Just as with the pre-facelift Audi Q7, the newly facelifted car will also be getting an entry-level model packing a turbocharged four-cylinder. While maybe not the most potent of engines, the 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the Q7 will make 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, helping it hit 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. That’s fast enough for most customers and also provides a smaller, more palatable sticker price.
What isn’t much smaller is its standard equipment list. While obviously less well-equipped than the V6 model as-standard, the entry-level Audi Q7 45 TFSI (we don’t get it, either) packs enough standard kit to make most customers happy.
For instance, it still gets LED headlights and taillights and 19-inch wheels in its $54,800 starting price tag. So it will still look snazzy, even if it’s a bit cheaper. Inside, the new dual-touchscreen MMI Touch Response infotainment system is standard fare, as is the latest version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. Though, to get live Google Maps in the Virtual Cockpit, you still need the Audi Connect PRIME subscription.
The Audi Q7 45 TFSI doesn’t skimp on safety tech, either. Included in that base price are adaptive cruise assist with traffic jam and turn assist, as well as Audi side assist with rear cross-traffic assist. It also gets a top view camera system with virtual 360 surround view as-standard, which is a necessity when parking modern (massive) SUVs.
While the base price for the four-pot Audi Q7 is under $55,000 for Premium trim, the Premium Plus trim will set you back $57,200. There is no Prestige trim level on the entry-level Q7, so for that you’ll have to step up to the V6-powered car.
In all honesty, unless you really just want to get into a Q7 for as cheap as possible, the bigger V6 is worth the extra money. Not only is it more powerful and better equipped but it will also end up being more fuel efficient in the real world. Sure, the little four-banger gets better fuel economy numbers on paper in perfect conditions but its lack of power will make it struggle to move such a heavy car at real-world speed, thus making it work harder and burn more fuel. In fact, a lot of modern entry-level luxury cars struggle with smaller engines for similar reasons.
The Audi Q7 3.0T is a great car and one that’s probably worth the extra money over this new four-cylinder sibling. Though, if you don’t care about that and just want the big Q7 for as cheap as possible, this new four-cylinder version seems pretty good for the money.