Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
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, and resale values are predicted to be strong, comparing well with those of most other premium-badged SUVs.
Official emissions are 180g/km for the 45 TDI rising to 184g/km for the 50 TDI. Although that is higher than many rivals, almost all luxury SUVs competing with the Q7 are in the same 37% Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) company car tax bracket anyway, unless you opt for a plug-in hybrid. Insurance costs are also a little higher than average, but the Q7 is relatively affordable to service, thanks to long service intervals and Audi’s fixed-priced deals.
Equipment, options and extras
Every Q7 is well equipped, so even the entry-level Sport version shouldn't be dismissed. You'll find most of the features you'd expect from a car in this price bracket, including dual-zone climate control, part-leather seats (heated in the front), 19in alloy wheels, cruise control and keyless start.
The jump in cost to S line is substantial but gets you a sportier styling, 20in alloy wheels, genuine leather seats, tinted windows and the more figure-hugging seats we mentioned earlier. It’s our pick of the range.
However, if you want even more luxuries, Black Edition adds four-zone climate control (allowing rear seat passengers to dial in a different temperature to those in the front) and 21in alloys, while the range-topping Vorsprung brings gigantic 22in wheels, soft-closing doors, heated rear seats and keyless entry.
The Q7 wasn’t featured in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Audi as a brand didn't put up a particularly good showing, finishing in 20th place out of 31 manufacturers. That's below BMW, although above Land Rover, Mercedes and Volvo.
All versions come with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty as standard and, for a fee, Audi will extend the warranty for up to five years and 90,000 miles.
Safety and security
All versions come with plenty of active safety equipment to help prevent you from having a crash in the first place, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), which alerts you to potential frontal collisions with cars or pedestrians and applies the brakes if necessary. You also get lane departure warning and a camera that can read speed limit signs and display them on the dashboard.
The optional City Assist Pack (which comes as standard on Vorsprung models) adds various other active safety aids, including blind spot monitoring (side assist in Audi speak).
Euro NCAP awarded the Q7 its full five star rating 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.
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