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The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV designed by Audi. The Q denotes a new family of vehicles for Audi, designated the 7 in its placement between the A6 and A8. The Q7 is available now, sharing its platform with the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. Based on the Pikes Peak Quattro concept car, the Q7 is designed more for on-road use than its Volkswagen cousin. It lacks the Touareg's locking differentials and low-range transfer case but gains a third-row seating option. The production model was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January, 2006.

Audi's 350 hp (261 kW), 325 ft·lbf (441 N·m) 4.2 L (4163 cc) V8 and 280 hp (209 kW) 3.6 L V6 engines will be offered, with a 233 hp (174 kW) Diesel V6 making up the bulk of the sales in Europe. Rumors point to a high performance variant of the SUV, possibly the QS7, launched later as well.

Insider rumors suggest that Audi and Maserati will be teaming up with Frederik Laboyrie a key mechanic at Noble to enhance the Audi "quattro" state of the art all wheel drive for the Maserati 4.2 V8 engine and platform of the Quattroporte. Audi would also be building the Maserati Kubang SUV on its already shared platform of the Q7.

In early 2005, Nissan sued Audi over the use of the letter "Q" as a model name. Audi is using the "Q" for the designation of Quattro, all wheel drive, that it has been placed in production cars for over twenty-five years. Nissan's Infiniti marque had been using Q as the name for sedans (the Q45) and SUVs (the QX4 and QX56) since 1989.

The air suspension settings, along with many other features, can be changed via the MMI interface.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Audi Q7 Review.

Recent Changes[]

  • On Apr 14, 2009, Audi unveiled the Q7's first mid-cycle facelift on the internet. Aesthetically, the changes are very subtle, with exterior tweaks focused only on lighting, tailgate and paint colors. The headlamps, taillamps and foglamps are now completely decked in LEDs while the front and rear bumpers receive a subtle re-sculpting. Inside, the new Q7 is more of the same, albeit, the trim has been updated with more wood. The biggest news for the refresh however is the introduction of the third generation MMI infotainment system which now features 3D Navigation, a joystick controller and Voice Command. Under the hood, again, the Q7 is unchanged for the US market. That said, the optional 4.2-liter TDI V8, available only for the EU market, gets a power upgrade to 340 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque and a 2.6 mpg improvement in fuel consumption. [1]
  • Audi has announced a range-topping variant of the Q7 called the Q7 V12 TDI for 2008/2009. This new model will be equipped with a 6.0 litre TDi Diesel V12 that pumps out 500 hp and a massive 1000 Nm of torque. Obviously, to differentiate from the pedestrian "regular" Q7 cosmetic changes abound. This super SUV has larger airdams to facilitate cooling topped by single rows of LEDs, carbon ceramic brakes peer through 21 inch wheels, Alcantara adorning the headliner, TV screens breaking up acres of leather, carbon fibre trim replace wood and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. [2]

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The Q7 V12 TDI with a 1000 Nm oil-burning V12.

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Hybrid Models[]

Audi used to be developing a hybrid version of the Q7. Remaining a concept, details have since been released during Audi’s TechDay 2007 seminar in late august of that year [3].

The powertrain would be a parallel hybrid system utilizing a 34 kW three-phase synchronous electric motor connected to a 280 hp (206 kW) 3.6L V6 FSI petrol engine through a separating clutch. The electric motor produces an extra 285Nm (210 lb-ft) of torque, and can can run up to 50 km/h for a distance of two kilometers, in addition to the internal combustion engine’s 375Nm (277 lb-ft). 100 km/h runs are reached in 7.6 seconds and acceleration from 60 to 120 km/h in fifth gear is just under 12 seconds. Although the vehicle will weigh 2,480 kg, average fuel-consumption has been tapped at 24mpg (9.8L/100 km).

The project was canned in August 2008.

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Second generation (Typ 4M; 2015)[]

The second generation Audi Q7 was unveiled in January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The diesel- and petrol-powered versions were released for retail sales in 2015, followed shortly by diesel-powered plug-in hybrid variant, which is sold in Europe, but not in Canada.

