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.
Having received a mild exterior freshening in 2010, this year's changes are highlighted by two versions of the 3.0-liter V6 engine (272 horsepower in Premium and Premium Plus, 333 horsepower in S Line Prestige) and the addition of an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic. This, along with a few equipment and cosmetic tweaks, sums up the changes to an aging platform.
The Q7 receives a slight exterior freshening, with a new grille, lights, mirrors and lower panels. LED daytime running lamps are added to V8 models, while all trims receive LED tail lamps and turn signals. The Luxury Package gains ventilated front seats.
The 2015 Audi Q7 is a handsome, poised and polished 7-passenger luxury SUV. It not only delivers when it comes to pampering passengers and impressing the neighbors, its lineup of three engines gives everyone an option, coupled with a taut and adjustable suspension that makes this big SUV fun to drive. You can choose between two different supercharged V6 engines, or opt instead for the turbocharged V6 diesel for excellent fuel economy. Audi's industry-leading quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard on all Q7 models. The sleek styling is subtle from most angles, and even the oversized grille doesn't seem so shocking these days. Unfortunately, the exterior styling hides an interior short on 3rd-row and cargo space.