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2019 Audi Q7

$53,550 - $62,250
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Audi Q7

2019 Audi Q7 Review

by Jay Traugott

The Audi Q7 is a relative latecomer to the SUV market despite Audi's long legacy of all-wheel-drive cars. The Q7, first launched in 2005 has become a favorite in the midsize luxury SUV market, and for good reason; the general consensus from the motoring sphere is that the Q7 does everything well. It's comfortable, practical, safe and offers good performance in a class where certain categories are often compromised in favor of power. For 2019, Audi offers the Q7 with a turbocharged four-cylinder and supercharged V6 engine. The interior has a premium feel, and the infotainment system is easy to use; it also now features standard navigation across the range. The Q7 received a full redesign in 2017, but Audi has added a number of features to help it keep up with the likes of the BMW X5, the Volvo XC90, and even the Acura MDX.

2019 Audi Q7 Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Q7?

Audi has given the Q7's features list a bit of a shakeup for 2019. All Q7 models now come with navigation as standard, while the Premium Plus trim and upwards include the Audi Virtual Cockpit display system, wireless charging for your smartphone, and LED headlights. The optional Convenience package will add a blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic warning; additionally, 20-inch alloy wheels are optional and will now roll on standard run-flat tires. Even larger 21-inch alloys are also available in two different styles for this year model.

Pros and Cons

  • Legendary build quality
  • Superior ride quality
  • Spacious and comfortable interior
  • Powerful yet frugal V6
  • Excellent standard safety features
  • Optional extras push up the price considerably
  • The third-row seating is a bit tight for adults
  • The base engine feels underpowered

Q7 Exterior

From the outside, the Q7 doesn't quite communicate its luxurious nature; instead, the Q7 looks rather muted thanks to a sea of straight lines and predictable SUV curves. The Q7's saving grace is the bold grille that highlights a set of handsome headlights that help break up the uniformity of the rest of the car. Twin trapezoidal exhaust tips at the back match the sharp angular lines of the rest of the car. The styling might not be as adventurous as its competitors, but the reserved look of the Q7, as with many of Audi's other vehicles, allows for an executive feel that will most likely age better than its rivals. The optional 20-inch or 21-inch alloy wheels give the Q7 a more planted, assertive look that suits its Q-car aesthetic. LED taillights, rear fog lamps, and a panoramic sunroof that tilts and slides are also included from the base model.

2019 Audi Q7 Front Angle View
2019 Audi Q7 Rear Angle View
2019 Audi Q7 Rear Angle View
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Dimensions

The 2019 Audi Q7 is Audi's largest SUV, despite slotting in between the Q5 and the Q8 in terms of pricing. Officially classified as a luxury midsize SUV, the Q7 looks bigger than midsize and measures in at 199.6 inches in length and 77.5 inches in width; slightly longer than the Volvo XC90, it stands just a fraction lower at a solid 68.5 inches off the ground. The 117.9-inch wheelbase is on the longer end of the spectrum. The Q7 and XC90 share a ground clearance measurement of 9.4 inches. This big Audi weighs in at 4,729 pounds in its lightest guise and 4,927 lbs in its heaviest, which is marginally lighter than the X5, but substantially heavier than the Acura MDX which is just over 4,032 lbs.

Exterior Colors

The bulky Q7 has nine colors to choose from. Whether you want to hide its curves or accentuate them, Audi has offered up some tasteful hues that do a good job of covering the SUV's large swathes of exterior real estate. The Q7's color options include Carrara White Night, Orca Black, Beige, Navarra Blue, Samurai Gray, and Black Cobra, which Audi recommends for the 'style-conscious' in combination with the optional 21-inch wheels. Darker colors accentuate the Q7's broad dimensions. Optional 20-inch wheels are available in a polished gray finish while the larger 21-inch wheels get high-gloss accents.

