By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 8.0
In the crowded world of luxury SUVs, the 2014 Audi Q7 is truly one of a kind. Handsome, poised and polished, the Q7 not only delivers in the areas of pampering passengers and impressing the neighbors, its powerhouse engine lineup and taut handling make it joy to drive. Two amazing supercharged V6 gasoline engines and one turbodiesel combine with standard quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) to move the Q7 around smartly yet efficiently, in any weather, on any road. The Q7's exterior styling is subtle but distinctive, with a wide grille and rounded corners. Unfortunately, that same styling creates a somewhat snug interior, most noticeable in the 3rd-row seat and rear cargo area.
If you're an Audi loyalist with a growing family, the 2014 Audi Q7 will give you everything you love about your A4 or A6 in a vehicle true to the standards you expect. Excellent fuel economy, a proven safety record and standard AWD don't hurt, either.
If you don't need a 3rd-row seat, there are smaller, nimbler and less expensive alternatives than the Q7, including Audi's own Q5.
Changes for the 2014 Audi Q7 are minor. All models now come standard with Xenon Plus headlights, while the Premium Plus models gain Audi's Advance Key keyless entry and push-button start.
Driving Impressions Remaining true to Audi's performance history, engineers gave the 2014 Q7 SUV's quattro AWD a performance-minded rear bias. This means under normal driving about 60 percent of the engine's torque...... is routed to the rear wheels. Still, even with this enhancement, there is no getting away from the Q7's vast bulk and weight. The nimble feel of the smaller Q5 is absent here, although we found the Q7's steering to be responsive and its body inspiringly solid. In fact, the Q7 delivers the kind of driver feedback lacking in vehicles like the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. Audi's adaptive air suspension is a worthwhile option for those seeking a smoother ride or towing heavy loads. Neither the gasoline nor diesel engines are short on power, providing remarkable thrust yet also remarkably good fuel economy.
BANG & OLUFSEN ADVANCED SOUND SYSTEM
With 14 custom-made speakers from the renowned audio brilliance of Bang & Olufsen, the Q7's optional sound system simply needs to be heard to be believed.
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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 Plus 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 2014 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 (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 2014 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 out of the Q7's V6 and includes a 3-panel panorama sunroof and 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 entry-level 2014 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 pumps out 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 you pay for your 2014 Audi Q7. Models range from an MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) of almost $49,000 for the 3.0T Premium to over $66,000 for the TDI Prestige. Adding more options can send high-end 2014 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 Lori on Saturday, July 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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
By vuemont on Monday, June 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,300overall rating 8 of 10rating details
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
By Sjpwildcat on Friday, June 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
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