The plug-in hybrid, called the Q7 e-tron TDI Quattro, is powered by a 3.0 TDI V6 turbodiesel engine mated with an electric motor-generator placed in the 8-speed automatic gearbox to provide a maximum output power of 190 kW (255 hp) and a maximum torque of 600 N⋅m (443 lbf⋅ft) four-wheel drive. An electronically controlled clutch can disconnect the V6 engine from the rest of the powertrain. The 94 kW (126 hp) electric motor is powered by a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of delivering an all-electric range of 54 to 56 km (34 to 35 mi). The Q7 e-tron produces CO2 emissions between 50 and 48 g/km, and has a fuel consumption of 1.8 to 1.9 l/100 km (160 to 150 mpg‑imp; 130 to 120 mpg‑US) under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The Q7 e-tron accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds in hybrid mode, and 0–60 km/h (0–37 mph) in 6.5 seconds in all-electric mode. Its top speed in hybrid mode is 230 km/h (143 mph) and 135 km/h (84 mph) in electric mode.

Audi announced a Q7 e-tron TFSI at the 2015 Shanghai motor show, developed specially for Asian markets (China, South Korea, Singapore and Japan). Its 2.0 TFSI and electric motor deliver 270 kW (362 hp) and 700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft) of system torque – enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds and for a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph). The standard consumption of 2.5 liters of fuel (94.1 US mpg) corresponds to CO2 emissions of less than 60 grams per kilometer (96.6 g/mi). All-electric range will be up to 53 km (33 mi).

The Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI (1984 cc, 185 kW / 252 hp) is also available in the Russia, United States, Canada, India and the Middle East.

The first units of the diesel-powered Audi Q7 e-tron were registered in Germany in April 2015. Cumulative sales of the plug-in hybrid in Germany totaled 344 units through April 2016.

Due to its large size and poor environmental record, Environmental Action Germany nominated the Audi Q7 Plug-In for their Goldener Geier (Golden Vulture) 2020 award.

2020 facelift[]

The Q7 was revised for 2020, introducing styling tweaks such as a redesigned grille, front and rear bumpers, new side sills, chrome trim for the tailgate and revised exhaust tips. It comes with two-tone paint as standard, which highlights the front splitter, side skirts, wheel arches and rear diffuser in anthracite, a range of mild-hybrid powertrains and refined chassis. Inside, Audi installed a new infotainment system with dual touchscreens. The dashboard and center console were also updated to accommodate the new system.

LED headlights are included as standard, Matrix LEDs or HD Matrix LEDs and Audi Laser Light are offered as additional cost options. The HD Matrix LEDs and Audi Laser Light combine automatic controlled high beam with small laser module in each unit to double the range of the Q7's full beam.

Air suspension as standard (only on Prestige and Technik trims in US and Canada, respectively). Audi has also expanded the Q7's options list to include a new active roll-stabilisation system (only available on SQ7 Prestige and SQ7 in US and Canada, respectively). It provides active anti-roll bars, controlled by a 48-volt electric motor that automatically adjust to reflect the driving style and road conditions.

Three mild-hybrid 3.0-litre V6 powertrains are available, with the choice of two diesels and one petrol. The entry-level 45 TDI diesel produces 228 bhp (170 kW; 231 PS) and 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) of torque with a claimed 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) time of 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph (229 km/h). Mid-range 50 TDI models produce 282 bhp (210 kW; 286 PS) and 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) of torque, delivering a 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h). The 55 TFSI petrol model comes with 335 bhp (250 kW; 340 PS) and 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) of torque, with a claimed 5.6 seconds and a 155 mph (249 km/h) electronically limited top speed. An eco-focused plug-in hybrid 55 TFSI e version will be introduced a few months after initial sales.

Audi also offers a performance-focused SQ7 version, powered by a 429 bhp (320 kW; 435 PS) 4.0-litre V8 turbodiesel with 900 N⋅m (664 lb⋅ft) of torque; it has a claimed 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) time of 4.8 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). The US model will use a V8 engine with the same displacement (shared with the US-market SQ8), albeit fueled by gasoline/petrol and producing 500 bhp (370 kW; 510 PS) and 770 N⋅m (568 lb⋅ft) of torque; it went on sale in late spring 2020.

