2020 Audi Q7

2020 Audi Q7 Review: Uncompromised Excellence

As a midsize luxury SUV, the Audi Q7 goes up against some truly capable rivals like the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. However, the seven-seater crossover holds its own against these leading brands with an eminently capable and newly introduced turbocharged V6 engine developing 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, even more than in previous years, and a step up over the base 2.0-liter turbo. The larger powertrain pairs up with excellent handling dynamics, a plush interior, and a velvety suspension to deliver a ride that few can hope to match. The new year sees a few extra features added to the already well-appointed Q7 to help it stay competitive in the luxury segment. The less impressive turbo four-cylinder engine returns in 2020, if only later in the production year, but it will most likely remain an unpopular choice.

2020 Audi Q7 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Q7?

For the new year, the Q7 gets an extensive makeover, with some minor feature enhancements, too. It gets an all-new turbocharged V6 engine, increasing its power output by six horsepower and 44 lb-ft over previous years. The four-cylinder will carry over unchanged. Looks-wise, the crossover gets a revised grille with more aggressive LED headlights and taillights, a new front spoiler design, and new 19-inch wheels. Audi's virtual cockpit is now a standard feature across the range along with the dual-touchscreen interface that comes with the Q8, while an MMI touch response system replaces the traditional rotary dials. A wireless charger is available as part of the Audi phone box on upper trim levels.

Pros and Cons

  • Truly luxurious interior
  • Stronger V6 engine than last year
  • Long list of standard and available features
  • Capable and athletic handling
  • Three rows of seats
  • Cramped third-row seats
  • Looks a little plain from the outside
  • Can be extremely expensive with add-ons

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2020 Audi Q7 Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Premium 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Other
$54,800
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Other
$54,800
Prestige 55 TFSI quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Other
$60,800
Premium 55 TFSI quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Other
$60,800
Premium Plus 55 TFSI quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Other
$60,800

Q7 Exterior

A makeover has helped to make the relatively plain-looking Q7 stand out a bit more this year. While the grille maintains its trapezoidal shape, it has been redesigned with vertical veins instead of the traditional horizontal ones to offer a much more assertive, eye-catching look. The front bumper has been reshaped to accommodate the new, aggressively sharp headlight design. Similarly, the taillights have been restyled to match the new tailgate with its horizontal chrome strip. A panoramic sunroof comes equipped to every model and the lower trims come with 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, while the upper trims equipped with the V6 engine get the larger 20-inch alloys.

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Dimensions

While some seven-seater crossovers manage to maintain modest proportions, the Q7 is not such a one. A 118-inch wheelbase is housed within a long body of 199.3 inches. And, while it may be great for fitting the kids, their friends, and their friends' dog, the SUV isn't that practical for a busy school parking lot at 77.6 inches wide, excluding the side mirrors. At 68.5 inches tall, the Audi offers great road visibility even for grandma. She might not feel overly confident behind the wheel of a car that weighs between 4,784 - 5,082 lbs, though. This is on par with similar luxury SUVs like the BMW X5 with a weight range of 4,758 - 5,260 lbs, while the Volvo XC90 is quite a bit lighter at 4,327 lbs.

  • Length 199.6 in
  • Wheelbase 117.9 in
  • Height 68.5 in
  • Max Width 77.5 in
  • Front Width 66.1 in
  • Rear Width 66.6 in

Exterior Colors

Two paint colors come standard on the Audi Q7: Carrara White or Night Black. However, an extra eight colors can be unlocked by paying an additional $595. These hues comprise the metallic palette and include Barrel Brown, Florett Silver, Galaxy Blue, Glacier White, Navarra Blue, Orca Black, Samurai Gray, and Vicuna Beige. Every paint is available to each trim and is not limited by color combinations with the interior. We love the Galaxy Blue's look on the Q7, but all the available shades do the striking new grille justice.

