2012 Audi Q7 Review
Auto reviewers appreciate the powerful engine options and upscale interior in the 2012 Audi Q7, but say that shoppers looking for a spacious third row should look at rivals.
Test drivers agree that the 2012 Audi Q7’s engine lineup and interior quality are its strong points. Whether shoppers choose the base gas-powered V6, the sportier S line trim or the TDI diesel engine, automotive writers say they’ll be happy either way. The Q7’s smooth ride and upscale interior also receives praise from critics, saying the ride and interior combine to make the Audi Q7 an especially luxurious SUV.
However, test drivers do have some bones to pick with this German family hauler. Some say that while the Q7 is too big on the outside, it’s interior is too small. That means it’s hard to maneuver in parking lots, but its second and third rows still aren’t very accommodating for adults.
Overall, reviewers say that the Audi Q7 is a good buy for shoppers who put a priority on classy interior appointments, engine performance and capable driving manners. Otherwise, shoppers who need a useable third row or who want a less-expensive option may want to look at the Q7's competitors.
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
Like many other SUVs in its class, the Audi Q7 doesn’t offer great back seat space. The Mercedes-Benz R-Class has minivan styling, but that also means it has a minivan-sized back seat. Like the Q7, it has the option of a diesel engine, so shoppers considering the Audi Q7 TDI have another reason to test-drive the R-Class. Unfortunately, the Mercedes is a lot more expensive than the Audi, but combined, its Mercedes-Benz branding and roomy interior may make the price premium worth it.
For three-row luxury that’s more affordable than an Audi or a Mercedes-Benz, take a look at the Lincoln MKT. It costs less than the Audi Q7, and reviewers praise its third-row legroom. Plus, auto writers are impressed with its handling and acceleration. Its exterior may be polarizing, but its long list of standard interior features makes this Lincoln’s value hard to beat.
Details: Audi Q7
The 2012 Audi Q7 comes in a multitude of trims: the 3.0 T Premium, 3.0T Premium Plus, S line Prestige, TDI Premium, TDI Premium Plus and TDI Prestige. For 2012, Audi has added S line packages to both 3.0T and TDI models, which include sporty cosmetic upgrades. The 2012 Audi Q7 also gets Audi connect, an available navigation upgrade based on Google Earth that includes a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. See full 2012 Audi Q7 specs.
- "Overall, Q7 earns our nod for mechanical finesse, terrific all-weather road manners, and the fuel-frugal diesel option. Audi design and workmanship also appeal.” -- Consumer Guide
- "Driving dynamics are still impressive for the class and interior appointments are as luxurious as anything else coming from Ingolstadt these days." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Combining as it does our loves of torque, top-notch design, and brown paint, we’re crushing pretty hard on our latest long-termer. … Everyone who has driven the big four-ringer has complimented its manners, daily usability, and menacing looks." -- Car and Driver