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2017 Audi Q7: New Car Review

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author photo by Autotrader June 2017

The 2017 Audi Q7 premium SUV turns the notion of a 7-seater family vehicle into something desirable. Marking the debut of its second generation, this new Q7 encompasses all the lessons learned and expertise acquired from the first generation to move front and center in its class.

As plush as a luxury sedan inside, the Q7 offers plenty of up-to-the-minute technology features, such as Side Exit Assist (which keeps a virtual eye out for the approach of other road users when someone goes to open the Q7's doors) and even a thundering 23-speaker sound system. As well as providing optimum comfort, the optional adaptive air suspension can raise the ride height if this all-wheel-drive vehicle is ever in a situation where it needs more ground clearance, or can lower it for superior aerodynamics at freeway speeds.

This new Q7 is on Autotrader's Must Test Drive list for 2017. We consider it to be one of the best SUVs thanks to a killer combination of luxury, versatility, driving talent and accomplished execution. We've actually used the words "unbelievably good."

What's New for 2017?

Everything. The Q7 is all-new for 2017.

What We Like

Lighter yet more spacious than before; clever styling disguises its dimensions; driving manners; technology

What We Don't

Can get pricey once some options are added, but that's the way with all premium German vehicles

How Much?

$49,950-$65,950

Fuel Economy

The Q7 range starts out with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine developing 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It drives all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel consumption at 20 miles per gallon in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in combined driving.

The optional engine is a supercharged (despite the 3.0T badge that suggests a turbo) 3.0-liter V6 generating 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. This is also linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. The EPA puts fuel consumption at 19 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined.

Standard Features & Options

The 2017 Audi Q7 comes in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.

The Premium ($49,950) has 18-inch alloy wheels or (19-in alloys in the 3.0T), a panoramic sunroof, a power tailgate, roof rails, xenon plus headlights with automatic high beams, push-button start, heated/power-folding side mirrors, LED daytime running lights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, drive modes (including an "Offroad" setting), tri-zone automatic climate control, ambient LED cabin lighting, leather seating surfaces, heated/8-way power-adjustable front seats (with 4-way lumbar adjustment on the driver's side, along with memory settings), a rearview camera, parking sensors front and rear, cupholders (6), bottle holders (4), Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, a 7-in display, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports and an SD card slot.

This trim level is eligible for an options package that brings navigation (with the ability to be controlled by voice or handwritten inputs), Wi-Fi and AppleCarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.

The Premium Plus ($53,950) incorporates those options and adds power adjustment for the steering column, self-dimming side mirrors, keyless entry/ignition with hands-free tailgate operation, blind spot monitoring and side exit alerts. Options for this trim level include full LED headlights, the Virtual Cockpit configurable information display, quad-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats and a top-view camera system.

The Prestige ($65,950) comes only as a 3.0T model. It has the equipment from the Premium Plus model, including those optional features, plus 20-in alloy wheels, a head-up display, an 8.3-in center screen and a 19-speaker/558-watt Bose "3D" sound system. The Prestige trim may also be equipped with a bundle that pairs an adaptive air suspension with rear-wheel steering. Other extras for this trim level include a 1,920-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with 23 speakers, night vision with pedestrian/large animal detection, multicontoured/massaging front seats, power-closing doors and upgraded leather upholstery with a simulated suede headliner.

The Premium Plus and Prestige models are both eligible for a features bundle that includes adaptive cruise control with upgraded forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance and road-sign recognition (Driver Assistance package). All models may be ordered with a towing package, a rear-seat entertainment system and a heated steering wheel/heated rear seats.

Behind the third row of seats is 14.8 cu ft. of cargo space. Behind the second row is 37.5. With both rows folded down, maximum volume is 71.6 cu ft. That's better than the BMW X5.

Safety

As well as the mandatory safety equipment (anti-lock brakes, traction control, airbags, etc.) the Q7 also comes standard with forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection. Side airbags for the rear seats are optional.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet crash-tested the Q7, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Q7 a Top Safety Pick after it scored top marks in most categories, except for the headlight test.

Behind the Wheel

Although they're optional, the adaptive air suspension and rear-wheel steering features really do make a difference, providing superb comfort and body control, with an uncanny agility for such a large vehicle.

In any conditions, the cabin is quiet and comfortable, with that high-quality/high-tech feel so typical of Audi products. There's plenty of occupant space in the first two rows, but the power-folding third row is still a little cramped for adults of average size or above.

From a "people or cargo" standpoint, the second-row seats fold in 35/30/35 fashion, while the third row splits 50/50. The 2.0T is capable of towing 4,400 pounds; the 3.0T can pull 7,700 pounds.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 Acura MDX -- Updated for 2017 with arguably more agreeable styling. A great cost/equipment proposition with a comfortable ride quality.

2017 BMW X5 -- Seemingly capable of everything required from a premium crossover, including keeping a driver involved.

2017 Volvo XC90 -- Handsome in its own way, luxurious and spacious.

Used Mercedes-Benz GL-Class -- The super-capable GL (revamped and renamed the GLS for 2017) has an adult-size third row, but the GLS is more expensive than the Q7. So consider a certified pre-owned (CPO) GL if space is a priority.

Autotrader's Advice

A Q7 buyer probably doesn't have to keep too much of a tight rein on the finances, so if the Prestige trim is within one's means, why not? Or look at a Premium Plus 3.0T. The bigger engine doesn't use much more gasoline than its smaller counterpart, but it will have an easier time motivating this big SUV.

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