  • Vicuna Beige Metallic
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Barrel Brown Metallic
  • Galaxy Blue Metallic
  • Navarra Blue Metallic
  • Orca Black Metallic
  • Samurai Gray Metallic
  • Carrara White
  • Night Black

Q7 Performance

The Audi Q7 has always been a great performer, but it's even more capable this year with its stronger turbocharged V6 engine. Sadly, the four-cylinder engine carries over unchanged, with the same lethargic 6.9-second 0-60 mph sprint time. It's not awful, but it's not exactly thrilling, either. The standard all-wheel-drive helps the SUV feel a bit more capable, but you're unlikely ever to be impressed with the four-cylinder powertrain, especially when the Q7 is fully-loaded.

With an extra six horsepower and 44 lb-ft of torque over the previous V6, the new turbocharged V6 engine makes the Q7 an even better performer than it has been in the past. It may be electronically limited to 130 mph, but the V6 is far quicker, making the 0-60 mph sprint in just 5.7 seconds. It's also a lot stronger, towing up to 7,700 lbs when properly equipped. This is 500 lbs more than the BMW X5 in its most capable guise.

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Engine and Transmission

The standard engine on the Audi Q7 is the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from previous years, which delivers 248 hp and 273 lb-ft to all four wheels. This engine carries over unchanged from 2019, and will likely be just as unpopular as it was then. It can move the bulky SUV, but it detracts from the sporty appeal of the Q7's excellent handling.

The current standard engine is the new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that develops a higher 335 hp and 369 lb-ft. It comes mated to the same refined eight-speed automatic gearbox as the four-cylinder,which shifts smoothly and never struggles to find the right gear for the situation. The stronger engine is far more capable of moving the crossover, ensuring it maintains its thrill-delivering qualities around town or on the highway. This engine also comes paired with a 48-volt MHEV that gives the powertrain a bit more kick while still keeping fuel efficiency reasonable. Every model comes with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drivetrain.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    Other

Handling and Driving Impressions

While it may be a large SUV best suited to hauling the entire family around town, the Audi Q7 is far from boring and domestic. It has excellent road grip and handling characteristics that allow it to maneuver far more dexterously than its size and weight would suggest. The steering is as light as you'd want it to be in the city, helping the hefty crossover handle tight parking lots or busy streets, but it's also more responsive than the norm thanks to Audi's quattro permanent all-wheel-drive, giving the SUV solid grip and inspiring confidence through corners.

The opulent interior of the SUV works in unison with the standard four-wheel independent suspension to deliver a silky-smooth ride, which is further enhanced by the well-dampened cabin that blocks out almost all wind and road noise. If, for some reason, the ride isn't quite soft enough for you, you can opt for the air suspension, which makes you feel like you are riding on a cloud. Naturally, the bigger wheels that come with the V6 engine on the top two trims negatively impact ride quality, but when it's so good to begin with, this feels like a small price to pay for the extra fun that comes from the increase in power.

There may be quicker, sportier crossovers out there, but the Audi Q7 is among the best on the road, inspiring confidence while ensuring peace of mind with its combination of excellent handling and available advanced driver assistance features.

Q7 Gas Mileage

While the V6 engine has seen an upgrade for the new year, the turbocharged four-cylinder carries over. However, Audi has not given mileage estimates for the four-cylinder on the updated and heavier 2020 Q7 model, but we don't expect it to change much from last year's 19/25/21 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles. The turbocharged V6 used to share the same ratings, but its increase in power has led to a reduction in efficiency of 17/21/18 mpg. With a 22.5-gallon tank, the Q7 can cover up to 405 miles with its V6 engine.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    22.5 Gallons
* 2020 Audi Q7 Premium 45 TFSI quattro AWD

Q7 Interior

Pure gorgeous opulence is definitely the name of the game when you step inside the Q7. Genuine leather comes standard, with optional premium Valcona leather on the Prestige, while even the dash and door panels are covered with soft-touch surfaces. There is space for seven within the cabin, although the third row isn't suitable for anyone but smaller children, and it can't get heating functions like the first two rows. The front seats offer many levels of adjustability, with the driver positioned well to access the controls for the wide array of features that come standard in the luxury crossover. The dual-screen infotainment system comes with a host of functions, although they can be a little tricky to navigate until you get used to the interface.

