- Exceptional interior
- Smooth and refined ride
- Impressive standard safety kit
- Not as fun as the BMW X5
- Styling might not be for everyone
- Not a great deal else
Exceptional luxury SUV.
The Audi Q7 has been with us since way back in 2005, and is not in its second generation. A big, luxury 7-seat SUV that’s in direct competition with the Land Rover Discovery, and the Volvo XC90, the Q7 remains one of the very best prestige SUVs on the market. With its understated styling, high spec interior technology, and practical storage space, the Q7 will meet almost all buyers’ needs. It’s not quite as practical as the XC90, nor does it have the off-road capabilities of the Discovery, but there really aren’t many criticisms that you can throw at the Q7.
The new, second generation Q7 was released in 2015 and featured a complete redesign. With new chassis, styling, interior, technology, and engines.
Class leading interior design.
If there’s one thing that you can guarantee in almost any Audi, it’s a high-spec interior. The German manufacturer is at the very forefront of interior design, and the Q7’s is one of its very best creations.
The dashboard design of the Q7 is simple, clean, and contemporary. Beautiful soft-touch materials adorn almost every area of the cabin, giving the Q7 a real feel of luxuriousness. The dash is finished with real metal trim, whilst classy wood veneer is used on higher end models. Controls are also well-damped, whilst the Virtual Cockpit is a work of pure genius. All in all the cabin has a solidity that will last a lifetime. If there’s one thing you can trust in an Audi, it’s a top drawer interior.
Practicality is of huge importance for luxury SUV drivers, and the Q7 comes up trumps. In all but the hybrid model, there’s seven seats that adults can travel in comfortably. Only the XC90 has arguably better space for the sixth and seventh passengers. With all seven seats in place, there’s a very respectable 295 litres of boot space. That’s enough for shopping, and even a small buggy. But fold the rearmost seats down, and you’ll get a frankly cavernous 770 litres. The Q7 really is a class-leader if practicality is king.
Equipment levels, as you’d expect for a luxurious SUV, are generous across the range. Even the entry-level SE trim comes absolutely loaded with goodies. You’ll get dual-zone climate control, satnav, DAB, Bluetooth, electric leather seats, a powered tailgate, and xenon lights. Few buyers will want more than this, though those who are a fan of sporty styling might opt for the S-Line trim, which adds bigger alloy wheels, LED lights, and sports seats.
All in all the inside of the Q7 is a work of real beauty. Not only does the cabin look great, it’s also exceptionally well-constructed. It’s practical as well, making it a great choice for family buyers looking for a touch of luxury in their lives.
Exceptionally comfortable and refined.
If there’s one chink in the Q7’s armour, it’s its ability to provide entertainment behind the wheel. It’s simply not as fun to drive on winding country roads at speed as the BMW X5, or the Volvo XC90. Despite this, it’s still a pretty impressive car to drive. The steering is perhaps a little too light at speed, but it does make it easy to drive around town. On the standard suspension setup the Q7 rolls around a bit through the corners. But go for a car fitted with the optional air suspension, and this is vastly reduced.
Suspension and Chassis
Whilst the Q7 might not be as fun as its rivals, it easily trumps them when it comes down to comfort and refinement. The standard suspension copes well with potholes and loose surfaces. Cars fitted with the air suspension are even smoother. Even the worst British roads feel as smooth as butter. Ride refinement is similarly impressive. For such a big car there’s next to no road, wind, or engine noise. It really is an exceptional long-distance cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Q7 come in only one guise. No matter which model you choose you’re going to get an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. That’s hardly a negative however, as it’s an impressive performer. Gearchanges are smooth, so much so that they’re barely noticeable at times. There’s also plenty of go if you stick your foot to the floor. It’s a transmission that’s perfectly suited to the Q7’s character.
An exceptional range of versatile diesels.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Q7, you’ve got two option: diesel, or diesel-hybrid. All of the engines offer plenty of punch, and there’s power outputs to suit all neeeds. The supercar-slaying SQ7 is also one of the fastest SUVs on the road.
If it’s all-out power that you want from your Q7, the stand-out option in the range is the 4.0 litre twin-turbo diesel found in the SQ7 model. Packing 435bhp under the bonnet, the SQ7 will fire you from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds. For family buyers, this will be perhaps a little too much oomph. But even the least powerful 218bhp 3.0 TDI diesel will get you from 0-62mph in a respectable 7.3 seconds, so you’ll never be short of power in a Q7.
Eco-conscious buyers aren’t usually great fans of big luxury SUVs, but Audi does offer an eco-friendly diesel-hybrid in its range. The 3.0 TDI e-tron is exceptional for the planet. Producing just 48g/km of CO2 emissions, it won’t cost you anything in road tax each year. And if you live in London, it’s congestion-charging free. These factors also make the hybrid the best option for money-savers. With fuel efficiency of up to an unbelievable 156.9mpg, you won’t be spending much time down at the service station. You will lose two seats with this model however.
Whichever engine you choose in your Q7, you’re going to get a fine balance of power, economy, and green credentials. The Q7 is a car that ticks all the boxes, so you’ll never be left wanting.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with an impressive list of standard safety features.
Like nearly every car in its class, the Audi Q7 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 94% in adult safety, 88% in child safety, 70% in pedestrian safety, and 76% in safety assist, the Q7 is one of the safest cars on the road. Tie this in with the Q7’s dominant road presence, and raised driving position, and it’s unlikely you’ll ever feel unsafe.
The Q7 also comes with a lengthy safety kit list. Even entry level models get an emergency automatic braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, and the usual array of airbags. And as all Q7’s come as standard with four-wheel drive, you can truly feel safe behind the wheel, no matter the weather conditions.
Good value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
The Audi Q7 offers reasonably good value for money in terms of luxury SUVs. Obviously it’s not a cheap car to buy from new, but if you go for a used model you can get exceptional value for money. Running costs depend on which model you go for however. The most powerful 4.0 litre diesel is one to avoid if you don’t want to spend too much on tax or fuel. The lowest powered 3.0 litre diesel, and the e-tron hybrid are the picks of the range, as they’re the most fuel efficient, whilst the hybrid is road tax exempt.
Insurance groups for the Q7 again depend on which model you choose. The range starts in group 35 for the entry-level 3.0 TDI (218bhp) SE, and range up to group 49 for the range-topping SQ7 model. Generally speaking, though a Q7 will never be cheap to insure, it fares comparitely well against its key rivals.
Depreciation is a large factor with the almost all new cars, but this is only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40% with the Q7, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Audi Q7 is one of the most complete luxury SUV packages on the market. It impresses in almost every area. It might not be as fun to drive as the BMW X5, but it easily beats it for comfort and refinement. And with a high-end interior, some impressively modern engines, lengthy safety kit list, and reasonable running costs, you really can’t go wrong with a Q7. If you’re in the market for a used luxury SUV, the Q7 should be right near the top of your shopping list.
Buying a used Audi Q7 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Audi Q7 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Q7. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Audi Q7 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Audi? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Audi Q7, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Q7, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Audi to you at a time and place of your choice
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.