2017 Audi Q7 Overview
The Q7 looks less imposing than its predecessor, with taller glass and a six-sided grille that appears both lower and squatter. The two SUVs are dimensionally similar, though curb weight drops considerably with the redesign because Audi swapped a lot of the prior Q7’s steel panels for aluminum. The SUV also rides an all-new platform, which it no longer shares with the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne.
Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and 19-inch alloy wheels are standard. Full-LED lights are optional, as are 20- and 21-inch rims.
The layered dashboard employs simple designs and two large displays. The first is a standard 7-inch or optional 8.3-inch center display that motors out of the dashboard above the air vents. Drivers operate it with a control knob near the gearshift, which can combine with an optional finger pad that recognizes smartphone-like pinch, swipe and handwriting motions.
The second screen is Audi’s optional Virtual Cockpit display, which trades the Q7’s conventional instruments for a 12.3-inch high-resolution screen that has simulated gauges it can minimize to prioritize map or multimedia information. Steering-wheel controls operate the simulated display. If you pass on the feature, the Q7 has physical gauges that border a smaller, 7-inch display with simpler multimedia and vehicle information.
Seating includes a three-position bench for the second row and a power-folding, 50/50-split third row that seats two. The second row has sliding adjustments for all three positions, and all five seats in the second and third rows have Latch car-seat and top-tether anchors. Power-adjustable, heated front seats are standard, as are leather upholstery and a panoramic moonroof. Premium leather, heated rear seats, four-zone automatic climate control and two premium audio systems are optional.
Under the Hood
The Q7 has a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 with 333 horsepower and 325 pounds-feet of torque. It drives all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Like in so many cars, a dashboard button selects from a few modes that vary driving characteristics, including firmness settings for the optional adaptive air suspension.
Audi says the new Q7 hits 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, which is comparable to a lot of sport sedans. It’s also a lot quicker than the old Q7, which maxed out at 6.9 seconds.
A backup camera and full array of airbags are standard; side-impact torso airbags for the second row are optional. Audi’s standard Pre Sense City system provides collision warning and emergency braking from 6 to 50 mph if it senses any obstructions, including pedestrians. An optional Pre Sense Plus Package extends the threshold to 137 mph.
An optional exit-warning system flashes a red light near the inside door handle if you begin to open it while sensors detect an approaching vehicle or cyclist. Other optional systems automatically hit the brakes if you try to make a left turn in front of oncoming traffic or back into a lane of cross-traffic.
Overview courtesy of Cars.com