Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
  • Audi Q7 (06 - 15)
Used Audi Q7 2006-2015 review
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What's the used Audi Q7 4x4 like?

The Audi Q7 was the company's first attempt at a seven-seat luxury SUV. It combined a desirable badge on the front with seven seats and a solid build quality, and it could tackle a muddy field and ferry the family around without breaking a sweat.

This first-generation version ran from 2006 until 2015, when an all-new second-generation Audi Q7 version replaced it.


A used Audi Q7 is going to be expensive to run, but it has a great image and is very capable

  • Great build quality
  • Very well-equipped
  • Some off-road ability
  • Firm ride
  • Cramped interior
  • It won't be cheap to run

It's a huge car, though, even in its original form as here, being over five metres long and nearly two metres wide, despite which it's not as large inside as you might expect. On top of that, in some people's eyes it's singularly short of style, an important element at this price level and among its premium competitors.

The Q7 is better-suited to on-road driving, but the air suspension system can raise and lower the ride height as required for any off-road antics. At lower speeds the ride can be unsettled, but this disappears on faster roads.

It's also surprisingly agile for such a large vehicle, with decent four-wheel drive grip through corners and good body control. The Q7 is refined and although wind and road noise can be heard, it doesn't distract.

The interior has reasonable space in the first two rows of seats, although not as much as you might expect for such a large car, but the third row is best reserved for children. Boot space is acceptable, but it can be enlarged by folding down the rearmost seats into the boot floor when they're not needed.

So, the Q7 is a bit of a mixed bag. The second-generation version is actually one of our favourite cars, but this first one is harder to recommend. However, if you're in the market for a prestige badge on a large car that can carry seven people, at a pinch, and you can afford to pay for the fuel and servicing costs, then a used Q7 might make a lot of sense.

If you're interested in finding a used Q7, or any of the other SUVs mentioned here, head over to the Used Car Buying pages to find lots of cars listed for sale at a great price.

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What should I look for in a used Audi Q7 4x4?

Generally, the Audi Q7 is proving to be reliable, with only one or two common issues. This huge SUV has a reputation for getting through a set of front tyres in under 7000 miles and in some cases as little as 5000 miles.

In most cases, the outside edges wear substantially faster than any other area. The exact cause isn't clear, and Audi has been known to contribute to the cost of replacement rubber on newer cars.

Keeping a close eye on tyre pressures appears to be a key factor in minimising wear, along with ensuring the tracking is checked on a regular basis.

Other small electrical and engine faults have cropped up, but nothing consistent. A recall was issued in 2007 to cover a fault with the electrically powered tailgate.

As is the case with any off-roader, no matter how soft, you should always check the underside of the car for any damage.

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What are the most common problems with a used Audi Q7 4x4?

Recalls were relatively few given the Q7's long life. Recalls have been issued for the following though -

It has been identified that the power-operated tailgate may close abruptly and unexpectedly following opening using the power function.

On affected vehicles engine oil may in isolated instances enter the brake servo via the vacuum feed line. This may cause the brake servo diaphragm to rupture and loss of brake servo assistance.

Check with your local Audi dealer that all remedial work has been carried ot.

Is a used Audi Q7 4x4 reliable?

This earlier version of the Q7 didn't feature in our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, but the second-generation version did.

Our latest reliability data shows the Q7 to be a dependable used car; it received a rating of 92.8% and finished second in the luxury SUV class out of a field of nine cars.

Audi, as a brand, came 26th out of 32 manufacturers in the same survey, which isn't especially good.

Ownership cost

What used Audi Q7 4x4 will I get for my budget?

You can buy a Q7 for as low as £3000 if you're prepared to put up with a high-mileage example, but we'd recommend avoiding those because at this age condition is king.

Around £5000 to £8000 will get you a car with an average (under 100k) mileage, with a full service history. If you're prepared to spend between £8000 and £15,000 you'll find good condition 2011, 2012 and 2013 models. Spend over £15,000 on the last 2014 and 2015 cars.

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How much does it cost to run a Audi Q7 4x4?


The diesels have an official claimed average fuel economy figures of 27.2mpg for the 3.0-litre, 25.5mpg for the 4.2-litre and 25mpg for the 6.0-litre. That compares with a claimed 22.2mpg for the 3.0-litre petrol and 20.8mpg for the 4.2-litre petrol. These figures were all arrived at under the older NEDC testing procedure, which has since been superseded by the stricter WLTP tests.

CO2 and Road Tax

All models have high CO2 emissions, so you will pay the top road tax band no matter which model you buy.


Insurance groups range from 35 to 50, so your premium won't be cheap, either.


Maintaining a Q7 isn't cheap, either, and servicing costs might make you wince - an oil and filter change will be especially expensive. Tyres and other spare parts are equally pricey. There are a number of independent Audi specialists who will take on servicing an older Q7 at a cheaper rate than an Audi main dealer.

Our recommendations

Which used Audi Q7 4x4 should I buy?

Just two engine options were available at the car's launch: a 345bhp 4.2-litre V8 petrol and a 230bhp 3.0 TDI diesel unit. Both provide good performance and smooth delivery of power.

A 276bhp 3.2-litre petrol model was introduced in 2007, along with a 326bhp 4.2 TDI diesel. In late 2008, a 6.0-litre V12 diesel producing a whopping 493bhp went on sale.

In reality, petrol Q7s are rare on the used market, so looking for a diesel will be the sensible option. The number of 3.0-litre vehicles on the market makes them the best for running costs and resale values. The Q7 is available only as an automatic.

Entry-level models come with alloy wheels, climate and cruise control, while SE trim adds electrically adjustable, heated leather seats and enhanced cabin detailing. S-line cars get sports seats and trim.

Our favourite Audi Q7: 3.0 TDI SE

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What alternatives should I consider to a used Audi Q7 4x4?

The BMW X5 can be had with the option of seven seats, added to which it's great to drive, comparatively, and solidly built. The interior is well equipped and logically laid out and there's plenty of room for the five in the first two rows of seats.

The first-generation Volvo XC90 has a relatively spacious interior with seating for seven, on top of which it has a classy interior with lashings of leather and plenty of standard kit. Its diesel engine can be gruff and the low-speed ride occasionally wobbly, and it's not the greatest car to drive, but it is a used car bargain and the best way of cheaply transporting a large family around in a stylish premium produce.

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