When the second-generation Audi Q7 finally made its debut, it was a long time coming. The first-gen, while impressive for its time, was getting old and in need of replacement. But with such good competitors on the market, such as the current BMW X5, Range Rover and Mercedes-GLE-Class, it had to be damn good. And it was.
Car and Driver has been doing some very in-depth car reviews lately, going through every nook and cranny and giving it a rating out of five stars. Then, it gets an overall star rating based on those scores. It’s a great way to learn about a car in its entirety, rather than just reading about its performance figures and spec-sheet stats. C&D’s most recent in-depth review’s subject was the brand new Audi Q7. So how do they feel about it?
Well, considering it received five out of five stars, we’d say that they like it quite a bit. Of the two engine options in America — the 2.0T four-cylinder and 3.0T V6 — C&D says to choose the larger supercharged V6. Its 333 hp and eight-speed automatic make easy work of higher speeds. It also sounds good, with an angry, yet subdued, snarl. Plus, being supercharged there’s no turbo-lag. But it isn’t just the Q7’s powertrain that makes it worthy of a perfect star rating.
Inside, the Audi Q7 is lined with luxury and technology, some of the best in the business. The Q7’s cabin is genuinely a lovely place to sit. If you get the, admittedly pricey, $9,500 Prestige bundle, it comes with enough luxury amenities to satisfy an oil Sheikh. It also gets Audi’s latest MMI infotainment system, which is one of the best in the business and comes with the ultra-slick Virtual Cockpit and a full-color head-up display.
The Audi Q7 also comes as-standard with three-row seating and enough room for seven passengers. Admittedly, those last two passengers in the third row need to be rather small. But it can still seat seven and the third row has power-folding capability. So it’s great as a family car as well.
With great looks, a genuinely luxurious cabin, a fantastic powertrain and enough practicality for any family, the Audi Q7 is a superb all-around car. Car and Driver even said it’s the best car in its class.