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Seating and Interior Space

The spacious cabin of the luxury SUV comes standard with three rows of seats accommodating up to seven passengers. The first and second rows provide enough headroom for most adults, while the third row is only adequate. Legroom is excellent up front and good for those behind, but the rearmost seats will be too cramped for anyone but smaller children over long drives. As standard, the front seats offer eight directions of power-adjustability with four-way lumbar settings for the driver. The Prestige gets 12-way power front seats with four-way lumbar, which can be further upgraded to 18-way power front seats with lumbar and massage functions with the Luxury Package. The front seats come heated on every trim and ventilated on the top trim, with optional heated rear seats and steering wheel.

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.7 in
  • Front Head Room 39.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.8 in

Interior Colors and Materials

As a premium vehicle, the Audi Q7 comes upholstered in plush leather, even on the base model. The color choices for the interior include Black, Metro Gray, Okapi Brown, or Saiga Beige. The carpet and dash can be either Black or Metro Gray, while the headliner is always Lunar Silver. The top-of-the-range Prestige gets access to perforated Valcona leather as part of the $6,400 Luxury Package, although no additional hues are available. The standard leather upholstery can be paired with Gray Oak Wood or Gray Brown Fine Grain Ash trim on the four-cylinder models, while the trims equipped with the V6 engine get the extra option of Lava Brown Eucalyptus. Regardless of your choice of appointments, the interior is immaculately built, with no cheap or hard plastics to be found anywhere.

Q7 Trunk and Cargo Space

The Q7 is a large crossover with plenty of passenger capacity, but it certainly isn't lacking when it comes to cargo room, either. Behind the third-row seats, however, there is only 14.2 cubic feet of space available. This is enough for basic errands around town like some light shopping, but it certainly isn't enough space for seven people's luggage. But fold the rear seats down in a 50/50 split, and you can free up 26.1 cubic feet, more than enough space for some intensive shopping or luggage for five. The middle seats fold down in a 35/30/35 split to make space for around 70 cubic feet, which is enough room for larger items, but still much less than similar rivals like the XC90, which provides 85.7 cubic feet total.

Small-item storage is equally behind the competition, with the cupholders spread throughout the cabin being a bit smaller than the norm. The center console trays are pretty small, too, while the glovebox is only average-sized. The four door pockets are large enough for small water bottles but not much else.

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Q7 Infotainment and Features

Features

The Audi Q7 isn't lacking when it comes to features, both standard or available. The entry-level Premium is equipped with tri-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, eight-way heated power front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, and keyless entry and ignition. Even the base model now comes with Audi's 12.3-inch LCD virtual cockpit, although the head-up display is reserved for the Prestige. Standard safety features include front and rear sonar, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, and forward collision avoidance. The Premium Plus adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, vehicle exit warning, and a surround-view camera. Aside from the head-up display, the Prestige also comes with power soft-closing doors, quad-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, emergency assist, active lane assist, intersection assist, traffic jam assist, and traffic sign recognition.

Infotainment

The infotainment suite centers around Audi's dual-touchscreen interface that has become a trademark on some of its more modern SUVs, with a 10.1-inch upper screen and an 8.6-inch lower. Built-in software includes Bluetooth functionality, voice-activated controls, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, and HD Radio, played back through the standard ten-speaker sound system. A 19-speaker 3D Surround System comes standard on the Premium Plus and Prestige trims. The center console offers several USB charging points as standard while the upper trims come with Audi phone box, which comprises a signal booster and a wireless charger. For the new year, the standard rotary dials and buttons have been traded out for an MMI touch touch response system.

