Every year, Car and Driver runs their “10Best” segment, where they choose the ten best cars that are currently on sale. Obviously. Among C&D’s 10Best SUVs, the Audi Q7 made the list and was considered the “Best Mid-Size Luxury SUV”.
“In our final analysis, this is the most well rounded, high-value and trustworthy SUV in its segment. Maybe in all SUV-dom.” said C&D.
“The Audi Q7 delivers what our customers expect from a luxury seven-passenger SUV, including a striking design, benchmark connectivity, infotainment and driver assistance technologies and exceptionally competent driving dynamics,” said Filip Brabec, vice president, Product Management, Audi of America. “It is an honor for the Q7 to be recognized as a Car and Driver 10Best for the third year in a row, and it demonstrates the Audi expertise in crafting luxury SUVs.”
It isn’t perfect, obviously. It’s still a hefty thing, weighing in at just under 5,000 lbs. So the base model engine, the 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, is just too weak to move it with any sort of enthusiasm. So the only good engine option is the 3.0T, which is actually a supercharged V6 that makes 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. It’s not the best engine in Audi’s current lineup but it’s more than enough for the Q7.
What makes the Audi Q7 special, though, is the way it drives. “You can feel those more expensive utes in the Q7’s comportment. On its optional performance tires, the Q7 outgrips and outbrakes its three-row luxury-SUV competition. But even on all-season rubber, a four-wheel-steering-equipped Q7 feels low and lithe and ready for action—a large-format GTI, if you will. Available air springs help it adapt to every road surface and radius. Thus equipped, the Q7 asks no on-road compromise for its surprising off-road competence.” said C&D.
It also sports a fantastic interior, as-standard three-row seating and gobs or practicality. As far as mid-size SUVs go, it’s hard to beat the Q7. Impressive, considering it’s the oldest car in the segment.