2019 Q7 New Car Test Drive
The Audi Q7 is a luxury crossover that seats seven, in three rows of seats. The first two rows deliver fabulous comfort, while the third row is sized for small passengers. In the third year of its second generation, the Q7 is very high-tech and impressively built, with features and finishes that soar above its price.
The changes for 2019 are all in equipment for the three models. Navigation now comes with the Premium trim, while the Premium Plus Trim gets Audi's Virtual Cockpit featuring a digital display, a surround-view camera system, LED headlights and taillights, and wireless phone charging. The optional 20-inch wheels get run-flat tires.
Every Q7 uses an 8-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. There are two engines, although we suggest the supercharged V-6 is a better deal than the turbocharged inline-4, because the V-6 brings much more power for the same fuel mileage.
Both engines are EPA-rated at 19 city, 25 highway, and 21 combined mpg, on premium fuel. There is an available start/stop system that shuts off the engine at stops, saving a tiny bit of fuel.
The NHTSA gives the Q7 five stars overall for safety, with four stars for forward collision and rollover risk.
The 2019 Audi Q7 comes well-equipped with active safety tech as standard, and more systems are available. With the IIHS, a 'Marginal'? headlight rating for non-LED lights keeps the Q7 from being a Top Safety Pick. In crash tests, it got the top 'Good'? ratings in every category, and a 'Superior'? for crash prevention technology..
The three models are Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Premium, starting at $53,550, is very well equipped, with leather upholstery, a 7.0-inch infotainment screen, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, wood trim, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a panoramic moonroof, power-folding third row seats, and automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warnings. Rear side airbags cost another $350.
The Virtual Cockpit system of digital instrumentation is not available on Premium Q7s.
The Premium Plus is a good value, adding the Virtual Cockpit and other desirable features like the superior LED headlamps, LED interior lighting, a surround-view camera system, and Bose speakers, for a price that's less than the base plus the cost of those features. Options include an impressive Bang & Olufsen sound system. A suite of active safety features is optional, including automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and traffic sign recognition.
The Prestige, at more than $65,000, adds 20-inch wheels, heated front seats, automatic door closers, and many other features. A Luxury package adds upgraded leather, massaging and cooled front seats, and an Alcantara headliner. Air suspension is available..