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

Q7 Performance

One of the Audi Q7's biggest selling points is the fact that it offers a superbly balanced performance package. For 2019, the Q7 has two force-fed power plants to choose from mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, all sitting atop five-link independent suspension, front and back and permanent all-wheel-drive. In a straight line, the Q7 offers ample performance, especially in the more powerful V6 guise, and manages to get from zero-to-sixty miles per hour in 5.7 seconds; it can manage a top speed of 130 mph - not bad for a family SUV that weighs almost 5,000 pounds. Unlike other cars in the midsize luxury SUV class, the Q7 proves to be surprisingly capable in terms of handling but proves most comfortable on the open road. Thanks to a selection of powerful engines and Audi's legendary quattro system, the turbocharged four-cylinder can tow up to 4,400 lbs and the V6 can manage a hefty 7,700 lbs.

2019 Audi Q7 Front View Driving
2019 Audi Q7 Rear View Driving
2019 Audi Q7 3.0L V6 Engine

Engine and Transmission

The U.S. market gets to pick from two engines for 2019. The first, and least powerful, is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque and does an impressive job at moving the Q7 from zero to sixty in seven seconds. Fully loaded with passengers and cargo, the 2.0-liter struggles slightly but still proves to be a perfectly capable engine for light travelers and city dwellers who only need to do morning and afternoon school runs. The supercharged V6, on the other hand, gives the Q7 a serious kick in the pants. It produces 329 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, making the Q7 one of the quickest cars in its class, getting to the 60 mph mark in just 5.7 seconds. The V6 broadens the Q7's range of capabilities by allowing it to tow heavier loads and making highway cruising and overtaking an effortless affair. Both powertrains are mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The 2019 Audi Q7 shines out on the road by offering first-class road-holding and handling. Like many of its siblings, the Q7 feels lighter than its curb weight would suggest. Steering is responsive for a mid-size SUV and thanks to that quattro system, handling can be described as inspiring of confidence and bordering on pleasurable. One thing worth noting is how quiet the Q7 is on the road; road noise is almost nonexistent and really adds to the silky-smooth ride and luxurious feeling. The optional adaptive air suspension takes things to a whole other level and turns the Q7 into one of the most comfortable cars to drive. Period. Put simply, the Q7 offers class-leading road-holding characteristics and strikes a superb balance between comfort and dynamic handling, which not many SUVs of its ilk can lay claim to.

Q7 Gas Mileage

Compared to class competitors like BMW's X5 and the Volvo XC90, the Audi Q7's fuel consumption is a little higher than most, although not by much. What's interesting is that both the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the bigger, more powerful supercharger V6 use the exact same amount of fuel, making the V6 the obvious choice for new owners who aren't too sensitive over the near $4,000 price hike. Both powertrain configurations return EPA estimates of 19/25/21 mpg for city/highway/combined cycles. The X5 will see 20/26/22 mpg and the Volvo XC90 gets 21/29/24 mpg for the same cycles, which are somewhat more desirable. Still, the Audi Q7 comes equipped with a 22.5-gallon fuel tank, giving it an estimated range of 473 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    22.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/25 mpg
* 2019 Audi Q7 2.0T Premium Plus quattro AWD

Q7 Interior

The Q7's nondescript, almost generic, exterior hides a stunning secret; a luxurious cocoon of premium materials and tech features that is about as good as you're going to get in this price range - even higher up the price ladder. The main focus of the interior is long-distance comfort, and Audi has spent their time very effectively making the inside of the Q7 match its class-leading ride comfort. A well-thought-out and cleanly designed interior layout blends functionality and beautiful design, and even in the base model, the tech features and infotainment system impresses. Top tech is reserved for the higher-priced trim levels; Audi's brilliant Virtual Cockpit display, for instance, only make an appearance on the mid-level Premium Plus.

