Audi Q7 Review
The 2014 Audi Q7 ranks 16 out of 18 Luxury Midsize 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 2014 Audi Q7 is ranked:
While test drivers like its fuel-efficient diesel engine option, the 2014 Audi Q7 falls short of rivals that have more cargo space and better handling.
The Q7 comes with a supercharged V6 that reviewers say provides adequate power. Still, they tend to prefer the optional engines, which include a more powerful supercharged V6 and a turbodiesel V6 that offers the best fuel economy in the lineup. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and reviewers say it shifts smoothly. Fuel economy for the base Audi Q7 is an EPA-estimated 16/22 mpg city/highway, which is not all that impressive for the class. However, the diesel model is rated at 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. While some reviewers say the Q7 has acceptable handling, many agree that it’s not as athletic as they would like. Additionally, the Q7 loses points from test drivers for its wide turning radius, which they say makes it difficult to maneuver.
Automotive critics are pleased with the 2014 Q7's tasteful interior design and high-quality cabin materials. Several reviewers say that the seven-seat Q7 has less cargo space behind the third row than other models in the class, though its overall cargo capacity is comparable with what rivals offer. Standard features include an 11-speaker stereo system, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth and dual-zone automatic climate control. Some reviewers say that Audi's optional MMI infotainment/navigation system is easy to use, while others write that it’s more complicated than infotainment systems like BMW’s iDrive. Other major options include HD Radio, a rear-seat entertainment system and either a Bose or Bang & Olufsen stereo system.
- "The aging 2014 Audi Q7 remains a stylish and competent seven-passenger luxury crossover, but its newer rivals are generally more appealing." -- Edmunds
- "In the crowded world of luxury SUVs, the 2014 Audi Q7 is truly one of a kind. Handsome, poised and polished, the Q7 not only delivers in the areas of pampering passengers and impressing the neighbors, its powerhouse engine lineup and taut handling make it joy to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "It's looking a bit dated now, but the Q7 still has many appeals. Prime among these are mechanical finesse, terrific all-weather road manners, all the standard luxuries and state-of-the-art tech features buyers expect, and the TDI model, whose near class-leading fuel economy offsets the typically higher cost of diesel fuel versus premium-grade gasoline. … 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 (2013)
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport ranks highly and is well-liked by reviewers for its strong engines and great off-road performance, as well as its nimble on-road handling. Test drivers are also smitten with its interior, saying it has an upscale appearance and is made with high-quality materials.
While it doesn't have a diesel engine option, the Acura MDX bests the diesel-powered Q7's fuel economy ratings, and reviewers say it is has fairly sporty handling for an SUV. Reviewers like the MDX's roomy cabin, and it has much more cargo space than the Q7 as well.
Details: 2014 Audi Q7
The 2014 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 turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine are optional. The Q7 comes in three trims: Premium, Premium plus and Prestige. The Q7 was introduced for the 2009 model year, and was updated for the 2011 model year. Since it sees no changes for 2014, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2014 model years.