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Audi Q7 ranks on top among luxurious SUVs. Our review is based on analysis of 82 published reviews and test drives. The new 2010 Audi Q7 has an elegant design, spacious cargo room and lots of safety features. However, due to its low fuel economy and high price, there are plenty of other vehicles that offer more for the money. Audi Q7 is a luxury family SUV, offering excellent safety features, seven passenger seating, and luxurious interior to meet your needs.

Audi Q7 excellent built quality and luxurious smart looking interior makes it a solid choice for seven passenger luxury SUV. However, it is not the quickest or roomiest crossover. Unless you purchase the turbo diesel model, but it doesn’t offer the same value as other competitors. It is also the most expensive vehicle in the class and with a poor fuel economy. The turbo diesel model fuel economy almost tops all other SUVs of the same class with 17 mpg city and 25 mpg on highway, but it also costs $4000 more than other Q7 models. It is also environment friendly car with environmentally progressive nature.

You can find the other competitors with much lower price like Lexus RX 350, which starts at about $9000 less. The new 2010 model of Audi Q7 receives few alterations like exterior styling, new version multi media interface (MMI) it controls the entertainment system in Q7. Audi Q7 is available in several trims like Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. It has also power-train options, turbo diesel powered TDI, V6 and V8 Engines. All models come standard with All Wheel Drive features.



Average Paid: $46,714 – $60,492, MSRP: $46,900 – $61,000, Invoice: $43,617 – $56,730

Audi Q7 Ratings


Audi Q7 Performance: 4.0 (Very Good)

Audi Q7 Exterior: 4.5 (Excellent)

Audi Q7 Interior: 4.0 (Very Good)

Audi Q7 Safety: 4.9 (Excellent)

Audi Q7 Reliability: 3.0 (Average)

Performance & Acceleration


Audi Q7 offers adequate performance for the price, but many reviewers are not happy with its heavy curb weight. Q7 offers 3.6 liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 4.2 liter V8 with 350 horsepower both are paired with automatic transmission. Last year Audi introduced turbo diesel powered 3.0 liter V6 TDI with 221 horsepower. The diesel engine is liked by many reviewers because it sounds and performs like a gasoline engine. The base V6 engine is still criticized for sluggish acceleration. Fuel economy of both engines is below par, V6 engine achieves 14 mpg city and 19 mpg on highway. On the other hand, V8 model achieves 13 mpg in city and 18 mpg on the highway. The turbo diesel model is much impressive in the fuel economy with 17 mpg in city and 25 mpg on the highway, but you have to pay more for diesel model. The handling of Q7 is about average due to its hefty weight. Its size and weight make it difficult to manage the parking lot maneuvers.

Interior & Exterior


Reviewers are happy with a high level of versatile cargo space. The seven seat Q7 has a large exterior and enough room inside too. First and second rows are praised by the reviewers, but the third row is barely even accommodating small children. Leather upholstery is standard in the car.

The other standard interior features include heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a power tailgate, a six-disc CD changer, and Bluetooth capability. Audi Q7 provides 10.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is quite large for three row vehicle. Audi Q7 provides 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space with 2nd and 3rd row folded down.

Exterior is like a beast looking and likes by most of the reviewers, but some reviewers criticized the heavy and bulky styling.

Safety & Reliability


Audi Q7 receives 5 stars for driver and passenger safety in frontal crash, and it is the safest car to drive. It also receives 4 star rollover score in single vehicle crash, which is pretty good. Audi Q7 comes standard with front and driver seat airbags, head curtain airbags for all three seating rows. There are other safety features available as an option like rear side airbags for second-row outboard occupants for $350.

Audi Q7 comes with 4 years or 50,000 mile basic warranty (whichever comes first). It also comes with 24-hours road side assistance service for 4 years and one free scheduled maintenance service on 5,000 miles or 12 months.

**Rankings Explained


4.5-5.0 (Excellent)

4.0-4.5 (Very Good)

3.5-4.0 (Good)

3.0-3.5 (Average)

Below 3.0 (Poor)


About the author: Ahmad Wali


Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter


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