With room for seven, a supercharged V6 and six different suspension settings, the newly redesigned 2017 Audi Q7 is poised to put a crater in the thought process of anyone who thought of an SUV as a mundane family hauler. Straying from the dated SUV formula of the previous Q7 was a big gamble for Audi. After logging hundreds of miles in the new 2017 model though, it’s safe to say that the gamble is going to pay off – big time.
2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Exterior:
With six years between the outgoing Q7 and the all-new 2017 model, it’s no secret that Audi took their time during the design process. More crossover than full size SUV in appearance, the new Q7 looks far more capable on-road, than off. A massive aluminum trimmed grille encompasses the front end, while adaptive LED headlights and integrated lower driving lights help in adding some aggression.
Numbers will tell you that this Q7 is a tad smaller than its predecessor, however a high beltline and massive rear doors denote something different. Brushed metal trim on the lower door panel’s lead the eye towards the power tailgate and a lower rear bumper that houses twin chrome exhaust tips. Up top sits a panoramic moonroof that’s flanked by nicely styled rood rails, while a large rear spoiler shades the upper portion of the rear window.
In a strange way the new Q7 has a split personality. The optional Prestige Package for instance outfits the Q7 with large 20” 10-spoke alloy wheels wearing 285/45 all-season rubber, while the Adaptive Chassis package integrates true four-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension. This means when the Q7 is set in Dynamic mode (its lowest suspension setting) it gives off the feeling of a performance crossover. Set it for off-road use though and the suspension rises up and allows those large wheels and tires to visually transform it into a mean looking, go anywhere machine.
2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Interior:
Audi has always done a wonderful job crafting interiors and the new Q7 is no exception. Nougat Brown leather seating surfaces with contrasting High-gloss Black/Terra Brown Walnut Wood inlays on the dash and door panels give off an air of quality and luxury. There is room for seven, however the power foldaway third row seats may be tight for adults. Front and rear passengers are treated to loads of room with the front seats offering up power adjustability, heat and ventilation. Second row seats are fitted with a manual recline feature and heat. The Q7 also offers 4-Zone climate control, a feature that our rear seat passengers fell in love with.
Storage space is ample with 14.8 / 37.5 / 71.6 cubic feet available with the rear seat backs up/folded. Accessing cargo has also been made easier by the usage of electronically folding third row seats and an adjustment that actually lowers the Q7s air suspension to accommodate easy loading and unloading.
While the fit, finish and materials are all first rate, it must be said that its the virtual cockpit that sets the Q7 apart from the competition. A 12.3-inch TFT LCD display replaces any analog style gauges from the past. It’s fully customizable and once configured by the driver, keeps all the Q7s vital information front and center. A retractable 8.3-inch screen housing Audi’s MMI interface also accompanies this amazing piece of tech. It’s intuitive and treats both driver and passengers alike to vehicle settings, navigation, audio, suspension modes and external applications.
2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Performance:
Under the hood is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 333-hp and 325 lb-ft of torque through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Quattro all-wheel drive means that acceleration is abrupt and massive 14.8-inch ventilated discs up front (13.8 rear) with large calipers are capable of bringing the 4,938-pound Q7 to a stop with authority. With adjustable air suspension (when equipped with the Prestige Package), one is also able to tailor the ride quality of the Q7 to suit their driving needs.
This is not a small or svelte vehicle, far from it. Yet Audi has managed to incorporate some wonderful driving dynamics into the Q7 by using the latest and greatest in technology and a six-mode suspension (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Allroad, Off-Road, and Individual). Comfort Mode for instance will remind one of taking a ride in Grandpa’s ’72 Eldorado, while Dynamic Mode drops the Q7 down on its haunches letting one run down their favorite back road. What we didn’t expect was a skidpad rating of 0.85 g. This is a number that’s not only impressive, but achievable thanks to stellar chassis dynamics and the Q7’s four-wheel steering. Remember, this is a full-size SUV that weighs just under 5,000-pounds, so making it fight physics the way it does was impressive. EPA rated mileage numbers are pretty good with the Q7 delivering 25-mpg** highway, 19-mpg** city and 21-mpg** in combined driving.
2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Safety:
The 2017 Audi Q7 was rated a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With Quattro all-wheel drive, multiple airbags, antilock brakes, 4-wheel steering, active and passive rollover protection (to name a few features), the Q7 was designed to not only get you where you need to go, but keep you and your occupants safe along the way.
2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Overall:
With a starting price of $54,800.00* the 2017 Audi Q7 is actually quite attainable for those wanting to get into a full-size German made SUV. However start adding features like the Prestige Package ($9,500), the Adaptive Chassis Package ($4,000) and the Driver Assistance Package ($2,400) and the price will steadily rise. Our tester was equipped with all of these and more and came in at $72,875.00, a price that’s on par with offerings from the competition when similarly equipped. Keep in mind though, that for that price you’re not only getting a full-size SUV with the latest technology available, but you’re getting a machine that will also satisfy the driving enthusiast in all of us. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealership to test drive one yourself.
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*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $72,875.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.