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2012 Audi Q7

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2012 Audi Q7 Review

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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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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 103 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

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"

23 people out of 46 found this review helpful

Love it, but I don't love everything about it.

By on Monday, June 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "sporty, punchy off the line,"

Cons: "The diesel sound is strong at times"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I love my Q7 a lot, but not completely. The rear seats are not terrible, but not great. My youngest two fit comfortably, but they are 9 and 11. My 14 year old will sit back there but only if she absolutely has to. You know how the school bus seating has high backs and you can't really see over them? It's kind of like that in the Audi when you sit in the third row. However, I wouldn't be with out them. The extra seating option is worth it. The reason we purchased the Q7 was because of the 7 passenger diesel. I drive 30k+ miles per year. With diesel I get much better gas mileage (on average 29-31 mpg to/from school 25 miles from the house). The other option for me was the Mercedes GL 350. I felt like the third row on the GL was bigger and more comfortable. What I love, love, love about my Q7 is the gas mileage, the computer/nav, large sunroof, comfort and handling, large gas tank, it feels solid, the power of acceleration, wifi although we don't use it, the parking guides make me a parallel parking queen. What I don't love: too much service work, very few cup holders, cargo mat and visor don't have a place to go when 3rd row is being used, middle seat in 2nd row is uncomfortable, the protective laminate on bumper has discolored, My last car was a Toyota sienna. That van had cup holders and cubby space galore. The kids loved it and really miss the space that we don't seem to have anymore in the Q7. I love how the Q7 fits the four of us really well for our Monday through Friday schedule. On the weekends when it's the 5 of us, I think the minivan or even the GL would be better. "He's touching me" and "I sat in the middle last time" is a constant argument. There seems to be great room between the front row and middle row. Just not great when you seat three across. Also the middle row seat feet area has a hump, which doesn't help the touching issue."

32 people out of 42 found this review helpful

Biggest Disappointement

By on Friday, June 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, interior, design, power"

Cons: "Costs a fortune to maintain, questionable quality,"

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

"I bought this car and fell in love with it. It look great, has a unique look vs. other SUV's and great handling and power. The service and upkeep of it has been a bitter disappointment. EVerything from routine maintanence to service costs a fortune. Oil changes are $150, battery cost me $400 and I had several issues with the electrical system. Regretting my purchase of this and long for the days of a simple American or Japanese care that may not have the cache or bells and whistles of this car but at least the bells and whistles it does have work ."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

TDI good choice for this SUV

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great acceleration, comfortable, good gas mileage"

Cons: "add blue requires dealer to fill, costly repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Very happy with performance. Roomy interior but third row seats very hard for adults to get into. Large carrying capacity. Tires need rotation every 5000 miles otherwise wear quickly. Dependable in hard winter. Dislike the Audi telephone feature not user friendly. Fair navigation system also not very user friendly"

25 people out of 40 found this review helpful

Ahh mazing!

By on Sunday, March 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

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
10/10

Pros: "everything"

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

"This is such a great vehicle! Drives and handles like the Mercedes GL without the large size that wasn't needed for our family. I love putting it in Turbo to pass tractor trailers and my kids love the panoramic roof! My husband has a BMW 3 and loves how the Audi handles. As for cost, it is exactly what you would expect from a German vehicle. I had an Acura MDX prior to the Audi, with minimal expenses. Audi has been great on cost so far, however, based on my husband's oil changes/etc...he never leaves without paying less than a large three digit number. It's the cost of owning a luxury German vehicle. Therefore, to anyone who is interested in an Audi, Mercedes, BMW, be ready to pay more in service costs than an Acura, GMC, etc.... But with any luxury vehicle you do get your oil changes every 10,000 miles with the synthetic oil instead of 5,000"

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

love it

By on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

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
10/10

Pros: "mpg, safety, road feel"

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

"Great truck. bought used and feels brand new. great quality and i constantly get over 30 mpg on the highway. would recommend to everyone"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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