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Audi Q7 review

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2 Sep 2016 14:17 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:55

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Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Audi Q7 4x4 running costs

The regular diesel Q7 is priced slightly above the Volvo XC90, but is still considerably cheaper than the Range Rover Sport and equivalent versions of the Land Rover Discovery. Sizeable discounts are available from dealers, while resale values are predicted to be strong and compare well with those of most other premium-badged SUVs.

The Q7 is only available with six and eight-cylinder diesel engines, although the 268bhp V6 diesel averaged a respectable 34.0mpg in our real-world True MPG tests. That was considerably better than the XC90 D5 (31.9mpg) and Discovery TD6 (26.3mpg).

Higher CO2 emissions make the regular Q7 diesel models pricier to run as a company car than the XC90, although not by a huge amount. The e-tron, however, is a remarkably cheap company car, courtesy of its official CO2 output of as low as 48g/km.

Insurance costs are a little higher than average, but the Q7 is relatively affordable to service, thanks to long service intervals and Audi’s fixed-priced deals.

Audi Q7 4x4 equipment

All Q7s are well equipped, so even the entry-level SE version shouldn't be dismissed. You get most of what you'd expect from a car in this price bracket, including satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, 19in alloy wheels, a powered tailgate and xenon headlights.

The jump in cost to S line is substantial but gets you a sporty styling package, 20in alloy wheels, rear climate control, LED headlights and sports seats. This is the entry point for our favoured 268bhp V6 diesel engine, although we’d still recommend paying extra for adaptive air suspension, which markedly improves ride quality. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit 12.3in screen, which replaces the standard analogue instrument binnacle, is also worth adding.

The e-tron comes with more kit, including Virtual Cockpit as standard, as well as keyless entry. Meanwhile, the SQ7 has all that, plus adaptive air suspension and a rear camera, along with bespoke 20in alloy wheels and big exhausts for a more dramatic look.

Black Edition and Vorsprung trims are dripping with luxuries but are very expensive. There's also a question mark hanging over how well these models ride on their standard sports air suspension and huge alloy wheels.

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Audi Q7 4x4 reliability

The latest Q7 was too new to appear in our most recent reliability survey, but Audi as a brand fared reasonably well, finishing in 12th place (out of 32 manufacturers). That's a better showing than Mercedes-Benz or BMW, although Lexus owners reported even fewer faults.

The Q7 comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty as standard, and for a fee Audi will allow you to extend the warranty for up to five years and 90,000 miles.


Audi Q7 4x4 safety and security

All versions come with active safety equipment, including automatic emergency braking, which alerts you to potential frontal collisions with cars or pedestrians and applies the brakes if necessary.

Passive safety comes in the form of standard front and side airbags, plus curtain airbags that protect those in the front and middle seats. There’s no driver’s knee airbag, but rear side airbags, for the middle-row passengers, are on the options list.

All six passenger seats have Isofix child seat mounting points and the Q7 also comes with a warning triangle and first aid kit. Optional safety kit (standard on Vorsrpung models) includes blindspot monitoring and lane-keep assist, and there's also a Trailer Assist system available if you plan to use your Q7 for towing.

Euro NCAP award the Q7 five stars (out of five) for overall safety. A closer look at the scores reveals lower marks for adult occupant and pedestrian protection than the rival XC90 managed, but a better score for child occupant protection.

Thatcham Research awarded all versions of the Q7 five stars (out of five) for resisting being stolen and four stars for guarding against being broken into.

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The outstanding Audi Q7 offers a relaxing blend of comfort and whisper-quiet driving manners

  • Smooth and powerful engine
  • Pillowy ride on optional air suspension
  • Stunning interior quality
  • Not as sharp to drive as some rivals
  • Third-row space is better in Land Rover Discovery
  • Expensive to buy and run
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