For 2013, the full-size Audi Q7 seven-passenger/three-row SUV returns with a number of updates. The V-8 engine option has been dropped, replaced by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 with two power levels. Base engines are rated at 280 horsepower, while the upgraded version is rated 333 horsepower. Audi uses an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. A V-6 TDI diesel rated at 225 horsepower is also available, and it’s a good choice for trailerists with 406 pound-feet of torque. The diesel is also EPA rated 17/25 mpg city/highway. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive is standard on all models of the Q7 and offers excellent traction is slippery conditions.
Inside the roomy interior you’ll find rich leather, suede, and wood, for a warm and refined environment. The cabin is comfortable, too, with front seats suited to tall occupants and a second row that is adult-sized as well. The third row is best-suited to children or pets, though, with less leg room. Both the second and third rows fold down, yielding a total of 88 cubic feet of cargo space, reached via a power-operated tailgate. A large sunroof also brightens the interior.
Available safety equipment includes a lane-departure warning system, rearview camera, and blind-spot warning. Available upgrades include a Bang & Olufsen audio system, plus an internet-connected MMI interface with navigation, Google Earth, local search, and WiFi hotspot capability.
A firm, well-controlled ride comes from the four-wheel independent suspension and an air-ride system lets the driver choose sport, comfort, and automatic modes to suit driving conditions. Tow ratings up to 6,600 pounds are available with the right equipment.