2015 Audi Q7 Rating Breakdown
2015 audi q7
EPA est City/Hwy
19/28
Starting at
$53,400
Engine
3.0L Diesel
Power
240 hp

Starting at

$53,400

Engine

3.0L Diesel

Power

240 hp

City/Hwy

19/28

Seats

7


The Car Connection Expert Review
Bengt Halvorson

Bengt Halvorson

Senior Editor, Green Vehicles

DISLIKES
  • Total cargo a little disappointing in such a large vehicle
  • Fuel efficiency isn't great in gasoline versions
  • It's heavy, and feels like it
  • Prices can rise quickly with options
audi q7 2015

The 2015 Audi Q7 looks elegant and upscale on the outside, smart and nicely trimmed on the inside.

The 2015 Audi Q7 is both sleek and understated, considering its size. Some may not appreciate its oversized grille, but others will likely consider a dash of necessary personality on an otherwise subtle full-size crossover.

Subtle without looking stodgy, the Audi Q7 marries a sexy silhouette with quietly rendered details. It has some of the best proportions in its class. That grille? Yep, it's a big one, and it makes an emphatic style statement that we think is too strong, but we've gotten used to it. The shape is low and long, and the details all color the Q7 to give it a very modern look, even years since it was introduced. This year the Q7 has an option for new 19-inch wheels; 20s are available, even 21s if you prefer a hot look over a smooth ride.

Few automakers do as well as Audi at fusing rich materials with a state of the art look. The Q7's leather, wood, metal, and suede come off refined and warm. The clusters of buttons that control its audio and climate are fussy, but overall the cabin has a top-notch look, with fit and finish that casts a long shadow over its German rivals.

The 2015 Audi Q7 looks elegant and upscale on the outside, smart and nicely trimmed on the inside.

We think the turbodiesel works best with the character of the 2015 Q7; otherwise it drives lighter than most three-row vehicles.

Audi sells three Q7 SUVs, all with standard all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic.

The three engine choices include a 333-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, and a lower-output version of the same engine rated at 280 hp. A turbodiesel V-6 is offered, too.

The diesel is the slowest, but Audi says it's still good for 0-60 mph runs of 7.7 seconds. The 333-hp Q7? It's pegged at 6.9 seconds.

We prefer the turbodiesel for its strong torque and its 28-mpg highway fuel economy rating. It can tow up to 6,500 pounds, and it's fun to drive.

No matter which Q7 you buy, Audi's SUV has an uncommon carlike feel. Traction is always under control with standard all-wheel drive; the ride quality is excellent, thanks to an air suspension that has choices between sport, comfort, and automatic tune. Steering actually has some feedback; it has a confident, well-weighted feel.

We think the turbodiesel works best with the character of the 2015 Q7; otherwise it drives lighter than most three-row vehicles.

The Q7 wraps passengers in a lovely cocoon; otherwise the second and third rows are a great kids' zone.

There's little to complain about inside the 2015 Audi Q7, thanks to it spacious cabin for adults and kids alike, but it can become expensive as you add options.

Extremely comfortable, inviting, and warm, the Q7's interior is suitable for adults and kids. You just have to be careful where they sit.

Adults will find the front seats almost therapeutic. Firm and well-bostered, they have enough cushioning for drivers with long legs, plenty of upper-leg suport, and the bolsters they need to hold drivers in place for the freeway on-ramps and back roads of their choice. They'd be nearly as happy in the second row; the seats are flatter, but still supportive, and they're bathed in light from the panoramic sunroof.

The third-row seat is strictly for kids. It's tough to get in it, for starters, and leg and head room are barely enough for pre-teens.

Audi's made the second- and third-row seats a fold-away affair. With both rows lowered, the Q7 has 88 cubic feet of storage space, all accessible behind a power-lifting tailgate. The cargo floor sits rather high, so the Q7 doesn't quite have the interior space it looks like it might, but it's satisfyingly big for families.

The Q7 wraps passengers in a lovely cocoon; otherwise the second and third rows are a great kids' zone.

The Audi Q7 has a great record for safety -- so don't let the lack of recent crash-test results discourage you.

Thanks to its stout construction and long list of standard and available safety features, the 2015 Audi Q7 earns excellent safety ratings.

The IIHS gives the Q7 good scores for most tests, but hasn't put it through the difficult small-overlap frontal impact test yet.

All Q7s can be fitted with more than the usual airbags, as rear-seat sidebags are an option. So are blind-spot monitors and lane-departure warnings. Outward vision is good, but the Q7's thick rear pillars don't go unnoticed.

The Audi Q7 has a great record for safety -- so don't let the lack of recent crash-test results discourage you.


With Google Earth maps and in-car wireless, the Q7 most of the features you want -- leaving any extra room for its standout trims and other cosmetic upgrades.

The 2015 Audi Q7 stands out in its niche, with a leading set of standard and available features.

Base versions have all the usual power features, leather trim, and 18-inch wheels. Upper trim levels add heated seats and steering wheel, power tilt/telescope steering, and a panoramic sunroof.

From there, the Q7 can be fitted with plush things like Bang & Olufsen audio, navigation, a knob-controlled infotainment system, and in-car wireless data with Google Earth mapping.

Audi's MMI interface can be tricky to use. It needs more redundant buttons for commonly used functions, and its command structure isn't always easy to navigate with its control puck.

With Google Earth maps and in-car wireless, the Q7 most of the features you want -- leaving any extra room for its standout trims and other cosmetic upgrades.

You'll find plenty of upside in the TDI version of the 2015 Audi Q7

The diesel stands out as the most efficient engine available in the 2015 Audi Q7, while the others are simply fine.

Those gasoline versions rate 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, while the TDI diesel scores a more impressive 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

We have nothing against the base 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, making 280 horsepower, and the S line's more sharply-tuned 333-hp version. It's just that the 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V-6, which was recently reengineered this year, is just about as much fun. Even if you go by the official 0-60 mph numbers (7.7 seconds to 60 mph), it's just as fast as the base engine, while being considerably skimpier on fuel during highway trips. And compared to either of the gasoline engines, it makes towing look effortless.

You'll find plenty of upside in the TDI version of the 2015 Audi Q7


Fuel Economy Information

Ratings Based on 6 cyl, 3.0 L, 8-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic

22

Combined

4.5 gals/100 miles

19

City


28

Highway

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