Q7 Problems and Reliability

While Audi's three-row crossover has not received a dependability rating from J.D. Power for 2020, it was scored at 79 out of 100 last year. This places it within the top ten in its segment. The SUV has not yet seen any recalls for 2020, and it was only recalled once in 2019 for the possibility that cracks may develop on the shock absorber forks. Audi offers a 50,000-mile/48-month limited warranty on new purchases, while 24-hour roadside assistance is provided for the first 48 months after purchase.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

Q7 Safety

The NHTSA has not given the 2020 Q7 an overall safety rating yet, but it received five stars in every side crash test and four stars for roll-over crash safety.. This should carry over to the new model thanks to the enhanced safety features. For 2020, the IIHS has only tested the SUV for front crash prevention, for which it scored a rating of Good. The 2019, however, scored very well in testing by the IIHS.

Key Safety Features

Every Q7 comes with an extensive list of standard safety features, both mechanical and technological. In terms of the former, the SUV gets ABS, EBD, stability and traction control with off-road mode, and at least six airbags: dual front, front side, and side curtain, with the option to add rear side airbags. The standard advanced safety features comprise a rearview camera, forward collision avoidance, front and rear sonar, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and rain-sensing wipers. The upper trims get blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, vehicle exit warning, active lane assist, emergency assist, a surround-view camera, traffic jam assist, intersection assist, and traffic sign recognition.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Audi Q7 a good SUV?

Few crossovers are as well-rounded as the Audi Q7, and 2020 sees it get a few updates and a facelift to heighten its appeal even further. Its plain appearance has been a contentious issue since it was first introduced, so Audi has clearly made some effort to shore up some of the SUV's weak points.

The Q7 already shines in terms of its interior, which is built from top-notch materials and designed for optimal comfort. Yes, the third-row seats are not ideal for anyone but small children, but the first two rows can easily accommodate taller adults in superb comfort. High tech features like quad-zone climate control, 12-way heated and ventilated power front seats, and power soft-close doors make the top-tier Q7 a front-runner in the midsize luxury SUV segment.

The dual-touchscreen makes the console look a bit more cluttered than it has in the past, but it also makes the Q7 feel a bit more high-tech. This complements the excellent safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision avoidance, and a surround-view camera. Take into account the crossover's sporty handling dynamics, powerful V6 engine, and adequate cargo capacity, and the Audi has no real shortcomings.

There are rivals out there like the BMW X5 that run neck-and-neck with the Q7, but none stand head and shoulder above it. No vehicle at this premium level comes cheap, but the new engine on the Audi Q7 does make it a bit thirstier than its competition. Still, those who can afford the SUV won't find this to be a deterrent, so there is no reason that this high-quality crossover shouldn't be near the top of your shortlist.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Audi Q7?

Large family SUVs aren't the cheapest vehicles on the market to begin with, and Audi is an elite name. However, the quality and refinement of the brand warrants the high starting price of $54,800 for the base-model Premium trim with the four-cylinder engine. An additional $6,000 will get you the stronger V6 engine under the hood. The mid-range Premium Plus trim starts at $57,200, while optioning the V6 adds $6,600. The top-tier Prestige comes equipped with the V6 engine as standard, and asks for a hefty investment of $71,200 before customization. These prices exclude tax, registration, licensing, and Audi's $995 destination charge.

2020 Audi Q7 Models

For 2020, the Audi Q7 is offered in three distinct trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Both bottom-rung models come standard with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 248 hp and 273 lb-ft. Optional on the lower trims and standard on the Prestige is the new 3.0-liter V6 engine, which makes 335 hp and 369 lb-ft. All three trims come standard with all-wheel-drive, while an eight-speed automatic transmission rows the gears.

The base-level Premium gets 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights and taillights, and a hands-free power tailgate. Standard features include leather upholstery, eight-way heated power front seats with four-way lumbar for the driver, driver-seat memory, and tri-zone climate control. The safety suite comprises front and rear sonar, a rearview camera, forward collision avoidance, and lane departure warning, while the infotainment consists of a dual-touchscreen interface that supports Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, and SiriusXM paired with a ten-speaker sound system. Every model comes with the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit and a panoramic sunroof.

