2014 Audi Q7 TDI, with its diesel engine, has the best mileage
among the Q7 performance SUVs: 19 mpg city/28 highway.
Audi’s Q7 is
a performance SUV with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a
third-row seat to haul up to seven passengers.
It sports a
bolder version of the signature Audi single-frame grille. The slope
of the roofline to the rear and the curvy shape of the wraparound
tailgate make the Q7 appear smaller and more coupe-like.
The Q7 offers
two supercharged V-6 gasoline models and one clean-diesel model,
with eight-speed automatic transmissions, priced from $47,700 to
$60,900. The turbocharged 3.0-liter gas engines produce 280 and 333
horsepower and have EPA ratings of 16 mpg city/22 highway.
But for the
best fuel economy, the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine, with its 240
horsepower and 406 foot-pounds of torque, brings 19 city/28 highway.
For this review, I tested the diesel, and averaged 23.5 mpg, driving
mostly on the highway and rural neighborhood roads.
My TDI Clean
Diesel Q7 was Glacier White Metallic with chrome accents and a
finely crafted black leather interior trimmed in brushed aluminum.
A sueded black
Alcantara headliner with topstitching was an option, replacing the
black fabric headliner that was part of the S Line package.
The S Line
package included the brushed aluminum accents, distinctive front and
rear bumpers and side valances, S Line badging and doorsills, S Line
three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters, and headlight
For 2014, the
Q7 features standard Xenon-plus headlights and offers upgraded
wheels. My Q7 had optional 21-inch, five-segment, spoke-design
wheels mounted with summer tires.
linear LED daytime running lights get the Q7 noticed from daylight
to dark; and faster-illuminating LED taillights are designed to give
vehicles behind more response time.
headlights rotate up to 15 degrees as the vehicle turns into a curve
or corner, really helpful in the country where there are few
streetlights. My Q7 also had a corner-view camera system, part of an
optional technology package that included adaptive cruise control.
The Q7 is
versatile as well as attractive, with up to 72.5 cubic feet of cargo
space and two rows of folding seats — 40/20/40 in the second row
and 50/50 in the third row.
second row was simple using a lever on the side of the seat cushion.
Folding and raising the third row was more difficult, requiring a
long reach from the tailgate or the second row. With all the seats
folded, the cargo floor was flat and wide enough for plywood or
The second row
reclined, moved fore and aft to allow passengers access to the third
row bench seat, and had a pass-through to allow long narrow items to
be loaded even with passengers in the second row. Cargo space behind
the third row was limited to 10.9 cubic feet, still plenty of space
for weekly shopping or luggage for an overnight trip.
The third row
was suitable for children or small, nimble adults, in part due to
the sloping rear roofline. Both rows of seats had anchors and
tethers for child safety seats.
lots of safety features: driver and front passenger frontal air bags
and seat-mounted side air bags, side-curtain air bags for all three
rows; first- and second-row outboard three-point seatbelts with
automatic pretensioning; front and rear crumple zones; and
active/passive rollover protection.
rollover protection recognizes an impending rollover — when the
driver attempts to avoid an obstacle or turns a corner too quickly
— and applies brakes as needed to resist, steers and adjusts the
suspension where needed to keep the car as stable as possible.
rollover protection, depending on the type and severity of a
side-impact collision, triggers the appropriate protective device,
which may be the belt pretensioner, or side and head air bags.
My Q7 was
upgraded to the Prestige level with a $12,000 package. The package
included four-zone climate control (two in the front, two in the
second row), cooled front seats (with driver memory); Audi advanced
key with pushbutton start; Audi side assist; manual side window and
tailgate sunshades; power-adjustable steering column (with memory);
auto-dimming power-folding, heated exterior mirrors; Audi MMI
Navigation Plus with voice control; Audi parking system with
rearview camera; Audi connect with online services; and deep-tint
panoramic sunroof (with power sunshade in the front and manual
sunshade in the rear).
package comes with a Bose sound system, but ours was replaced by a
Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system. The system provided
excellent sound, even on the AM/FM bands, with 14 speakers and 1,001
watts. The system offered three sound focus choices — movie,
front, and rear. The movie setting was amazing, with sound coming
from every direction.
comes with Google Earth 3-D imagery for the navigation screen; and
Wi-Fi hotspot and 3G connections for passengers allow two tablets to
connect at the same time. The Google Earth image was very helpful
for finding my way around unfamiliar areas where programming a
destination would be impossible.
Plus with MMI touch and voice control is essentially the nerve
center of the vehicle, with access to navigation, interior
functions, entertainment and ride dynamics. In the few days I had to
experiment, I found the system somewhat cumbersome and confusing,
with multiple steps needed to perform simple functions such as
adjusting the temperature of the heated seats. Fortunately, Audi
offers video tutorials for almost all vehicle functions or systems,
and someone who has the car long-term would learn how to operate
My tester also
came with optional adaptive air suspension. The system offers five
driving modes: comfort, dynamic, automatic, off road and lift. The
first three are designed for driving on the open road, while the
last two are for off-road driving.
best for long-distances; dynamic provides a sportier driving
experience with a lower ground clearance, which also reduces drag
and improves fuel efficiency; automatic is best for everyday
driving. Off road and lift raise the ground clearance height for
negotiating rough terrain.
Storage in the
Q7 was somewhat limited, with one open cupholder on the armrest at
the driver’s elbow and one covered cupholder behind the driver’s
elbow, a small tray under the armrest and a small cubby under the
small tray. The glovebox was small and opened using a button beside
the video screen. I found this to be puzzling, along with the
location of the trip computer control switches on the wiper stalk.
The Audi Q7 is
very attractive and gets lots of attention, comfortable for at least
the front five passengers, easy to drive and powerful enough for
whatever you need it to do. Q7 is pre-wired for a trailer hitch and
can tow up to 6,600 pounds.
2014 AUDI Q7