2017 Audi Q7 3.0T: Back from a One Year Redesign and Looking Good

Published: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 10:16 PM

2017audiq7475After taking a year off for a complete redesign the Audi Q7 is back and better than ever. With a refreshed outside, larger inside, improved tech and turbocharged engine there are even more reasons to give the Q7 a closer look.

Even though the Q7 is Audi’s largest crossover, it is a dream to drive and it almost drives itself! Using cameras and sensors the Q7 can maintain speed and distance from cars in front, it can stay in its lane and slows before turning and can read speed limits and adjust its speed to match. Kind of freaky, but great when you get used to it.

Available in three trims, Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, the 2017 Audi Q7 is a seven-passenger full-sized SUV. The review will focus on the Premium Plus trim.

2017 Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium 4Dr AWD SUVThe Premium Plus features the navigation system, keyless entry and ignition, auto-dimming side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, side exit warnings, a power-adjustable steering wheel and interior ambient lighting. Options include the Vision package of LED headlights, a configurable gauge-cluster display and a surround-view camera system and the Warm Weather package of four-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats and manual rear window sunshades. Both of these options were included on my test vehicle.

Powering the Q7 is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes the Q7 fly down the road with 333 horses and 325 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. With the V6 expect to get 19/city, 25/highway, and 21/combined MPG.

The interior is beautifully appointed with a posh trim and excellent materials. Gauges are easy to read due to the sharp resolution. Working the technology is easy with any one of three different methods, dial controller, touchpad, or steering wheel controls.

Seating up front is comfortable due to the ample leg and headroom and cushy seats. Second-row passengers will be pleased, as there is plenty of head and legroom there too. The seats even slide and recline. Third row seating is not bad but should be reserved for kids or small adults. With all the seats up cargo space is 14.8 cubic feet. It grows to 37.5 cubic feet with the third row seats down and 71.6 cubic feet with all the seats flattened.

The Q7 is luxurious in every way including the drive, but it does not come at the expense of quick acceleration and nimble steering. With the V6 turbocharged engine the Q7 flies down the road and takes the turns like a smaller vehicle.

Need an SUV but want the whole package? Give the 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T quattro tiptronic a test drive.