Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Audi Q7 4x4?
Though it's not aimed at the off-road brigade, it’s worth checking the underside of any Q7 for damage that might have been incurred on the rough stuff. Check the bodywork carefully, because this is a large car that will have been used in tight urban spaces. Also check the alloy wheels for damage.
So far, reported problems are few. Most centre around the non-engine electrics, so if buying used make sure all the electrical goodies work as they should.
The locking mechanism in the front headrests might not function correctly in examples made from 1 July to 30 September 2019, and will need to be replaced. Speak to an Audi dealer for further information.
Connection between steering shaft and steering rack can work loose
A small number of Q7 and Q8 models built between 1 June 2015 and 28 February 2019 could have a problem where the bolts connecting the steering rack and steering shaft can work loose. Speak to an Audi dealer to find out if your vehicle is affected by this because it'll need to be inspected by a technician if it is.
A heating element in front of the forward-facing camera in the windscreen can overheat on some examples manufactured from 1 August to 14 November 2019. If yours is affected, it'll need to have modifications carried out by a technician at an Audi dealer and also have updated software installed.
Faulty crash sensors airbag/restraint systems in both front doors
Certain Q7s, though very few, may have faulty crash sensors fitted in both of the car's front doors. These are connected to its side airbags. Only 31 models are said to have been affected by this recall, of which was issued in 2020. In contacting your local Audi dealer, it can be checked and, if faulty, be replaced at no cost to the vehicle's owner.