Audi Q7 Review
The 2015 Audi Q7 ranks 8 out of 9 Luxury Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Audi Q7, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2015 Audi Q7 is ranked:
The 2015 Audi Q7 has first-rate cabin materials and powerful engine choices, but its handling is cumbersome and cargo and interior space are limited, reviewers say.
With a powerful supercharged V6 engine, the base 2015 Audi Q7 offers brisk acceleration for highway passing, test drivers agree. Reviewers say a more powerful optional supercharged V6 delivers even stronger power, and the available turbodiesel engine offers the best fuel economy estimates in the lineup and impressive power delivery. With 16/22 mpg city/highway, the Q7 earns good fuel economy estimates for the class. Additionally, the diesel-powered Q7 earns even better estimates of 19/28 mpg city/highway. Most critics agree that the 2015 Q7 feels ponderous in turns and is difficult to maneuver in small spaces. Still, a few think it has communicative steering and handles adequately for its size. Some test drivers say the Q7’s brakes are strong, but don’t stop the Q7 smoothly.
The 2015 Audi Q7 has a luxurious interior that’s comprised of top-notch materials, reviewers agree. Still, a few automotive journalists think the Q7’s cabin styling is due for an update. According to critics, the first two rows have plenty of comfortable space, but the third row only has enough room to accommodate children. The Audi Q7 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker stereo system, satellite radio, Bluetooth and rear parking sensors. Options include four-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, Audi’s MMI infotainment system with navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system and a choice of Bose or Bang & Olufsen stereo systems. Some test drivers think the 2015 Q7’s MMI infotainment system is user-friendly and features straightforward menus, but others say the system has a steep learning curve compared to the systems found in rivals like the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The Q7 has 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear rows folded. That’s below average for the class, and critics agree that the space feels notably small for an SUV of the Q7’s size. Still, a few reviewers say the Q7’s low load floor makes loading cargo easier.
- "The main demerits are sub-par cargo space and 3rd-row room, and interior trim that doesn't quite live up to the high standards we've come to expect from an Audi." -- Consumer Guide
- “The Audi Q7 is a big vehicle, and if you don't need all that size, you might be happier with something smaller, like Audi's own Q5. On the other hand, the small rear seat and cargo area might make you want to step up to something like a Mercedes-Benz GL-Class." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The aging 2014 Audi Q7 remains a stylish and competent seven-passenger luxury crossover, but its newer rivals are generally more appealing." -- Edmunds (2014)
Other SUVs to Consider
The two-row Lexus RX 350 is praised for its comfortable, roomy back seat and well-constructed cabin. Test drivers also like its cushy ride. Additionally, the RX 350 has more cargo space than the Q7.
Reviewers are impressed with the Acura MDX’s powerful V6 engine, which they say produces quick highway acceleration. They also like its roomy, three-row cabin and comfortable seats. Additionally, the MDX earns great fuel economy estimates and has a lower starting price than the Q7.
Details: 2015 Audi Q7
The 2015 Audi Q7 seats seven and has standard all-wheel drive. A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. A more powerful supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine are available. The Q7 is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The Q7 was introduced in 2009 and was updated for the 2011 model year. Since it sees few changes for 2015, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2015 model years.