As you’re likely well aware by now, the Audi Q7 received a massive facelift for the 2020 model year in the United States. YouTube star Doug DeMuro decided to check out what’s new with the luxury SUV and borrowed one from Audi South Coast in southern California to review for his second channel, at More Doug DeMuro.
He went with the midrange variant equipped with the 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine delivering 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque. It slots between the base four-cylinder variant and the range-topping SQ7 with its gasoline V8 unit. It’s worth mentioning that while the six-cylinder model kicks off at $60,800, this particular vehicle has a sticker price of nearly $76,000 due to several options.
The review starts off with him checking out the dual touchscreen layout inside the cabin where the dashboard has been massively reworked. No more buttons and knobs for the climate controls as their functions have been baked into a secondary display mounted lower on the center console. It’s a setup you’ll also find in the A6 through A8 models, as well as in the Q8, E-Tron, and E-Tron Sportback SUVs.
Doug DeMuro is a fan of the dual-screen setup and also finds the latest Audi Virtual Cockpit to be “fantastic,” calling it the best in the business. Moving in the back, we’re being reminded about how spacious the Audi Q7 is for rear occupants and how passengers have their own touch-operated climate control settings.
One nifty feature of the BMW X5 competitor is the possibility to fold down the rearmost seats from the middle row as well as from the trunk. You can also electrically raise them back up, which will come in handy whenever someone wants to sit in the third row. There’s not much space back there, which is why we’d argue Audi should come out with a bigger SUV to fully rival the X7 and Mercedes GLS.
Doug DeMuro ultimately gets behind the wheel of the premium SUV and finds it oh-so-familiar, save for the additional tech added with the mid-cycle facelift. The V6 makes the 2020 Q7 “reasonably quick,” but he’s worried the entry-level $54,800 four-cylinder variant might not have enough oomph to move such a large and heavy vehicle. As a reminder, the base engine is a 2.0 TFSI with 248 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm). Jump to the hot SQ7 and you’ll pay $84,800 for a twin-turbo V8 delivering 500 hp and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm).
The 2020 Audi Q7 review ends with the typical Doug Score, with the updated SUV gaining an extra point over the pre-facelift model for a grand total of 59. While he’s impressed with the facelift, the vehicle is near the bottom of the list compared to other big luxury SUVs, although not all of them are necessarily direct rivals.