The Premium Plus largely focuses on improving the advanced safety features by adding blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, vehicle exit warning, and a surround-view camera. Inside, the sound system is upgraded to an 19-speaker 3D Surround Sound set-up, while Audi phone box adds a signal booster and wireless charger. When the V6 engine is optioned, the SUV gets the larger 20-inch alloy wheels.

Coming standard with the V6 engine, the Prestige rides on the 20-inch alloys by default, while also getting the matrix-design LED headlights, dual-pane acoustic glass windows, and power soft-closing doors. Quad-zone climate control and 12-way heated and ventilated front seats replace the standard fare, while the safety suite is further enhanced with active lane assist, emergency assist, traffic jam assist, intersection assist, while traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, and adaptive cruise control also come included.

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Additional Packages

While the Audi Q7 may be a well-appointed luxury SUV, it still provides plenty of opportunities to customize your purchase to your taste. Available on every trim level, the Cold Weather Package ($600) adds a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and all-weather floor mats. The base Premium model can be upgraded with the Convenience Package ($1,200), which comprises the Audi phone box (a signal booster and wireless charger), LED interior lighting, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and vehicle exit warning. The Warm Weather Package ($1,600) adds quad-zone climate control, rear sunshades, and 12-way heated and ventilated power front seats to the Premium Plus trim. The top-tier Prestige gets exclusive access to the Luxury Package ($6,400), which adds Valcona leather upholstery, 18-way heated and ventilated power contour front seats with lumbar and massage functions, an Alcantara headliner, and a leather console and door panels.

🚗What Audi Q7 Model Should I Buy?

Even the base model Premium offers buyers a great deal of value, especially when optioned with the Convenience Package. However, if you want those features as standard, along with a slightly improved interior, then the Premium Plus is our recommendation. Still, you will need to add on about $6,000 to the bill to get the turbocharged V6 engine that makes the Q7 so fun to drive. The mid-tier model comes with tri-zone climate control, premium leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view camera. Audi phone box with a wireless charger also comes as standard, along with a 19-speaker 3D sound system.

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2020 Audi Q7 Comparisons

BMW X5 BMW
Audi Q8
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi Q7248 hpTBC$54,800
BMW X5 335 hp21/26 mpg$59,400
Audi Q8 335 hp17/21 mpg$68,200

2020 Audi Q7 vs BMW X5

The BMW X5 is a close rival to the luxurious Q7 thanks to its similar power outputs and competitive handling dynamics. Inside, the BMW may not be quite as luxurious as its German cousin, but the X5 gets just as many up-to-date tech features. Still, the X5 can seat as many as the Q7, but its optional third row of seats feel more like an afterthought, with even less space than that provided in the Audi. The BMW was fully redesigned for 2019, making it feel a bit more modern than the Q7, but it still doesn't feel quite as practical, nor does it match the superb high quality of Audi's interior. It's a close battle, make no mistake, and the final choice will likely come down to personal taste, but the Audi Q7 does seem like a slightly better deal, in our opinion.

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2020 Audi Q7 vs Audi Q8

The Audi Q8 is the most luxurious SUV offered by the manufacturer, but it is basically on par with the top-of-the-range Q7. It gets the more potent V6 engine, with 335 hp and 369 lb-ft, as well as the same high-quality interior. However, the Q8 sacrifices a bit of practicality by removing the third row of seats in favor of increasing cargo capacity and overall room for the remaining five seats, while also adhering to the increasingly popular coupe-SUV body style. It handles just as well as the Q7, but not quite as well as a sporty sedan. If you don't really need the extra seats, the Audi Q8 is the more appealing option here, optimizing comfort and convenience for the remaining passengers while still offering similar levels of cargo utility. It is quite a bit pricier than the Q7, however, although this won't likely factor in too heavily to the decision-making process for those shopping in this price bracket.

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