2018 Q7 New Car Test Drive
Audi Q7 was all-new for 2017. Audi's largest luxury SUV, capable of seating seven, reached the U.S. market for the 2007 model year. A second generation debuted for 2017. Therefore, little has changed for the 2018 model year, aside from a proximity key being made standard on all versions. A Bose audio system now is included with Premium Plus trim.
In short, the 2018 Audi Q7 is entering its second year as a completely redesigned model. With its family sized interior space and impressive advanced technology, augmented by glorious ride quality, the Q7 promises just about everything you'd want in a luxury crossover.
In nearly every way, the 2018 Q7 ranks among Audi's most impressive offerings.
Two engines are available, in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, rated at 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, is standard in Premium and Premium Plus.
Choosing Prestige trim brings a supercharged 3.0-liter V6, developing 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet. The V6 is optional for lesser trim levels. An 8-speed automatic transmission couples with standard Quattro all-wheel-drive.
Even the entry-level Q7 Premium model is amply equipped. Picking the right options can transform that base Q7 into an utterly posh highway cruiser, but those extras come at a hefty price. ,One of those options, the Virtual Cockpit, is a large, configurable high-resolution screen, which takes the place of the conventional gauge cluster. Coupled with Audi's navigation system, the Virtual Cockpit can display crisply clear Google Earth maps, among other features.
In each element of crash-testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Q7 has earned admirable (Good) marks, except for assessment of its headlight function. All Q7s have a rearview camera, but a lot of the available safety technology is optional rather than standard. A Vision Package adds a surround-view camera, full LED headlights, and the Virtual Cockpit with 12.3-inch LCD screen. Side airbags for the rear seat are optional. Pre Sense City, Audi's low-speed automatic emergency braking system, can automatically apply brakes as needed, at speeds up to 52 mph. A full-speed braking system, dubbed Pre Sense Front, is part of the Driver Assistance Package for upper trim levels, which also includes adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlights.
Premium 2.0 ($49,900) comes with the four-cylinder engine, leather upholstery, heated power front seats, automatic wipers, three-zone automatic climate control, 7.0-inch infotainment screen, wood inlays, panoramic sunroof, power-folding third-row seat, and rearview camera. Premium Plus 2.0 ($53,900) adds navigation, a power-adjustable steering column, Bose surround-sound audio, and LED interior lights. Driver Assistance and Vision packages are options. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $975 destination charge.)
Premium 3.0 Supercharged V6 ($56,400) is similar to Premium 2.0, but substitutes the 333-horsepower V6 engine, and is available with Premium Plus 3.0 Supercharged V6 ($60,400) equipment. Prestige 3.0 Supercharged V6 ($65,400) includes 20-inch wheels, power soft-close doors, LED headlights, 19-speaker Bose audio, a top-view camera, four-zone climate control, and Vision Package with Virtual Cockpit. A Luxury Package for Prestige trim includes upgraded leather and ventilated front seats with massaging. An air suspension coupled with four-wheel steering is optional.