2019 Audi Q7 Dashboard
2019 Audi Q7 Driver Seat
2019 Audi Q7 Rear Passenger Seats
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Seating and Interior Space

The Q7 is a true seven-seater and gets three rows of seat space. As with other cars in the midsize SUV class, the third row of seats can be folded flat (an electrically powered procedure in the Q7 for added convenience) to open up some extra cargo space. The middle row can also fold flat, but is a bit more labor-intensive to effect. The Q7's interior dimensions are akin to those found in the Acura MDX and even in the Volvo XC90. Headroom starts at 39.9-inches for front passengers and declines to 38.8-inches for the middle row, and 35.9-inches for the third. The Q7 offers slightly more legroom for the front passengers in comparison to main competitors, but significantly less for third-row passengers. All seats across the range are covered in high-quality leather and are heated and power-adjustable in the front. The Q7's seats offer good support and excellent comfort; perfect for long-distance cruising.

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Interior materials on the Q7 have a tangibly superior quality that other automakers can't beat. Even on the base 2.0T model, the Diamond Silver and Terra Brown Walnut wood inserts look and feel like they belong in something with a higher price tag. The base trim gets the optional Diamond Silver and Gray Oak inserts. Standard on the 3.0T is a high-gloss and Gray Oak wood insert, but you can opt for a high-gloss Black and Brown Walnut look too. The top-spec Prestige trim gets an Aluminium and natural Sycamore finish, which truly epitomizes class and luxury. You also get to choose from six different colors of leather ranging from the classic Black or Gray, all the way to exotics like Nougat Brown, Murillo Brown or Pistachio Beige.

Q7 Trunk and Cargo Space

Rear cargo space is limited by the third-row seats, as is the case in most seven-seaters. It measures 14.2 cubic feet which - to put it in context - is about as big as the A4's trunk. The power liftgate opens up to a gaping rear aperture with a low liftover, which means that you won't have any trouble packing and unpacking large and unwieldy items, particularly with air suspension equipped that can lower the Q7 for loading purposes. The third row is easily flattened thanks to a powered switch, and more than doubles the usable cargo space to 35.7 cubic feet. In this layout, you'll be able to fit enough luggage for a week-long vacation; it is equally suitable for school bags and groceries. Getting the second row to fold flat is a bit more old-school as it requires actual physical input. Once the seats are down though, cargo space is once again nearly doubled with 69.9 cubic feet available.

Internal storage sadly falls behind that of rivals. The cupholders present throughout the cabin err on the small side, as do the center console storage options. The Glovebox is mediocre, likewise the four door pockets. Front occupants will want more space than what the Q7 provides.

2019 Audi Q7 Trunk Space with Seat Folded
2019 Audi Q7 Maximum Cargo Space
2019 Audi Q7 Trunk Space

Q7 Infotainment and Features

Features

The features list, including all the optional extras on the Q7, is rather extensive, and even on the baby 2.0T, Audi hasn't skimped on tech in the least. For 2019, Audi has made satellite navigation standard across the range. It is also fitted with leather and wood covered upholstery, Bluetooth, power-adjustable and heated front seats, a massive powered sunroof, as well as front and rear collision warning tech. The Premium Plus trim takes things to the next level: standard LED headlights and interior lights, an improved sound system, and power-adjustable steering are some of the enhancements on this trim. The pinnacle of Q7 luxury can be found in the Prestige spec car; bigger wheels, doors that automatically open and close, seats that massage the stresses of being a CEO right out the window, and an Alcantara headliner that borders on Bentley-level opulence. Audi's Pre Sense Plus collision avoidance systems reduce the stress of driving, while the Virtual Cockpit display on higher trims gives the Q7 a futuristic edge over the competition.

Infotainment

The infotainment system found in the 2019 Q7 is a joy to use. Audi Calls it MMI, and it certainly does have that classic German-engineered feeling to it: precise, detailed and smooth-functioning. The centrally mounted cog controls the menu navigation, and a large trackpad placed in front of it can recognize your handwriting which helps with navigation inputs and phone calls. The MMI display screen is 8.3-inches in size across the range and uses Audi's smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto integration. Audi's 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit system is stunningly crisp and intuitive to use but is only available on the Premium Plus and Prestige trim cars.

