The previous generation Audi Q7 was a 2015, as the 2016 model year was skipped over in the US market. That model started life at $49,225 in the US, which was pretty good considering everything that came with it. This new 2017 model, however, will start life at $55,750. That’s a not-so-small price bump for a car that’s already in a relatively expensive market. However, you do get quite a lot more car for the money than before. It’s also just a touch less expensive than some of its rivals.
The new Audi Q7 will be built on Volkswagen Group’s new MLB platform, which will be lighter, stiffer, longer and wider. So the new Q7 will have more interior room, be more comfortable, ride better and handle better. It will also come with a suite of new as-standard equipment, such as a panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control and Audi’s PreSense safety suite. We can also tell you that the build quality and interior quality are far ahead of the previous model, so the added cost is justified.
The base, and sole, engine will be Audi’s 3.0 liter Supercharged V6 that develops 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. That engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic and will power all four wheels via Audi’s as-standard Quattro system. Audi had originally planned to launch its 3.0 TDI V6 engine in the US as the base model, but Volkswagen’s diesel scandal has ruined those plans, unfortunately.
This price might be a tad steep for a starting price, but the new Q7 does come with quite a bit of standard features and it does already undercut some of its competitors, namely the BMW X5. The X5 is the Q7’s main competitor at the moment and costs $56,300 for an all-wheel drive model, so just a bit more than the Q7 and it comes with less as-standard equipment.
The new Audi Q7 is actually quite a good deal, as it’s quite a bit of car for the money. The lone engine option is a bit disappointing, but we all know the reasoning behind it and it’s understandable. However, it’s upsetting that the diesel won’t be making it ‘Stateside, as it really is the best engine option.