Car and Driver, among other motoring publications, is home to a long-term fleet of new vehicles in which they put through a rigorous amount of tests over the course of 40,000 miles. This usually takes about a year and allows C&D to really understand what a car is all about, put it through a variety of situations and different people’s opinions. It really allows the publication to get a good feel for how good a car truly is. The latest addition to C&D’s long-term fleet is a 2017 Audi Q7.
The previous Audi Q7 to grace C&D’s fleet was the first-gen model but was packing a 3.0 liter TDI V6. Thanks to the pesky diesel scandal that hurt the entire VW Group, Audi no longer sells the Q7 with a diesel engine in America. So C&D had to settle for an Audi Q7 3.0T, which isn’t really a hardship. Champagne problems, really.
For the second-gen Audi Q7, the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 engine makes a healthy 333 hp. Despite being a relatively old engine, the Q7 3.0T is actually quite good. It’s decently quick, getting from 0-60 mph in about 6.3 seconds and returns an average fuel economy of around 19 mpg. Not bad for a 2.5 ton, luxury-lined, supercharged SUV. What impressed even more, though were its performance figures on the skidpad. On its stock Continental ContiSportContact 5 summer tires, the Q7 ripped off .90-g of lateral grip and braked from 70 mph to 0 in just 155 ft. That bested C&D’s long-term Mazda MX-5 with summer tires and that car only weighs around 2,300 lbs.
Inside, the Audi Q7 packs impressive luxury and technology, giving it one of the best cabins in its class, if not the very best. Audis have traditionally been praised for their exceptional build quality, so let’s see how well this Q7’s cabin holds up over the course of a year with Car and Driver’s team of journalists.