The base model features a ten-speaker Audi sound-system with a single CD player and MP3 playback capability. From the mid-range Premium Plus trim, this is upgraded to a nineteen-speaker Bose 3D surround-sound system with an amplifier and advanced staging technology.

Q7 Problems and Reliability

The second-generation Q7 has had a total of five recalls since 2016. The recalls range from interior trim defects to more serious issues related to airbag deployment. The latest recall was issued in February 2019 and is due to a defect in the Q7's shock absorbers where cracks can develop along the shaft, impairing the steering. Only 32 units were affected according to Audi USA. 2016 saw the most recalls for the Q7, some of the more serious of which relate to a faulty seatbelt pretensioner that affected 2017 models, a software defect that causes the airbags to deploy with excessive force, and finally, a fuel pump fault that could lead to fuel leaks.

The 2019 Q7 earned a three out of five on the JD Power Predicted Reliability rating. Audi backs the Q7 with a basic four-year/50,000-mile warranty, a four-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty as well as a four-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan.

Q7 Safety

The IIHS gave the 2019 Audi Q7 the best available score of Good in six out of six crash tests, while also awarding the collision avoidance features the best possible rating of Superior. The NHTSA gave the Q7 an overall safety rating of five out of five.

Key Safety Features

With superb safety scores that echo the Q7's long list of standard safety features, this SUV has everything needed to keep even the most paranoid of moms happy. Standard safety intervention on the 2019 Q7 includes automated emergency braking, forward collision warning, and parking assistance with front and rear acoustic sensors. Traction control and ABS is a given on a car of this caliber. Unfortunately, though, you'll have to cough up for the top-end safety gear: the Premium Plus adds side and rear collision prevention to the safety features list, which includes lane-keep assistance and blind-spot warning. A top-view camera system is another addition that comes in handy when you're parked in a tight spot. The Prestige is equipped with a comprehensive list: adaptive cruise control that starts and stops autonomously in traffic, traffic sign recognition, high beam automation, and active lane assist. Standard on all is a full suite of seven airbags, with the option to add rear seat side airbags for second-row passengers.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Audi Q7 a good SUV?

The 2019 Audi Q7 is on par with most rivals, and in some areas - much better. The exterior is a subjective topic, but the 2019 Q7 manages to look fresh thanks to some updated wheel designs and LED headlights and a timeless (albeit safe) design. The interior is class-leading in terms of the generous use of quality materials and excellent fit and finish. It drives better than most cars on the road as well, and with the optional air suspension fitted, it is almost unbeatable when it comes to handling and smoothing out road textures. Both engine choices offer good performance but the V6 should be your first choice; it turns the Q7 into a sports-car-SUV-hybrid of sorts. Additionally, it uses the same amount of fuel as the 2.0-liter powerplant. Cargo space and interior room isn't the best in class but is competitive, adequate and allows for comfort to remain a priority. The power-folding third-row seats make access to extra cargo space easy and hassle-free, and tethering car-seats is a breeze. The 2019 Q7 offers good value for money if you avoid the more expensive options.

What's the Price of the 2019 Audi Q7?

The 2019 Q7 starts at an MSRP of $53,550 for the base-line 2.0T Premium. The 3.0T Premium will set you back $59,950. For the mid-range Premium Plus, a starting price of $56,900 for the 2.0T can be expected, which climbs to $63,300 to equip the bigger 3.0T engine. The top-spec Prestige will set you back $68,700. All prices exclude a $995 destination fee.

In comparison, the BMW X5 has a basic MSRP of $61,695 for the entry-level model, with the Volvo XC90 being a more affordable option at $48,195 entry-spec and $62,350 for their top of the line trim.

2019 Audi Q7 Models

Audi offers the 2019 Q7 in three trim packages; Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Both the 2.0T and 3.0T are available in Premium and Premium Plus spec, while the Prestige is V6-only.

