First seen on the market in 2006, the Audi Q7 was the brand’s first SUV. At the time, it was a great option for the luxury-SUV buyer, offering three rows of seating, a great interior, and a wide variety of gasoline and diesel engines.
However, nearly 10 years later and facing brand-new competition from BMW, Acura, and Mercedes-Benz, the current Audi Q7 is outclassed. To the Q7’s credit, its interior space is one-half a size above the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and although the design is dated, it’s still a stylish, comfortable place to spend time. Audi offers two 3.0L V-6 engines in the current Q7: a turbocharged diesel and a supercharged gasoline motor.
With a brand-new Q7 coming our way for the 2016 model year, we recommend waiting. That SUV will be more spacious inside, with efficiency-boosting improvements like extensive weight loss and downsized engines. Additionally, the new Q7 will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, boosting both performance and fuel economy.