Up until now, the only engine offered in the second-generation Audi Q7 in America has been the 3.0 liter supercharged V6. With 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, the 3.0 liter V6 has been an excellent engine at motivating the big, hulking Q7. However, the four-ringed brand has decided to offer Americans a second, lower-spec engine option — the 2.0T turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The only real motivation to go for the Audi Q7 2.0T instead of the 3.0T (Yes it’s 3.0T despite it being supercharged and not turbocharged) is the price. With a base price of $49,950, the Audi Q7 2.0T is $5,800 cheaper than the 3.0T variant. In Premium and Premium Plus trim, the Audi Q7 2.0T will come with all of the same standard equipment as the bigger V6 models. However, there will not be a Prestige trim offered for 2.0T models.
Unfortunately, there is no real fuel economy increase by going for the 2.0T four-cylinder engine. According to the EPA, the Audi Q7 2.0T will only get 20 mph city and 25 mpg highway. That’s only a 1 mph increase for both city/highway mileage. That’s because the 2.0T’s 252 hp is good enough for the A4, but not for the heavy Q7.
We suspect the Q7 2.0T to be quite a bit slower than the 3.0T, as well. That’s a big drop off in power and displacement, so expect the Q7 2.0T to be, putting it kindly, underwhelming. It will also lose much of its towing capacity, dropping from 4,440 lbs to 3,300 lbs.
So the only real reason to go for the four-cylinder Q7 is the base price and good standard equipment. Neither fuel economy or power will wow customers used to the sudden rush of torque from the supercharged ‘six.