Crafting a full-size SUV into something that’s pleasurable to drive isn’t as easy as it sounds. You’ve got to think about size, safety, power and options, as well as a host of other items that will hopefully make it appeal to consumers. And while there’s no shortage of these leviathans on our roads, it’s standouts like this 2018 Audi Q7 that are slowly rewriting the playbook on how to properly evolve the full-size SUV for the modern world.
For the full 2018 Audi Q7 review, specs, pricing and data read on…
2018 Audi Q7 2.0T Quattro Tiptronic Exterior
With a wheelbase of 117.9 inches and a total overall length of 199.6 inches, our Graphite Gray Metallic 2018 Audi Q7 2.0T is a pretty substantial vehicle. However where many full-size SUVs in the class have opted for beefy add-ons to persuade consumers into thinking they’re something they’re not, the Q7 instead employs elegant lines to showcase that it’s better suited to on-road duties than venturing where the tarmac ends.
The 2.0 TSFI is the base model of the Q7 fleet and truth-be-told, may just be the best-kept secret. A large aluminum trimmed grille is flanked by LED headlights with daytime running lights, and serves as the focal point for the front end. Then there’s the subtle use of brushed metal and high-gloss black trim around the windows. Sculpted roof rails then lead the eye rearward to an integrated spoiler located atop the power tailgate while a unique rear bumper treatment houses twin exhaust tips.
The 18-inch five-arm-design alloy wheels sporting large 255-60 all-season tires should also be noted, as not only do those big sidewalls improve ride quality, but they’re a nice departure from the oversized wheels that many full size SUVs have become known for.
2018 Audi Q7 2.0T Quattro Tiptronic Interior
Basic, straightforward and clean – that’s how Audi does interiors. With black leather seating surfaces and walnut wood inlays on the dash and door panels, our Q7 was a bit tame from others we’ve tested. There was no crosshatch stitching or carbon fiber, but instead a usable cabin that was designed for comfort and utility. As the companies largest offering, the Q7 offers room for up to seven passengers, thanks in part to the electronically collapsible third row seats. Our tester included black leather surfaces with heat and ventilation up front, along with four-zone climate control and heated second row surfaces to ensure passenger comfort. For those wanting to get away, storage space is cavernous, with 14.8, 37.5 and 71.6 cubic feet available, depending on how many of the seats you fold.
And while the fit and finish were first rate, it was the virtual cockpit that set the Q7 apart from the competition. A 12.3-inch TFT LCD display replaces traditional analog style gauges. 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 set center dash, also accompanies this. It’s intuitive and treats both driver and passengers alike to vehicle settings, navigation, audio, suspension modes and external applications.
2018 Audi Q7 2.0T Quattro Tiptronic Performance
Technology aside, it’s the 2.0L turbocharged I4 that lives under the hood that really impressed us. With 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, one would think that the 4,707-pound Q7 might be a bit sluggish. However, with a zero-to-60 time of around seven seconds, and a towing capacity of up to 4,400-pounds, nothing could be farther from the truth. An eight-speed transmission transfers power through the Q7’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, and helps it achieve an EPA-rated 19 mpg city, 25 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in combined driving *.
Braking is accomplished by utilizing massive 14.8-inch ventilated discs up front, along with 13.8-inch discs in the rear. Both wear large calipers and are capable of bringing the Q7 to a stop with authority. A six-mode suspension system (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Allroad, Off-Road, and Individual) that allows one to configure the Q7 to their own unique driving style helps to inspire confidence under a variety of conditions.
Lastly, for a cabin with such a vast amount of cargo space, the Q7 is not only remarkably quiet at speed, but also offers great outward visibility, which helps in limiting fatigue.
2018 Audi Q7 2.0T Quattro Tiptronic Safety
The 2018 Audi Q7 was rated a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With Quattro all-wheel drive, multiple airbags, anti-lock brakes, four-wheel steering, active and passive rollover protection, the Q7 was designed to not only get you where you need to go, but keep you and your occupants safe along the way.
2018 Audi Q7 2.0T Quattro Tiptronic Overall
Those looking for a premium SUV would serve themselves well by looking into a 2018 Audi Q7 equipped with the 2.0T inline-four. It’s a full-size SUV that checks all the luxury and performance boxes without being ostentatious, and while it can be optioned with just about every bell and whistle known to man, this particular model showcases that sometimes, less is indeed more.
Drop by your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealer today to check one out!
*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 $62,100.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.