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Audi Q7

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Audi Q7

(2015 - present)

    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.

    Both the Audi Q7 and SQ7 have received very good reviews, with the SQ7 averaging very slightly higher scores in most cases. As of June 2022, the 38 reviews we have gathered on the Q7 give it an overall Expert Rating of 78%, which is competitive with the Land Rover Discovery and Volvo XC90, although a few places behind the new Land Rover Defender.

    The Audi Q7 has received particular praise for its comfort, refinement and cabin quality, which are all considered to be best in class. The main criticisms related to the stying, particularly in the facelifted models launched in 2019.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Large SUV/crossover
    Engines: petrol, diesel
    Price: From £58,570 on-road

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


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: December 2019
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    Adult protection: 92%
    Child protection: 86%
    Vulnerable road users: 71%
    Safety assist: 72%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of June 2022, the Audi Q7 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    If the Q7 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

    Reliability rating

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    The Audi Q7 has a below-average reliability score of 41%, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partner MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation Q7 and the original (pre-2015) version.

    Half of all reported problems with the Q7 relate to its fuel system – remembering that most Q7s in the UK are diesel-powered – with an average repair bill of more than £1,300. The other area to look out for is the braking system, which accounts for more than a third of repair claims. Fortunately, the average bill for these was only about £250. Although they’re not common problems, gearbox and suspension repair costs are higher than average – both more than £3K.

    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.

    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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    Audi Q7The Audi Q7 has received strong media reviews, with our Expert Rating putting it alongside the Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery.