Car and Driver reviews Audi Q7 2.0T

It seems as if most people are fans of the new, second-generation Audi Q7. Whether it be car enthusiasts, journalists or customers, the Q7 is making fans across the globe. Much of that praise has to do with the Q7’s engines, which is mostly excellent. The 3.0 liter supercharged V6 petrol engine and 3.0 TDI turbo-diesel V6 are both superb powerplants that give the Q7 some of the best performance and efficiency in its class. But what about the base model Audi Q7 2.0T?

Can a massive, three-row SUV be any good with a tiny little turbocharged four-cylinder engine be any good? Car and Driver finds out in this new review.

In the base-model Audi Q7, you only get a 2.0 liter turbo-four with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. In the Audi A4, it’s a great engine. In the big, heavy Q7, though, you’d figure it’d be a bit in over its head. However, C&D claims it to be better than anticipated.

From 0-60 mph, the Q7 2.0T can do the sprint in 7.0 seconds flat. That’s not great but it’s better than a three-row SUV with a small turbo-four should be able to do. C&D thanks Audi’s extensive use of aluminum in the chassis of the Q7. It’s even a very smooth engine that fits the luxurious nature of the big Audi.

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It does have some downfalls, though. With quite a lot of turbo-lag, rolling acceleration can take a bit and overtaking maneuvers can be tricky. It’s also not as good on gas as you’d hope from such a small engine, thanks to it being tasked with carrying such a heavy vehicle and constant heavy throttle applications to get it moving.

What stays the same between the Q7 lineup is its great handling, comfy ride and slick cabin. From the helm of the Q7, you can drive it however you like and it will respond in kind. So drive quickly and it will reward with sharp steering inputs, accurate responses and almost fun handling, for such a big car. Drive it slowly and softly and it will be an excellent luxury car.

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Inside the cabin, passengers are met with a stellar cabin that features a superb design and some of the best tech in the business.

Overall, the Audi Q7 2.0T is a fine SUV, especially considering that it comes in at a good price. You can get a loaded model for under $60,000, which isn’t bad considering all of the luxury and tech you get. However, if you get a Q7 2.0T, only do it for the cost savings and not the fuel savings, as it’s not going to get much better mpg than the Q7 3.0T and the latter engine is far better to drive.

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.