When the conversation turns to art, you'll be glad you've got a 2012 Audi Q7 in your garage. As it turns out, when the conversation turns to 5-year resale value, the 7-passenger 2012 Q7 more than holds its own - it's the best luxury SUV in that arena.
Lest you think the Audi is just another pretty face in the luxury-SUV crowd, however, consider this bit of evidence: We've interviewed Audi dealers in Alaska - a state that tends not to baby a vehicle -- and the one comment we universally heard was, "We never have enough Q7s. We can't keep 'em on the lot!"
That's a nice problem to have, but we're not all that surprised that the Alaskan Audi dealers were hungry for Q7s. The Quattro all-wheel drive system is a bad-road/slippery-road superstar, and the Q7 TDI's turbodiesel V6 rolls out 406 lb-ft of stump-pulling torque at a low 2,250 rpm, which is an especially sweet scenario since all three of the 2012 Audi Q7 engines (the TDI as well as the two supercharged V6 models) are enhanced with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
It is a universally acknowledged automotive truth that a driver in possession of a good fortune must be in want of an Audi interior. The Q7 cockpit is just such an interior, bathed in leather and gifted with heated, 12-way power front seats. Unfortunately, that bit about the good fortune holds true as well, although Audi has taken great strides in bringing the 2012 Q7 price into line with the best luxury SUVs, which is an art all by itself.