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2012 Audi Q7

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2012 Audi Q7 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.2

The Audi Q7 received some very welcome engine upgrades for the 2011 model year – the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine remains well-received and the 3.0-liter V6 TDI turbodiesel delivers both ample torque and welcome fuel economy – and those two terrific engines continue for the 2012 Audi Q7. As part of the VW group's trinity of high-end SUVs (along with the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne), the Q7 is built to exacting performance and efficiency standards, and new standard-equipment additions and options packages give the consumer a better range of vehicles from which to choose – ensuring the 2012 Audi Q7's place in the lineup of one of the fastest-growing badges in the U.S.

You'll Like This Car If...

Fans of the Audi aesthetic will find much to like in the Q7. The three-row seating and quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD) give drivers everything they need for reassurance in family daily driving. The commendable EPA numbers of both the gasoline V6 and the available TDI turbodiesel don't hurt either.

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The Q7 is a big SUV, and some may find its bulk to be a deal-breaker, especially in the face of smaller, capable SUV competition (including Audi's own Q5) not to mention the re-emergence of the station wagon.

What's New for 2012

The base 3.0T gasoline engine gains an extra eight horsepower, bringing the non-S-Line-Package-equipped models to a total of 280 horsepower.

Driving the Q7

Driving Impressions The 2012 Q7 has a performance-minded rear bias in its all-wheel drive (40:60 front-to-rear), but there's no escaping the effect of its size on handling crispness. Steering is responsive and...

the body feels inspiringly solid, but the sheer bulk of the Q7, along with its height, conspires to rob some nimbleness from what, in fairness, is a big car. As it is, the 2012 Q7 displays ride quality and feedback that many will find lacking in American SUVs, and the interior sets it even further apart. The adaptive air suspension is listed as optional, but it's a worthwhile choice.

S-Line Package
With two-and-a-half tons to move, you might regret not taking the upgraded 333 horsepower of the S-Line. Not only does the S-Line Package give the 2012 Q7 more urgency, but in concert with the quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD) it makes for a better year-round vehicle.

3.0 TDI Diesel
The diesel engine is carving a niche in the American market at last, and Audi's TDI deserves a lot of the credit for that. In the 2012 Q7 the turbodiesel engine won't break any speed records, but it moves the big SUV around admirably while returning surprisingly good mpg in the face of the Q7's daunting curb weight.

2012 Audi Q7 Details
Interior

The interior is where the 2012 Audi Q7 earns its keep. The leather is supple and elegant, and the Dark Brown Walnut wood trim is a fantastic touch. The power front seats hold the driver just so, and the second and third rows provide ample room. Speaking of room, with those back two rows folded flat there is 72 cubic feet of cargo space inside the Q7. The seating combinations (28!) are more than you'll likely ever need but demonstrate Audi's ability to coax the most out of a platform. But the biggest impression of the interior is of the overall beautiful and meticulous appearance of every detail.

Exterior

The 2012 Audi Q7 makes quite a statement visually. There's no denying its heritage, with the raked windshield and subtly-aggressive stance. The Q7 is all Audi, to be sure, but updated body styling on its sibling Touareg and Cayenne models is making the Q7 look a bit old. The S-Line Package's trim additions help, but some might feel the Q7 could benefit from some redesign. What is impeccable about the exterior, though, is the level of fit and finish and overall excellent assembly quality.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Another point for the 2012 Audi Q7 is how well equipped it is as standard. The base 3.0T and TDI turbodiesel models feature rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, Audi Multimedia Interface and a power liftgate. The 2012 Q7 Premium Plus gets additional chrome pieces, a rearview camera, navigation system (now standard with Audi Connect), and Bose Surround Sound system. The TDI Prestige package comes with 20-inch wheels and Audi's Warm Weather package. Across the line, quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD), electronic stability control with roll-over mitigation, and the full litany of airbags, including side-curtain airbags that protect across all three rows, are present. Gas/diesel fence-sitters take note: The TDI standard equipment level is a notch above that of an equivalent 3.0T V6's.

Optional Equipment

The most notable option for your conventional gas-powered 2012 Audi Q7 is the S-Line package. Improving the feel and responsiveness of the 5,400-pound Q7, the S-Line Package coaxes 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque out of the Q7's V6 and includes the Warm Weather Package with four-zone climate control. The Multimedia Navigation unit is available as on option on Premium models. Adaptive air suspension is also available, and will go a long way toward improving your Q7's performance on or off-road.

Under the Hood

The base 2012 Audi Q7 is powered by a 3.0-liter gasoline V6 that delivers 280 horsepower, while the S-Line version gives 333 horsepower. The 3.0-liter TDI turbodiesel has 225 horsepower, but with 406 lb-ft of torque, it's quite the powerplant. Highway mpg for the Q7, depending upon model, ranges from 22-25, helped by the standard Triptronic 8-speed transmission found in all models.

3.0-liter V6 Supercharged
280 horsepower @ 4,920 rpm
295 lb-ft torque @ 2,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22

3.0-liter V6 Supercharged
333 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
325 lb-ft torque @ 2,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22

3.0-liter Turbodiesel
225 horsepower @ 3,750 rpm
406 lb-ft torque @ 1,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25


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2012 Audi Q7 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 109 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Styling, power, handling, super quiet interior!

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive, quiet, reliable"

Cons: "cup holders! hard to come up with cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this is a big crossover with plenty of storage space, responsive handling and power. the diesel engine is quiet, clean and provides 26/28 MPG overall. rural driving with speeds around 45 MPH provides 30MPG! I knew two things going in 1)tires wear out around 30K miles, 2) brakes need work around 35K miles. I have 27K miles now and will need new tires by the time I hit 35K miles. however, my brakes are in good condition and should last until 50K plus. maybe it's just the way that I drive. if you need a safe, reliable, quiet, and responsive vehicle with a lot of carrying capability, this is the car for you."

17 people out of 29 found this review helpful

One of the best crossover SUVs available

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Drives and handles very well; overcomes slow acceleration of 6 cylinder with super chargers; wifi hotspot a must to pacify kids with their devices; 7 seats (Q7) works well for commuting and hauling kids but not for any long trips: not enough storage if the 3rd seat is down; wish the design of the container/drink holder between the 2 front seats was more functional; otherwise, this is a great driving vehicle; adaptive cruise control works very well but sometimes is annoying when cars pass you and then slow down in front of you: makes you rethink your interstate driving habits; only real complaint? tires seem expensive and they wear out fast: 20-25,000 miles max, at least, that's my experience."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Monday, March 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had several SUV's and this one by far is the smoothest ride, great turning radius and is build SOLID!"

21 people out of 38 found this review helpful

Safe, solid fast

By on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "2 of my neighbors now own Audis!"

Cons: "Lots of brake dust"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I feel that the safety features in the Q7 better than Mercedes, Lexus, and BMWs that I have owned. It is my 2nd Q7."

32 people out of 60 found this review helpful

Best auto ever

By on Thursday, January 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I have had Lexus, Mercedes, BMW. The power, safety features and appearance are hands down the best. The negatives I found were too much brake dust and poor rim choice. Highway mpg was 25-26 but requires high test gas. The articulating headlights in the mountains are a great extra feature"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love this car fast safe reliable

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "very low mileage fun to drive"

Cons: "not a family car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this car , low miles, fast it's sports car . I know there is a demand for this car low miles, Has all the bells and whistles"

42 people out of 86 found this review helpful

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