2020 Audi Q7

2020 Audi Q7
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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.

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2020 Audi Q7 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 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

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.

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2020 Audi Q7 Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Premium 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Prestige 55 TFSI quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Premium 55 TFSI quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Premium Plus 55 TFSI quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
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2020 Q7 Exterior

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2020 Audi Q7 Front View
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  • 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
  • Curb Weight 4,784.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Vicuna Beige Metallic +$595
  • Florett Silver Metallic +$595
  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Barrel Brown Metallic +$595
  • Galaxy Blue Metallic +$595
  • Navarra Blue Metallic +$595
  • Orca Black Metallic +$595
  • Samurai Gray Metallic +$595
  • Carrara White
  • Night Black

2020 Q7 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

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

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.

2020 Q7 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

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

2020 Q7 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 Q7 Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

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 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

Audi Q8
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi Q7261 hp19/25 mpg$59,500
BMW X5 375 hp23/27 mpg$65,200
Audi Q8 335 hp17/23 mpg$73,700

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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