2018 Audi Q7
- No significant changes for 2018
- Part of the second Q7 generation introduced for 2017
- Exceptional interior materials and build quality
- Best-in-class ride quality regardless of road surface
- Cutting-edge safety and technology features
- Less cargo space than most competitors
- Majority of options, including driver aids, not available on base trim
Which Q7 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating8.4 / 10
The Audi Q7 is one of the top luxury crossovers in the midsize segment. It offers an appealing combo of performance, comfort, technology and value. Its well-built interior and advanced suite of semiautonomous driver-assistance features are also noteworthy.
The Q7 may be Audi's biggest SUV, but it's surprisingly nimble for its size, especially when equipped with the optional adaptive air suspension and four-wheel steering. Combine that with good visibility and willing engines and the Q7 is a pleasure to drive. And if you're not in the mood to drive, the Q7's optional driver aids will not only keep you in your lane, but they will also anticipate turns and adjust to local speed limits.
Beyond the impressive technology features, the Q7's interior is filled with high-quality materials and offers exceptional comfort. It's also extremely quiet and capable of smoothing out rough roads. The engines offer usable power and reasonable fuel economy thanks to this generation Q7's weight loss.
As much as we like the 2018 Audi Q7, its biggest weakness is cargo capacity. Both the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and Volvo XC90 boast more space, along with appealing interiors. Prospective buyers might also want to look at the sporty and well-rounded Acura MDX and BMW X5. There are a lot of strong entries in this segment, but the Q7 is one of the best, whether in base trim or fully loaded.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Audi Q7 as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury SUVs for this year.
2018 Audi Q7 configurations
The 2018 Audi Q7 is available in three trim levels. The entry-level Premium trim comes with enough features to satisfy many buyers but has only limited access to optional upgrades. From there, the Premium Plus trim adds a few extras, and it can be more thoroughly upgraded and customized. Finally, the range-topping Prestige trim bundles quite a few features and has access to some exclusive options.
Two engines are available for the Q7. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It's only available in the Premium or Premium Plus trim levels. The upgraded supercharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder produces 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft, and is offered in all three trims. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
The Premium trim includes leather upholstery, heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats, three-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, and a panoramic sunroof. Standard technology features include a rearview camera, 7-inch color driver information display in the gauge cluster, and Audi's MMI user interface with a 7-inch central display, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports and a 10-speaker sound system.
Some active safety features are also included on the Premium trim. Audi Pre-Sense Basic with Pedestrian Detection, which takes steps to mitigate injury and damage in a collision, is standard. You also get front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera along with a power-folding third-row bench, split-folding second row, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power rear liftgate, HomeLink garage door opener, heated power-folding side mirrors, and LED running lights and taillights.
Only two major packages are available for the Premium trim. The Cold Weather package adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The MMI Navigation Plus package adds navigation that allows you to search for locations with Google Voice Search, smartphone integration, and a handful of other connected features.
Moving up to the Premium Plus trim adds the MMI Navigation Plus package, along with an upgraded Bose sound system, an electric tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring with Pre Sense Rear, auto-dimming exterior mirrors and interior LED accent lights.
The Premium Plus trim also has access to quite a few optional packages. The Driver Assistance package adds the entire menu of electronic driver aids, and the Vision package adds Audi's Virtual Cockpit, a 360-degree exterior camera and LED headlights. There's also the Warm Weather package, which adds four-zone climate control, seat ventilation and rear sunshade. The Ventilation package, meanwhile, adds seat ventilation and sunshades.
The range-topping Prestige trim includes the Vision package and Warm Weather package, and also adds larger 20-inch wheels, a head-up display, and power-closing doors. Only the Prestige can be equipped with the Adaptive Chassis package, which adds four-wheel steering and an adaptive air suspension. There's also a night-vision system available along with a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Notable stand-alone options that can be added to all trims include a trailering package and rear side-impact airbags.
Noise & vibration8.0
Ease of use9.0
Getting in/getting out9.0
Child safety seat accommodation7.0
Audio & navigation9.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Q7 safety features:
- Audi Side Assist
- Monitors traffic behind the vehicle and alerts the driver to potential obstacles during lane changes.
