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Overview (Final Score: B)

The 2017 Audi Q7 is a fully redesigned version of a popular luxury crossover. Sitting in the three-row segment, this new Q7 is a great blend of German excellence and American family needs. The Q7 offers an excellent blend of versatility, comfort and fun driving.

The changes to the Q7 are numerous and all for the better. Two engine options top those updates, including a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a powerful supercharged six. All-wheel drive is standard and a host of safety and driver’s aid technologies are also standard or on offer.

We like the simple Germanic look that the Q7 sports and the faster pace its design and drive dynamic offer. Families will appreciate the ease of use for the back seating and the occasional-use third row when children bring friends. Cargo in the Q7 is a bit limited, but usable for the most part.

The Q7 hits top ratings for safety and offers great fuel economy to go with its sporty drive appeal. This is definitely not just another boring family machine.

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What We Love About the 2017 Audi Q7:

  • Beautiful exterior look and great interior dynamic
  • Excellent engine choices offering power and economy
  • Top shelf safety technology and scores

 

What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Audi Q7:

  • Limited cargo space compared to rivals
  • Low reliability expectation with a lot of recalls
  • Odd infotainment control positioning for some users

 

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Performance (10/10)

The Q7 is a sizable crossover, but is relatively lightweight for its bulk. When powered by the new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, the turbos give the engine more than enough power to move the Q7 around nicely. The 2.0 outputs 252 horsepower and 273 foot pounds of torque.

Those wanting more power will gravitate to the supercharged V6 option, which displaces three liters. The 3.0L puts out an impressive 333 hp and 325 lb-ft. Towing with this engine is rated at up to 7,700 pounds, when equipped.

The 2017 Audi Q7 comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, no matter the engine choice. This transmission shifts quietly and seamlessly and both engines are quiet and unobtrusive except when pressed into fast action.

Handling in the Q7 is nimble and fast-paced, but not so hard with sport that it’s not comfortable as well. Maneuverability is excellent, especially with the good visibility the Q7’s design allows, and the added driver aids are a nice bonus. The Q7 is definitely one of the sportier crossovers in the luxury segment.

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Pricing and Value (8/10)

Value is rather subjective in the luxury segments, but with a high starting price some may think that the 2017 Q7 is not a good option. That might seem so on paper, but sales figures show that it’s one of a very few in the luxury crossover segment that’s seeing a sales gain for 2017. The base price in the Q7 is high, but it comes with a lot of things included and that entry level is far lower than some competitors and is only just slightly above the class average.

Most buyers will likely find themselves in the $55,000 area when buying the 2017 Q7, but it will be very well equipped for that. The lower-cost 4-cylinder options are a good buy and should retain value well, but the supercharged V6 will definitely hold value better despite its significantly higher price point. We recommend the Premium or Premium Plus packages for their good mix of pricing and amenities, and the big V6 with its higher resale value.

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Total Score and Competitive Comparison (68/80, 85%)

The luxury three-row crossover segment is rife with competition for the all-new Q7.

The Porsche Cayenne is far spendier than the Q7, but is also much sportier and has a surprisingly efficient hybrid option. The BMW X5 is also solid competition for the Audi and has a great plug-in hybrid as well. The Lexus RX 350 is a good choice (again, with a hybrid option), but doesn’t fare well against the Audi Q7 in terms of usability and performance. For those wanting a pure plug-in option, the Tesla Model X also competes with the Q7, though we note that battery-electrics do have some big downsides for some buyers.

In all, the 2017 Audi Q7 is an excellent luxury crossover that offers a lot of versatility and usefulness in a beautiful package that is fun to drive. It’s a top pick in the luxury crossover segment and well worth putting on the short list of options.

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