Audi Q7 makes Car and Driver’s 10Best list for second consecutive year

Ever year for as long as any of us can remember, Car and Driver has been doing a 10Best list for different segments of cars. Last year, the Audi Q7 made the “10Best Mid-Size Luxury Truck & SUV” list and it’s done the same this year. That’s actually a huge deal, as C&D’s 10Best list is a highly coveted award.

“The Audi Q7 offers our customers an exceptional driving experience and the latest connected car applications and driver assistance systems – in addition to comfortable seating for seven passengers,” said Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America. “For the Q7 to emerge as Car and Driver’s 10Best Truck & SUV of the Year further demonstrates how Audi is setting a new benchmark for the luxury SUV segment.”

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C&D felt that the Audi Q7 was a great overall package, one that combined luxury, dynamics, technology and practicality in a way that was better than most other SUVs. According to C&D, its was one of the best to “combine an ability to tackle practical jobs with innovative technologies and luxury trimmings.”

The base Audi Q7 comes with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic. While we love that powertrain in the Audi A4, it’s a bit under-powered for such a big, heavy car. We even felt it to be a bit overwhelmed by the heft of the smaller Audi Q5. However, it is available with a 3.0 liter supercharged V6, which makes 333 hp and is worth the upgrade, as it packs far more punch.

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Key features of the Q7 that wins it top marks with critics and customers alike are things like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, new MMI system and three-row seating. So the Q7 is not only a powerful and luxurious SUV but it also packs state-of-the-art technology and enough space for the whole family. No wonder it made C&D’s 10Best list.

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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.