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2013 Audi Q7

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2013 Audi Q7 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.1

Audi's 2013 Q7 is big, poised and polished, and it delivers luxury-SUV buyers a distinctive blend of capability, performance and accommodation. As part of the VW group's trinity of high-end SUVs (along with the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne), the Audi Q7 is built to exacting standards, and its look and feel are uniquely Audi. Partly due to styling choices, the Q7 comes up a little snug inside considering its bulk and mass, especially in back around the third-row seat and cargo deck. But there are no compromises on powertrains: two brilliant 3.0-liter V6s – supercharged gasoline and turbodiesel – work with an 8-speed automatic and Audi's signature quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) to move the big vehicle around smartly yet efficiently, in any weather, on any road.

You'll Like This Car If...

Fans of the Audi aesthetic will find much to like in the Q7. The 3-row seating and quattro AWD give reassuring family transport. The commendable EPA fuel-economy numbers don't hurt either.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Q7 is big, 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 long-threatened reemergence of the station wagon.

What's New for 2013

The turbodiesel engine in the Audi Q7 TDI is new for 2013. It's still a 3.0-liter V6 but makes 15 more horsepower (now 240), weighs 55 pounds less than the previous engine and yields better EPA fuel-economy ratings of 19/28. There are also some new infotainment system features this year.

Driving the Q7

Driving Impressions The 2013 Q7 has a performance-minded rear bias in its all-wheel drive (40:60 torque split 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. However, the 2013 Q7 delivers ride quality and feedback that are lacking in big American SUVs, and the interior sets it even further apart. The adaptive air suspension is listed as optional, but it's a worthwhile choice. Both the gasoline and diesel engines are smooth and responsive, and provide remarkable thrust and efficiency given the vehicle's substantial mass. The strong new diesel, in particular, feels like a natural for pushing around this big, multi-use family transporter.

S-LINE PACKAGE
With two-and-a-half tons to move, you'll appreciate the upgraded 333 horsepower of the S-Line. Not only does the S-Line Package give the 2013 Q7 more urgency, but in concert with the quattro AWD it makes for a better all-season vehicle.

3.0 TDI DIESEL
Diesel power is wedging its way into the American market at last, and Audi's TDI deserves some credit for that. In the 2013 Q7 the new turbodiesel engine is stronger, lighter and more efficient than before, and it moves the big SUV around energetically while returning surprisingly good mpg.

2013 Audi Q7 Details
Interior

True to recent Audi tradition, the interior is where the 2013 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. The second row provides ample room but things get cramped in the third row. With those back two rows folded flat, there is 72 cubic feet of cargo space inside the Q7. The split-back folding seats yield more combinations (28!) than you'll likely ever need but demonstrate Audi's determination to coax the most out of a platform.

Exterior

The 2013 Audi Q7 makes quite a statement visually. There's no denying its heritage, with the raked windshield, huge grille and aggressive stance. The Q7 is all-Audi, to be sure, though updated body styling on its sibling Touareg and Cayenne models is making the Q7 start to look a bit dated. The S-Line package's trim additions help, but a redesign will probably be in order soon. Meanwhile, the Q7's exterior, just like its interior, shows impeccable fit and finish and excellent quality all around.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Audi Q7 is exceptionally well-equipped. The base 3.0T and TDI turbodiesel models (called Premium trim) feature rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, Audi Multimedia Interface and a power liftgate. The 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 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.

Optional Equipment

The most notable option for your conventional gasoline-powered 2013 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 4-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 no matter what the surface and conditions.

Under the Hood

The base 2013 Audi Q7 is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged gasoline V6 that delivers 280 horsepower, while the S-Line version bumps output to 333 horsepower. The 3.0-liter TDI turbodiesel now has 240 horsepower, but more important, its remarkable 406 lb-ft of torque available barely above idle makes it feel like a genuinely lusty powerplant launching the big Q7 from a standstill. Highway mpg for the Q7, depending upon model, ranges from 22-28, helped by the standard Tiptronic 8-speed transmission found in all models. Of course, Audi's quattro AWD system puts down power in a stable, secure fashion.

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

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

3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6
240 horsepower @ 3,750 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg

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2013 Audi Q7 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 109 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

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  • 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."

40 people out of 67 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."

8 people out of 11 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!"

25 people out of 44 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."

35 people out of 63 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"

43 people out of 88 found this review helpful

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