The standard features on the Premium consist of 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps, heated and power-adjustable front seats, climate control, leather seats, and a panoramic moonroof. On the tech side, the Premium features Audi's 8.3-inch MMI infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto integration. Front and rear pre-collision warning and parking assistance also come as standard.

The Premium Plus makes use of Audi's virtual cockpit technology that incorporates a large 12.3-inch display into the dashboard. Full LED headlights, larger wheels, and an upgraded Bose sound system are some of the other features worth highlighting.

At the top of the range, the Prestige Q7 is equipped with all the safety features available, most notably adaptive cruise control with automatic start and stop functionality, lane assist, auto-dimming headlights, and a head-up display system.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0T Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$53,550
2.0T Premium Plus
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$53,550
3.0T Prestige
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$59,950
3.0T Premium
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$59,950
3.0T Premium Plus
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$59,950
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Additional Packages

The Convenience package is the highlight of the Q7's options bundles; it costs $850 and gets you wireless phone charging, fancy folding mirrors and more importantly, side and rear pre-collision safety tech.

Other notable options include the all-weather package for $750 that adds rugged, rubber floor mats, a heated steering wheel and heated seats for the back seat passengers.

Prestige trim buyers can opt for a $5,650 Luxury package that replaces the lower-end cloth headliner with Alcantara leather, and swaps out the basic leather seats for sport-contoured seats with Valcona trim.

Finally, the $4,000 adaptive chassis package is a good one; you get the excellent adaptive air suspension setup as well as four-wheel steering, which puts the Q7 streets ahead of any competitor in terms of driving and handling.

What Audi Q7 Model Should I Buy?

The 2019 Audi Q7 is a good value proposition if you're in the market for a midsize luxury SUV. It offers high levels of luxury, safety, and performance and in some cases feels like it belongs in a higher price bracket. If you're looking for the best value for money, the 3.0T Premium Plus should be your first choice. For an extra $3,350 over the price of the entry-level model 3.0T Premium, you get a vastly improved infotainment system, added safety technology and a number of small touches that result in a car that is good at almost everything it does. For the price, nothing else in its class can come close. We'd avoid the 2.0T engine, regardless of the trim chosen, as for the small increase in price, the V6 proffers better performance with no compromise in fuel economy.

2019 Audi Q7 Comparisons

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2019 Audi Q7 vs BMW X5

Although the base model BMW X5 is a good $6,000 dollars more than that of the Audi Q7, it is a worthy comparison by virtue of the fact that both German powerhouses offer strong performance, luxurious cabins, and up-to-date onboard technology in an SUV setup. The BMW offers a more powerful engine and better performance figures, as well as gas mileage that is one mile per gallon more impressive than what the Audi Q7 manages in most driving conditions. However, the X5 in either of its configurations only seats five passengers as standard and third-row seating, while optional, is even more cramped than what the Q7 offers. Although the X5 boasts a total redesign for 2019, the Q7 remains the better choice in terms of value-for-money features, space, and practicality.

See BMW X5 Review

2019 Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

With the rebirth of exciting Volvo designs in the last few years, the XC90 makes a compelling case for itself as a premium SUV. Bold, attractive design outshines the almost bland look of the Q7, and with a superior, high-quality interior, it really presents as a worthy opponent for the Q7. The infotainment system on the Volvo has been found wanting by some buyers, with the MMI technology of the Q7 preferable in terms of ease-of-use and intuitiveness. Although both vehicles have similar engine performance figures (the Volvo at 250 hp over the 248 hp of the Q7 in base-model comparison), the Volvo does produce much better fuel economy: 21/29/24 mpg as opposed to the 19/25/21 mpg of the Audi. Cargo space is also substantially more impressive in the Volvo. Still, when it comes right down to the basics of driving pleasure, it is the Audi that stands out with its superior handling and more sophisticated ride comfort.

See Volvo XC90 Review

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