Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The regular diesel Q7 is priced slightly above the Volvo XC90 but is considerably cheaper than the Range Rover Sport or BMW X7. Sizeable discounts are available from the New Car Buying section of our What Car? website, and resale values for the Q7 are predicted to be strong, comparing well with those of most other premium-badged Luxury SUVs.
Official CO2 emissions of the petrol and diesel versions are higher than some rivals', but almost all luxury SUVs competing with the Q7 are in the same top 37% benefit-in-kind (BIK) company car tax bracket anyway, unless you opt for a plug-in hybrid. On the subject of which, the 55 TFSI e is by far the cheapest option if you're a company car driver, although the BMW X5 45e offers even cheaper benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bills courtesy of its much longer pure electric range.
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 entry-level Sport trim shouldn't be dismissed. You'll find most of the features you'd expect from a car in this price bracket, including 19in alloy wheels, power-folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, part-leather seats (heated in the front), cruise control and keyless start.
The jump in cost to S line is substantial but gets you sportier styling, 20in alloy wheels, tinted windows and the more figure-hugging seats we mentioned earlier, trimmed in genuine leather. 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 from 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. These top two trim levels aren't available on the 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid.
The Q7 was one of the best-performing luxury SUVs in our 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, proving more dependable than the XC90 and Discovery. However, Audi as a brand didn't put up a particularly good showing, finishing in 20th place out of 31 manufacturers. That's below Volvo but above Land Rover and Mercedes.
All versions come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard. For a fee, Audi will extend the warranty for up to five years or 90,000 miles, but you have to buy this when you order the car new – it cannot be applied retrospectively. If you don't order it and decide subsequently that you want a warranty beyond the first three years, it won't be an extended manufacturer's warranty, it’ll be a less comprehensive used car warranty instead.
Safety and security
All versions come with plenty of active safety equipment to help prevent you being involved in a crash, 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 reads the speed limit signs and displays them on the dashboard.
The optional City Assist pack (which comes as standard on Vorsprung models) adds various other active safety aids, including blindspot monitoring (called Side Assist in Audi speak).
Euro NCAP awarded the Q7 its full five-star rating for overall safety in 2019. A closer look at the scores reveals that the Q7 is slightly better for adult occupant crash protection than the BMW X5, and similar to the Land Rover Discovery – albeit with slightly worse chest protection but better protection against whiplash. Pedestrian protection is broadly similar for all three (the X5 is marginally better if you're unfortunate enough to be hit by its bonnet), but the Q7 is noticeably better at protecting children than the Discovery and slightly better than the X5.
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