Audi Q7 is one of Car and Driver’s Best SUVs for 2019-2020

The current-generation Audi Q7 is actually getting a bit old now. That’s sort of odd, as I remember seeing its debut and thinking it was wildly advanced. Now, most of its competitors are newer, faster, more efficient and more technologically advanced. Yet, it’s still an excellent all-rounder that landed on Car and Driver’s list for the best SUVs for 2019-2020.

More than that, it was named the Best All Around Mid-Size SUV. So not only is it still a good SUV but it’s one of the best and possibly the best in its class.

What makes the Audi Q7, a car that debuted back in 2015, better than cars like the BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, all of which are much newer? According to C&D, “In our eyes, it cuts a dashing figure, and from behind the wheel, it beguiles us with its nimble handling and highly capable supercharged V-6.”

We agree with a lot of what C&D claims, too. Last we tested the Audi Q7 was over a year ago but we were very impressed with how capable and luxurious it is to drive, even when compared with modern competitors. Admittedly, we’ve also driven the new BMW X5 and it’s probably better than the Q7, objectively. But the big Audi is still among the best in the business.

It’s only going to get better, too. Audi is currently working on a facelift for the Q7 and it should be a marked improvement. While it will get a bit smarter looking, the real benefits of the Q7’s facelift will come from its new engine and MMI system.

Rather than the current 3.0 liter supercharged V6, which is quite old now, the new Q7 will likely get the brand’s current 3.0 liter turbocharged V6. It’s a bit laggier but its power is more impressive once the turbo spools and it’s far more efficient.

Inside, it will get a few tweaks and updates, too. Most importantly, it will get the brand’s new Touch Response MMI system, which will likely be similar to the new Audi A4 Facelift’s. So it will likely just get a massive touchscreen mounted on the dash but still have physical climate controls.

It’s impressive that the Audi Q7 still continues to win fans over even after so many newer competitors have debuted. And yet it will get even better after its facelift debuts, which is likely to garner even more praise. So the Q7 might be old but it’s still alive and kicking.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.