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  • Launched in 2015
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2015
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Brilliant seven-seater luxury SUV

Best bits

  • Comfortable and quiet on the road
  • Cabin is practical and great on quality
  • Lots of luxury equipment

Not so great

  • Distracting touchscreen infotainment system
  • PHEV version only has five seats
  • Not much else, really

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Overall verdict on the Audi Q7

"The Q7 is a prime example of what can be achieved through attention to detail. Leave no stone unturned, and great things can happen."

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You see, there isn’t a single area in which Audi’s big seven-seater SUV doesn’t do a thoroughly brilliant job. That’s what makes it the best all-rounder in the class, and for that matter, the best car in the class.


First and foremost, it’s a brilliant family car. It’s among the roomiest cars of its type, with generous space surrounding each of its seven seats, and with so many different options over how much of the space is used for seating and how much is used for cargo, it’s also incredibly versatile. Those on board will also feel spoiled due to the amazing cabin quality and generous luxury kit.


Just as importantly, it’s an ideal family car in the way it drives. On all sorts of roads, the Q7 stays comfortable and quiet, keeping life relaxed and peaceful on every journey.


And despite its impressive comfort, it’s still impressively agile in corners, keeping things safe and settled for passengers, and surprisingly entertaining for the driver. One quick caveat here: the best Q7s ride on air suspension. This was standard on post-facelift cars of 2019 onwards, but optional before that. If you’re buying an earlier car, check it has air suspension fitted, because you definitely want it.


The engines, meanwhile, give an impressive blend of performance, economy and refinement, while lots of safety equipment and a five-star Euro NCAP rating means your family will be well looked after. Any complaints? Well the touchscreen system on post-facelift cars is a bit fiddly and distracting, and the automatic gearbox could be quicker to respond, but other than that, there’s very little to grumble about.


When this car was first launched back in 2015, many members of the motoring press criticised it for being dull, and lacking character. We disagree, but everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Besides, who needs character when you’re absolutely brilliant at everything else? Just look at David Beckham for heaven’s sake...

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Audi Q7

50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 5dr Tiptronic

  • 2020
  • 9,171 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Kings Lynn Audi
  • Norfolk, PE302HY
Price:£53,499
PCP: £733.05/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £733.05, Customer Deposit: £8,024.00, Total Deposit: £8,024.85, Optional Final Payment: £29,485.00, Total Charge For Credit: £9,667.60, Total Amount Payable: £63,166.60, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.88%, Excess Mileage Charge: 13.2ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Audi Q7

50 TDI Quattro S Line 5dr Tiptronic

  • 2020
  • 11,277 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Listers Audi Birmingham
  • Warwickshire, B904BQ
Price:£49,990
PCP: £653.19/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £653.19, Customer Deposit: £7,498.00, Total Deposit: £7,498.50, Optional Final Payment: £26,600.00, Total Charge For Credit: £6,970.15, Total Amount Payable: £56,960.15, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.68%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Audi Q7 right for you?

Ask yourself one question: Do I want arguably the best seven-seat SUV there is? Of course you do. Why wouldn’t you? If that’s the case, then the Audi Q7 is it.


It’s not the biggest car of its type, or the cheapest, or the most practical or the most ergonomically sorted. However, in those areas in which it doesn’t lead the class (there are plenty in which it does, but the way), it’s still right up there with the cars that do. This makes the Q7 an unbelievable all-rounder that’ll slot seamlessly into the daily life of any well-heeled family, instantly making it easier, more relaxing, more comfortable, more entertaining and more sophisticated.


Granted, if you’re after a luxury off-roader with seven seats, rather than an SUV, then the more rugged Land Rover Discovery will suit you better. If you’re like most SUV buyers, though, and you never venture further into the countryside than the car park of your local greengrocer, then the Q7 will be the perfect family car.

What's the best Audi Q7 model/engine to choose?

Whatever vintage of Q7 you’re considering, we’d recommend one of the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engines. The more powerful of the pair is worth paying extra for if you can afford it thanks to its extra muscle and more relaxed performance, but in truth, most drivers will probably be fine with the weaker one.


If you’re considering the older car, then there isn’t much you’d want that the entry-level SE car doesn’t give you, so we’d stick with that to keep the price down. If you can, though, try to find a car with optional air suspension fitted, because it truly transforms how the Q7 behaves on the road. Post-facelift cars had it as standard, so happy days, and again, stick with the entry-level trim, from then on known as the Sport.

What other cars are similar to the Audi Q7?

As a big, luxurious seven-seat SUV, the Q7’s most obvious rivals are the Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery. Obviously, you can’t talk about an Audi offering without mentioning BMW and Mercedes, and although the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE are five-seaters as standard, both are also offered in seven-seat form. 


Step up a level on both size and cost, and you might also consider the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS from the same stables. The Lexus RX-L would also be competing for your custom, while more affordable alternatives include the Peugeot 5008, Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Audi Q7 a good car?

The latest Q7 is not the most distinctive SUV, but it’s incredibly comfortable, luxurious and practical inside, with a huge array of standard equipment and some excellent engines too.

Andy Brady

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Does an Audi Q7 come with seven seats?

Yes. Just like its rivals the Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery, the Q7 has seven seats as standard, but enough space in the third row that even shorter adults will be comfortable. It also comes with six ISOFIX child seat mounting points, for those with two pairs of triplets.

Dan Powell

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Where is the Audi Q7 made?

The current generation of Q7 was launched in 2015, but given a big styling and interior makeover in 2019, however both are built at Volkswagen’s Slovakian facility, in Bratislava.

David Ross

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How much is road tax for an Audi Q7?

The Q7 gets a double sting from the taxman, since its list price starts well above the £40k threshold, attracting an additional £465 per year for the first five years of ownership. For the diesels (which emit 180-184g/km of CO2) you also have to pay £855 in the first year too.

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