2017 Audi Q7 first drive
Audi has completely redesigned its Q7 for the 2017 model year, and it’s an important vehicle in the lineup thanks to the three rows of seating. It’s gone a bit away from the SUV styling to look more like a mega-wagon, and we’re okay with that. Additionally, it’s packing tons of features and there’s a whole heaping of tech-focused options to be checked off. Starting to sound expensive? Well, it’s not as bad as you might think actually.
The Q7 is launching with just one powertrain, a 3.0-liter TFSI. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive system, and it delivers 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
The pricing discussion begins with the base Premium trim. This will set you back $55,750. Jump to the mid-level Premium Plus and you’re paying $59,750. If you climb all the way up to the range-topping Prestige Plus, you’ll need to cough up $65,250 for the keys. All prices include a $950 destination charge.
Along the way you’ll have access to the Audi virtual cockpit display, a variety of active traffic safety features, a night vision mode that detects people and large animals in the dark, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system that packs 1,920 watts and pumps the tunes out to 23 speakers.
It’s a lot of vehicle for a relatively smart price, and since it’s also a great drive we think it will be just as popular as its predecessor. Rivals include the Acura MDX which starts at less than $44k, the XC90 which can be had for about $50k, and the new Mercedes-Benz GLS which will likely start well over $60k.