- Audi Pre Sense Front
- Anticipates impending collisions and applies brakes and takes other steps, such as tightening seat belts, to mitigate passenger injury.
- Adaptive Restraint System
- Manages airbag expansion and seat belt tension to distribute impact force in accidents, helping to protect passengers from serious injury.
Audi Q7 vs. the competition
2018 Audi Q7
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class
Audi Q7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE Class
The 2018 Mercedes GLE and Q7 are both richly detailed luxury crossover SUVs. The Benz does offer more variety in terms of engines, including a plug-in hybrid version and the muscular AMG 63 version. With the Audi, though, you get a bit nicer of an interior and sportier handling. You also get one thing the GLE can't offer: seven-passenger capacity.
Audi Q7 vs. BMW X5
The X5 is a five-passenger SUV with an optional third row for seven-passenger capacity. The comfort, quality, and technology in its cabin is very similar to the Audi's. With the BMW, you get a more powerful standard engine (a turbocharged six-cylinder) plus the option for diesel, plug-in hybrid and V8-powered variants. The X5 isn't quite as sharp in the curves as the Q7, but it's an incremental difference. Of the Q7's rivals, the X5 is worth a close look.
Audi Q7 vs. Volvo XC90
The Q7's driver safety offerings are impressive, but so are the XC90's. Its suite of features, called Pilot Assist, is among the best for seamless execution and real-world usefulness, and promises relief for traffic-weary commuters. But while the Volvo looks stunning and rivals the Q7's style in a more subdued Swedish manner, we've also found it prone to a rougher ride.
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2018 Audi Q7 for Sale
The 2018 Audi Q7 returns nearly unchanged for the second year of its latest generation. Audi completely redesigned its flagship crossover last year, and the Q7 immediately became one of our favorite three-row luxury SUVs. The Q7's handsome styling, upscale interior and impressive technology options are still fresh, and among the best in the class, so it's a good thing Audi hasn't changed the recipe much for this year.
Power for the Q7 comes from either a turbocharged four-cylinder (252 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque) or an optional supercharged six-cylinder (333 hp, 325 lb-ft of torque). Both engines are paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Last year's redesign significantly reduced the Q7's weight, which helps this big SUV deliver strong performance and competitive fuel economy.
The Q7 is one of the most refined vehicles Audi makes. Its cabin is packed with high-quality materials — even the base trim comes with leather upholstery — and it's exceptionally comfortable and quiet. The Q7's ride, especially with the optional adaptive air suspension, is also excellent for the class. Aside from a smaller-than-average cargo area, there's little to complain about with this big Audi.
An extensive list of high-tech add-ons covers everything from infotainment technology to active driver aids that turn the Q7 into a semiautonomous vehicle in certain situations. Adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and a system that adjusts for local speed limits make the Q7 easy to live with in both traffic-heavy commutes and long freeway jaunts. Thanks to optional four-wheel steering, the Q7 can also tackle tight turns and cramped city driving conditions.
Three trim levels are available for the 2018 Audi Q7: base Premium, Premium Plus and the range-topping Prestige trim. Even the base trim offers quite a bit of luxury and comes with some active safety features that help make the Q7 an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Upgrading all the way to the Prestige gets buyers impressive tech including Audi's Virtual Cockpit and comforts such as heated and ventilated seats. A laundry list of options means you can customize the Q7 to your needs and wants.
It's easy to recommend the Q7 to anyone looking for a luxurious three-row SUV with the latest technology. Make sure to check out our full review for more information, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find a great deal on a 2018 Audi Q7 near you.
2018 Audi Q7 Overview
The 2018 Audi Q7 is offered in the following submodels: Q7 SUV. Available styles include 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 2.0T Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and 3.0T Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Audi Q7?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Audi Q7 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Q7 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 2018 Q7.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Audi Q7?
2018 Audi Q7 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
The 2018 Audi Q7 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $71,945. The average price paid for a new 2018 Audi Q7 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) is trending $7,874 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Audi Q7 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) is10.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Audi Q7 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 Audi Q7 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $64,450. The average price paid for a new 2018 Audi Q7 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $7,429 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,429 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$57,022.
The average savings for the 2018 Audi Q7 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is11.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Audi Q7?
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