What Car? says...
We often get asked: "What’s the best car in the world?". It’s a tricky question to answer because it depends on your priorities, but the Audi Q7 makes a pretty compelling case for itself.
Key to its appeal is its versatility. It can seat seven people in lavish comfort but has the driving manners of something much smaller and lighter. It’s a great tow car, too, and can even manage a bit of off-roading.
Yes. The Audi Q7 was the second most reliable luxury SUV aged up to five years old in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey (behind the Porsche Macan). The Q7 scored 96.6% and every car that went wrong was fixed for free. Audi as a brand did less well in the survey, finishing in 18th place out of 30 car makers and scoring 92.8%. Read more here
The Audi Q7 is not available as an electric car, but it is available as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), badged 55 TFSIe. That version produces 376bhp and can return up to 134.5mpg, with an electric-only range of up to 34 miles on a full battery charge. The PHEV BMW X5 has a longer range (54 miles, officially), making it cheaper to run as a company car than the Q7. Read more here
Our favourite engine for the Audi Q7 is the 3.0-litre petrol, badged 55 TFSI, which has gutsy acceleration and good refinement. We recommend the S line trim because it introduces supportive leather sports seats that help make the Q7 one of the comfiest luxury SUVs available. Read more here
The Audi Q7 S line adds sporty styling tweaks, larger 20in alloy wheels and supportive leather seats to the cheaper Q7 Sport. Whichever of the two trims you choose, you get air suspension, seven seats and dual-zone climate control. We think the S line trim is well worth the extra cost over entry-level Sport. Read more here
The Audi Q7 earned the maximum five-star safety rating when it was tested by the independent experts at Euro NCAP in 2019. It was slightly better at protecting adult passengers than the BMW X5 and much better at protecting children than the Land Rover Discovery. However, it’s worth noting that this was under a less strict testing regimen than is currently used by Euro NCAP. Read more here
When you’re using only five of the Audi Q7’s seven seats, the boot has a capacity of 865 litres (or 650 litres in the PHEV version), which is enough space for 10 carry-on suitcases. The boot space drops to around 300 litres when the third row of seats is in place (room for a couple of carry-on cases). Overall, the Q7 offers more boot space than rival seven-seater the Land Rover Discovery. Read more here
|RRP price range||£59,820 - £99,840|
|Number of trims (see all)||7|
|Number of engines (see all)||5|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||diesel, hybrid, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||128.4 - 35.8|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,495 / £7,209|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,989 / £14,418|