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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As is the German way, your choice of options can dramatically affect how much your 2013 Audi Q7 costs. Models range from an MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) of almost $47,000 for the 3.0T Premium to over $64,000 for the TDI Prestige. Adding more options can send high-end 2013 Q7s toward $80,000. Be sure to check KBB's Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the Audi Q7. The initial cost can seem a bit daunting in the face of competition from BMW's X5, the Porsche Cayenne and the less-expensive Acura MDX, but Audi's growing appeal to American buyers is helping to increase resale values.
By Kevin (MI) on Thursday, March 07, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable, great mileage, beautiful truck."
Cons: "Brake job at 50,000 miles was expensive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I waited years for Ford, GM or Chrysler to put a small diesel into an SUV (something smaller than an Excursion). I finally gave up waiting and bought the Audi Q7 with the 3.0 liter TDI. I love this truck. Even though it weighs around 5,500 lbs, I always get 21-23 mpg in town and high 20's- 30 mpg on the highway. It will get in the low 30s if you do not exceed 65 mph. This is a great vehicle for a long trip - the 26 gallon fuel tank means 700 miles between fuel stops on the highway. I've pulled a trailer from Michigan to Denver with no issues - the torque from the turbo-diesel is incredible. If I had to replace it today it would be with another Q7 diesel or the Cayenne diesel."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Raul (FL) on Saturday, February 09, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,377overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Tasteful, safe, lifestyle vehicle"
Cons: "Repair cost are high without warranty"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I selected the Audi Q7 TDI due to lifestyle changes. I live in Tampa, FL and work in Jacksonville, FL and commute between the two cities on the weekends. So on any given week I clock close to 600 miles. It's also a vehicle which looks good when driving up to the valet attendant at any upscale hotel. Soccer moms that like to drive with girlfriends for lunch at a local outdoor bistro when the kids are at school will be very pleased with this vehicle. I traded in my 2012 Audi Q5 3.2L Premium S Line for the 2010 Q7 TDI. The Q5 although had very good performance but limited cargo and not very comfortable for larger persons. Sitting 3 teenagers in the back also proved to be somewhat cramped. My primary criteria for the purchase of any vehicle is its safety rating. The Audi Q7 has an outstanding safety rating. As it pertains to my lifestyle I required more cargo room, driving comfort for larger individuals, comfort for longer distances, and the ability to tow at least two large Harley Davidson motorcycles or a boat. Some other considerations were having a vehicle that I could use for camping or to drive onto sand on any Florida beach. The Audi Q7 TDI met all of my requirements. In my opinion, the Porche Cayenne and the Mercedes BlueTech SUV were too "pretty" for someone with an outdoor lifstyle. The X5 Diesel was also considered but the MPG were not as good and with a slightly higher price tag. My very first weekend of ownership I drove from Jacksonville, FL to South Florida via I-95 and back up the West Coast via I-75, thru Alligator Alley, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Ocala. I choosed to travel via the Ocala country roads to get a feel for handling the small hills and curvy roads which led me back to Jacksonville, FL. That was about a 1200 mile weekend getaway. The entire trip was very pleasant and the handling was very good. Yes, it a bigger vehicle and one should not compare this vehicle with your previous sedan, an older model SUV of a different make, or a sports car. It's not a vehichle to break the sound barrier but a vehicle to enjoy. Consider the TDI (Diesel) model since the fuel is no more expensive, and many times less expensive, than 93 Octane. I'm 45 years old and have owned Porche, BMW and various Audi models. My take for anyone that is trying to make a decision on any car is too choose based on your actual lifestyle and budget. All cars do well with proper maintenance. So drive what you like and if you wish to own a luxury brand and your budget does not allow for it then consider buying Certified Pre-Owned for greater warranty. Certified Pre-Owned vehicles offer great value and will certainly make your financial advisor or your significant other happier knowing that you have made a sound decison. Good luck on your selection. - Raul"
18 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Q7 Fan (CA) on Friday, January 04, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Totally worth the price."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This luxury SUV is not only beautiful inside and out, it handles incredibly well, has great power and is doesn't feel like you are driving a bus. The technology in the SUV is state of the art with cameras, voice navigation,heated steering and seats and a bunch of other gadgets. The panarama sunroof is wonderful."
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Jkim (CA) on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Sporty, Reliable, Great Looking"
Cons: "Small 3rd Row Seating, Gas Guzzler"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I love my 2008 Q7. I drive the 3.6 and it has been very reliable. With any German car it is all about maintaining the car. I have not had any serious issues just minor ones from normal wear and tear. I have the SLINE with 21" wheels so teh ride isn't too smooth but I am willing to sacrifice the ride quality for looks!"
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Foot (CA) on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to Drive, and great Attention Grabber"
Cons: "It Costs to be the Boss"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This vehicle is everything and more than what I expect in a luxury vehicle. Since I have driven a vehicle from Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, Range Rover and now Audi. Audi by far blows the competition away I love my audi. I own the TDI prestige with air suspension, this is the smoothest ride ive experienced and my wife likes the air suspension so that she can raise the vehicle to drive higher. Mileage is dream come true for and SUV I live in N. CA and took road trip to S.CA (6hour) drive and averaged 30mpg in an SUV. I cant wait to play in the snow in it to see how well the quattro handles. I do not mind paying the maintenance fees because I enjoy what I am paying, value protecting my vehicle, and that pleasure matters most to me."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Jpat0973 (OH) on Friday, August 24, 2012
I owned and sold this car
Reason: quality, ride, fit - My approximate mileage is 55,000
Pros: "good looks"
Cons: "noisy, quirky, slow, poor quality, high maint cost"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"To put it nicely, I would choose a different vehicle. I owned this car for a year and was astounded at the technical, engineering, quality and performance deficiencies in this car. The ride quality was below what I would expect for an entry level SUV. Every crack or ripple in the pavement could shake a filling out of your teeth. I get "sport" suspension- this was something else. Every seem, seat joint and panel in the interior rattled when you hit a bump- which obviously was often. The MMI system controls are clumsy and far too attention grabbing to be safe. They are also located directly in front of the cupholders yet have no gusseting to prevent the smallest of spills to fry the entire MMI system that runs every feature in the car. There are numerous engineering flaws- one example is the sun roof drain tubes often become deformed and leak into the dashboard and spare tire compartment (which is where the power amp to run the car is located- a $5000 repair that they will not cover). The heated windshield washer tubes still freeze if it's under 20 degrees F. It's extremely noisy. Maintenance is in some other world from the rest of the luxury market. Routine maintenance is double that of a Mercedes- basic service (glorified oil change)is $450 and 20K mile service (oil change plus plugs and wires...plugs and wires???) is upwards of $700. Seat leather was becoming loose and shiny. In summary, this wouldn't have met a Hyundai owner's expectations. I'm astounded that there are so many glowing reviews...was this their first luxury SUV and they don't know what they're missing??? I switched to a MB GL450 and it is everything the Q7 should be."
19 people out of 25 found this review helpful