Audi's flagship Q7 SUV debuted in 2007 and continued in its first-generation guise for nearly a decade. Ten years before a brief hiatus. Now the 2017 Audi Q7 returns (there was no 2016 model) thoroughly redesigned and confidently asserting its place atop Audi's SUV lineup with handsome, chiseled styling and a massive signature grille. Furthering its elite status is an interior that looks lifted from Audi's A8 executive luxury sedan.
Under the Q7's hood is either a turbocharged four-cylinder (252 horsepower) or the uplevel 333-hp supercharged V6. Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels via Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Massive weight loss trims the Q7's weight from 400 to 700 pounds, depending on powertrain and trim level, and the new SUV delivers stronger performance and higher fuel efficiency than its predecessor.
The four-cylinder moves the Q7 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, while the potent supercharged V6 does it in just 5.9 seconds — impressive quickness for a large three-row SUV. Beyond that yardstick stat, both engines provide smooth and ample power delivery in everyday driving. If you're looking for fuel economy, either engine will do; the four-cylinder's EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg combined (20 city/25 highway), while the V6 earns 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway).
Audi's reputation for refinement in on full display in the 2017 Audi Q7: its cabin loaded with the expected luxuries of plush leather upholstery, power everything and a powerful sound system. Materials and build quality are of the highest order. Even if you opt for a fully loaded Q7, the various high-tech features are easy to use once you become familiar with the layouts. Apart from a smallish cargo area compared to some of its large crossover rivals, there's not much to complain about here.
The Q7 also provides a relaxed driving experience, effortlessly swallowing long interstate miles and showing agility and poise on curving roads thanks to crisp handling and good outward visibility. Electronic driving aids such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking also mean the Q7 can practically drive itself. By incorporating data from the navigation system, the Q7 not only automatically maintains safe following distances when cruise control is activated, but even slows down for upcoming turns and adjusts its speed after recognizing speed limit signs.
Available in three trim levels — Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige — the 2017 Audi Q7 offers a pleasing combination of luxury sedan comfort and performance with three-row SUV functionality. It's an easy car to recommend. Let Edmunds help you find the perfect 2017 Audi Q7.