our long term fleet for a year so check the links below to see more about what it was like to actually own one of these vehicles. If you want something more specialized like for towing or off-road, there are better options, of course. But the Passport is a solid all-a-rounder that like the smaller Honda CRV, makes for an easy recommendation to most shoppers. Midsize luxury SUVs generally take the qualities of a standard midsize SUV like towing space and room for cargo and passengers, but add to it the latest in technology, power, and, of course, high-end premium furnishings inside and out. You'll also see some of these SUVs available as coupes. Now, these generally are the same as the standard versions or the non-coupe versions. But they have more stylized roof lines that sacrifice some practicality for style. Of the two row SUVs, well, are you tired of Mercedes dominating the recommendations? Too bad. Our top pick in this category is the Mercedes GLE which was redesigned for 2020. Like this smaller GLC, the GLE comes in a wide variety of styles, and trim levels, and engines, frankly, too many to list here. But our highlights across all the versions are an extremely powerful entertainment system and an interior that's comfortable, spacious, functional, and quiet. Now, the GLS price can jump considerably when you start playing around the options. But, hey, these are luxury SUVs. And in the case of the Benz, our team truly believes that you get what you pay for. Now, if you want the standard, third-row, no options required, check out the Audi Q7. Obviously, it's going to come up a little bit short in terms of cargo space because of the existence of that third row. But the overall package is strong. Our team said the Audi's mix of performance, comfort, and technology, and value is hard to beat. And we also gave it high marks to the interior and the way the Q7 drives. Here we get the classic utility vehicle, the family trucksters, the Canyonero. These rigs have super-size capability and space. They can haul a big family, that family stuff, you know, the family's boat or the horse too. I don't know. If you need maximum versatility, this is what these big rigs deliver. Our current top pick is the Ford Expedition, which marries excellent design with a capable truck-based platform. It can seat up to eight and tow more than 9,000 pounds depending on the configuration, and inside, the Expedition can be outfitted with all the features and toys you'd expect from a luxury vehicle. If you need more space, the Expedition Max takes the standard expeditions strengths and adds to it nine inches of length. If you absolutely need the most space possible, here's your answer. Before finishing this recommendation, though, I have to point out that Chevy's just put out a new Suburban and Tahoe. We haven't performed a full evaluation on those vehicles yet. But keep up to date with our recommendations at Edmunds.com to see if the results here change. Now here's where things start to get a little silly when it comes to opulence. These SUVs have tremendous road presence due to a combination of size, design, and power. These behemoths are as functional as they are impressive. Not many vehicles out there offer quilted leather upholstery and massaging seats along with 7,000 pound tow ratings, and upwards of 600 horsepower, and seating for seven. But the Mercedes Benz GLS does. What can we say? This is a fancy people and gear hauler that takes all the luxury elements our team likes from Mercedes and adds to them a cushy ride, and remarkable performance, and a cavernous interior. It looks great too. You're paying a lot for this kind of SUV so your expectations should be mighty high. A good thing, our team says the GLS might just be one of the most well-rounded vehicles on sale today. That wraps up our SUV recommendations for 2020 and 2021. Be sure to click on the links below for more information and be sure to like, comment, and subscribe, and, of course, thank you for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

The Best SUVs for 2020 & 2021 — The Top-Rated Small, Midsize, Large, Luxury SUVs and Crossovers

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Audi Q7, but since the 2021 Audi Q7 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$54,950
MPG & Fuel
19 City / 23 Hwy / 21 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.5 gal. capacity
Seating
7 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 248 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 199.3 in. / Height: N/A / Width: 77.5 in.
Curb Weight: 4784 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 14.8 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Q7 safety features:

Audi Side Assist
Monitors blind spots and alerts the driver to potential obstacles during lane changes. Generically known as blind-spot monitoring.
Audi Pre Sense City
Anticipates collisions and applies brakes, stopping the car at speeds up to 25 mph. Reduces impacts at higher speeds.
Audi Active Lane Assist
Helps the driver stay in the lane by making subtle steering corrections. Generically known as lane keeping assist.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover15.7%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Audi Q7 vs. the competition

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Audi Q7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is currently one of our top-rated SUVs. It's slightly more expensive but similar in size to the Q7, though the GLE's optional third row has less space than the Audi's. The GLE offers a wider variety of powertrains than the Q7, but the Audi comes standard with all-wheel drive on all trims. We prefer the Mercedes' tech and driver aids, but the Audi isn't far behind.

Compare Audi Q7 & Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class features 

Audi Q7 vs. BMW X5

The BMW X5 is one of the Q7's closest competitors. The BMW is slightly more expensive than the Audi, and its optional third row offers less space than the Audi's standard third row. We like the BMW's comfortable ride, smooth engines and handsome interior, though the Audi offers similar comfort and refinement. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the BMW X5.

Compare Audi Q7 & BMW X5 features 

Audi Q7 vs. Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is slightly smaller than the Q7 in both passenger and cargo space, but the interior is handsome and fitted with premium materials. Recent updates to the XC90 improved the Volvo's ride and handling, and the much-maligned hybrid model is finally worth consideration. The XC90's touchscreen interface, though, disappoints compared to the systems in class leaders.

Compare Audi Q7 & Volvo XC90 features 

FAQ

Is the Audi Q7 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Q7 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about Audi Q7 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Q7 gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg to 21 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Q7 has 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi Q7. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Audi Q7?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi Q7:

  • Minor changes to trim-level content and optional features
  • Part of the second Q7 generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Audi Q7 reliable?

To determine whether the Audi Q7 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Q7. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Q7's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Audi Q7 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi Q7 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Q7 and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Q7 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi Q7?

The least-expensive 2021 Audi Q7 is the 2021 Audi Q7 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $54,950.

Other versions include:

  • Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $72,000
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $60,800
  • Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $57,200
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $54,950
  • Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $63,800
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What are the different models of Audi Q7?

If you're interested in the Audi Q7, the next question is, which Q7 model is right for you? Q7 variants include Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of Q7 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Audi Q7 Overview

The 2021 Audi Q7 is offered in the following submodels: Q7 SUV, Q7 Hybrid. Available styles include Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), and Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Audi Q7?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi Q7 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Q7 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Q7.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi Q7 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Q7 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Audi Q7?

2021 Audi Q7 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Audi Q7 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $59,570. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi Q7 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,180 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,180 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $53,390.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi Q7 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 10.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 14 2021 Audi Q7 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Audi Q7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Audi Q7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $63,030. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi Q7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,591 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,591 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $56,439.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi Q7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 10.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 25 2021 Audi Q7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Audi Q7 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Audi Q7 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $78,120. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi Q7 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $7,157 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,157 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $70,963.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi Q7 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 9.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 12 2021 Audi Q7 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Audi Q7s are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Audi Q7 for sale near. There are currently 51 new 2021 Q7s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $58,825 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Audi Q7. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $4,320 on a used or CPO 2021 Q7 available from a dealership near you.

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi Q7?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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