What used Audi Q7 4x4 will I get for my budget?
It's possible to pick up an early-2015/2016 Q7 with an average mileage from around £23,000, but it will have high mileage. Move up to the £30,000 to £35,000 bracket and you’ll secure a 2017 car with a below-average mileage from a franchised dealer, while those spending more than £40,000 can expect to pick up a 2018 or even a pre-facelift 2019 car with a very low mileage. Post-facelift cars will set you back in excess of £50,000. An SQ7 of any vintage will cost you in excess of £40,000.
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How much does it cost to run a Audi Q7 4x4?
The Q7 is available with either six or eight-cylinder diesel engines, and its claimed average figures range from 39.2mpg for the high-performance SQ7, according to the older NEDC tests, and 29.4mpg under the later and more realistic WLTP tests, 47.1mpg for the lower-powered 3.0 TDI and 48.7 for the higher-powered one, or 33.2mpg and 32.1mpg under the WLTP tests for the later 45 TDI and 50 TDI cars.
The plug-in hybrid e-tron returns an impressive 156.9 mpg under the NEDC tests, but you’re unlikely to meet that figure in everyday use unless you charge it regularly and drive exclusively in town. The facelifted Q7 introduced petrol-power to the Q7 in the form of the 55 TFSI, but it only manages 26.9mpg. The plug-in hybrid is a better bet because the 55 TFSI e has a combined figure of 88.3mpg and an electric-only range of 25 miles.
Both the e-tron and 55 TFSI e can accept a 7.4kWh charger and will take 2.5 hours to charge up from flat.
This section will only apply to earlier Q7s registered before the 1 April 2017 switch over to the current VED system, so we'll focus on those. The best on CO2 emissions is the e-tron at a mere 50g/km. Of the two 3.0-litre diesels, the lower-powered version emits 150g/km, and the higher-output model coughs out a bit more at 153g/km. The SQ7 would be the most costly to tax, putting out 190g/km.
Earlier models registered before 1 April 2017 will be charged annual car tax (VED) according to CO2 emissions. Cars registered after that date will be charged the flat rate (the plug-in hybrid 55 TFSI e will get a slight discount), plus a supplementary luxury car tax that is charged for five years between the second year and sixth years of the vehicle's age, then it goes back to the flat rate fee. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.
Insurance and servicing
Insurance costs are a little higher than average for the class, but the Q7 is relatively affordable to service, thanks to its long service intervals and Audi’s fixed-price deals. Audis between three and five years old can join the Audi Service Plan; for a one-off payment of £450 or 18 monthly payments of £25, your next two services are covered. Spare parts are expensive, but there are a number of independent specialists who will look after your Q7 for prices that are generally cheaper than an Audi main dealer's.
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