A couple of years ago, we tested the pre-facelift Audi Q7 3.0T Quattro and it was a car we liked a lot. In fact, even until recently, I personally thought it was among the best premium SUVs on the market and I still love the way it looks. So we’ve been very interested in seeing if the new facelift has made the car any better.
Recently, Car and Driver had the chance to find out, testing the newly updated 2020 Audi Q7 55 TFSI. That ’55’ in its name represents its new 3.0 liter turbocharged V6, which replaces the old 3.0 liter supercharged V6.
The old supercharged engine was a great one, with a healthy powerband and charismatic sound. However, it was incredibly thirsty and this new turbocharged one is more fuel efficient. Or at least that’s what Audi intended. In reality, the new engine is actually less fuel efficient than the old supercharged one. Though, in exchange, it does make the Q7 an entire second faster to 60 mph than the old engine.
On top of being faster, the newly facelifted Audi Q7 has some slightly updated looks, both front and rear, as well as some meaningful updates to its interior. So it gets the same new MMI Touch Response screen as the Q8 and A8, as well as the touchscreen climate controls. So the cabin has been updated to match the latest and greatest Audis in the lineup.
With those new looks, interior and quicker acceleration, the facelifted Audi Q7 seems to be capable of competing with even its newest rivals. Sure, it’s based on the oldest car in the segment but it was such a good basis, one that felt competitive until the day it was refreshed. So this new car should absolutely stack up against its new competitors.
[Source: Car and Driver]