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Audi Q7

(2015 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

61
%
C

Used car score:

50
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

76
%
B

Safety Rating:

72
%
B

Eco Rating:

56
%
C

Reliability Rating:

12
%
E

Running Costs:

29
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

61
%
C

Used car score:

50
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

76
%
B

Safety Rating:

72
%
B

Eco Rating:

56
%
C

Reliability Rating:

12
%
E

Running Costs:

29
%
E

Summary


The Audi Q7 is a large SUV/crossover, the largest in Audi’s rapidly expanding model range. The current second-generation model was launched in 2015, with a mid-life update in 2019.

The Q7 range includes the flagship high-performance SQ7 model. There was previously a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid model, however this was dropped in 2019 when the range was updated and is now purely petrol-powered. Regular Q7 models have a choice of petrol or diesel power.

Both the Audi Q7 and SQ7 have received good reviews from the UK media, with the SQ7 averaging very slightly higher scores in most cases. The whole Q7 range has received particular praise for its comfort, refinement and cabin quality, which are all considered to be best in class.

However, the Q7 appears to be better to drive than to live with. According to our reliability data (see ‘Reliability rating’ section below), it has one of the worst reliability records of any car in our database. Running costs are also very high, which is not that surprising for a seven-seat, near-three-tonne, petrol or diesel SUV.

As of March 2024,the Audi Q7 has a New Car Expert Rating score of C (61%), which is significantly better than its Used Car Expert Rating score of E. This is dragged down because reliability and running costs are given more weight in our used car ratings.

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £67,355 on-road

Launched: Summer 2015
Last updated: Autumn 2019
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 92%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 71%
Safety assist: 72%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2024, the Audi Q7 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Audi Q7 has a very poor reliability score of just 19%, according to exclusive workshop data provided by our partner MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation Q7 and the original (pre-2015) version, and is one of the worst scores of any cars we track.

Almost a third of warranty repairs relate to the car’s engine, which are unsurprisingly expensive with an average repair cost of more than £1,200. There are also plenty of reported warranty repairs for suspension and fuel systems, and these are unusually expensive as well, costing about £1,000 and £2,000 on average to repair, respectively. Gearbox problems are the fewest according to our data, but also the most expensive with an average repair bill of more than £2,200.

It’s not just our data that finds issue with the Audi Q7’s reliability record, however. In 2022, warranty provider Warrantywise ranked the Q7 sixth in a table of the least reliable used cars (up to ten year old) on sale in the UK.

Given the below-average reliability score and potentially expensive bills, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase for an Audi Q7 covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models26 mpgE23 – 27 mpgE – E
Diesel models35 mpgD29 – 35 mpgD – E
Plug-in hybrid models112 mpgA86 – 135 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models251 g/kmD233 – 285 g/kmD – D
Diesel models212 g/kmD209 – 251 g/kmD – D
Plug-in hybrid models59 g/kmA47 – 75 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models30 milesE26 – 34 milesE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models45D42 – 50D – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£405C
Year 2£973D
Year 3£1,598D
Year 4£1,870D
Year 5£2,446D
Overall£7,292D

Running costs for the Audi Q7 range are quite expensive, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel economy is disappointing for petrol models and moderately better for diesel-engined versions. The plug-in hybrid models look amazing on paper, but this is largely thanks to ridiculous EU/UK government lab tests that are completely inadequate for plug-in hybrids. There is no way you will ever travel for 112 miles on a single gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and some electricity…

Compared to the rest of the large SUV sector, the car’s service and maintenance costs are pretty average. Insurance costs likely to be high, though, based on data from the UK’s insurance group assessor, Thatcham Research.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi Q7 has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury SUV for Comfort

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury SUV

2019

  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury SUV

2018

  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury SUV

2017

  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury SUV

2016

  • Professional Driver Awards – Best Luxury SUV
  • Autocar Awards – Innovation Award (SQ7 TDI)

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