Sales in the UK started from September 2019.

Now, SQ7 offers a TFSI variant with a 4.0 twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine delivers 500 bhp (370 kW; 510 PS) and 770 N⋅m (568 lb⋅ft) of torque. It accelerates from 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) within 4.3 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 155 mph (249 km/h).

First generation (Typ 4L; 2005)[]


The Q7 (internally designated Typ 4L) utilizes a modified version of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. Previewed by the Audi Pikes Peak quattro concept car, the Q7 is designed more for on-road use, and was not meant for serious off-road use where a transfer case is needed. In an off-road test through the Australian outback it fared well for a "soft roader".

Although it lacks a low-range transfer case, it has quattro permanent four-wheel drive system with a central locking differential, and a self-levelling air suspension with Continuous Damping Control, called Adaptive air suspension, which helps in off-road situations.

Development began in 2002 under the code AU 716, primarily focused on the Pikes Peak Concept. Design work was frozen for the Concept in July 2002, for presentation at the North American International Auto Show in January 2003. Following the introduction of the concept, full-scale development began on Typ 4L of the PL71 platform.

The production design was frozen in late 2003, for a late 2005 start of production. Prototypes went into testing in 2004, with development concluding in the first half of 2005. It introduced the world's only series production passenger car V12 TDI diesel engine. While the Q7 has been the flagship SUV in Audi's product portfolio, a top-of-the-line coupé model, called the Audi Q8, was released for sale in 2018. It debuted in its concept form at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Q7 hybrid (2005)[]

The Q7 hybrid is a concept vehicle using the engine from the 4.2 FSI with an electric motor to provide 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) extra torque, and nickel-metal hydride battery. It has 0–100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 6.8 seconds. The vehicle weighs 2,410 kg (5,313 lb), 140 kg (309 lb) heavier than the petrol counterpart.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Audi reportedly was going to introduce a hybrid version of the Q7 sometime in the future. However, the low US dollar caused Audi to drop the plans for the US market, but stated limited quantities would be available for the commercial market. Audi's research and development chief, Michael Dick, later announced Q7 hybrid would be produced in limited numbers for test purposes only and that development work would focus on a more advanced lithium-ion battery-based hybrid system for the Q5.

Q7 V12 TDI (2008–2012)[]

The V12 TDI engine was "based" on the diesel technology from Audi R10 TDI race car, though both engines are completely unrelated: the bore / stroke / angle of the blocks are different and they do not share a single component. The only twelve-cylinder diesel engine used in any passenger car, it was rated at 500 PS (368 kW; 493 hp) and 1,000 N⋅m (738 lb⋅ft) of torque. This gives the vehicle a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) acceleration time of 5.5 seconds. The Q7 V12 TDI is, according to Audi, the best handling Q7 due to a revised suspension, tires and brakes. Audi claims the Q7 V12 TDI can handle a lateral acceleration of over .9 g on a 300-foot (91 m) skid-pad.

The concept vehicle originally appeared at the 2006 Paris Motor Show.

Audi had announced V12 diesel version for the US market using diesel emission treatment technology jointly developed with Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz under the label "BlueTec". Audi cancelled the plan to federalize the Q7 V12 TDI for the US market due in part to the global financial crisis of 2008.

This V12 version is no longer available for the model year 2013 in anticipation of the cosmetic and mechanical update of Q7 for 2014. The auto listing websites, and, have shown the 2012 model year availability of V12 version.

Facelift (2010–2015)[]

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Exterior changes include new front and rear lights which better incorporate LED lighting with optional LED turn signals and daytime running lights, new wheel designs, chrome accents, four new paint colours, and updated body styling in the front and rear.

A redesigned interior includes a new instrument cluster, new leather seating, ambient door lighting, new interior colour choices, new trim, and the third generation MMI control system.


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Design quirks and oddities[]

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is one of the owners of the Audi Q7.

In the Top Gear Winter Olympics, an Audi Q7 TDI was driven by James May in a biathlon and has beaten Jeremy Clarkson's Volvo XC90.


  • 2007 National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council Secure By Design award

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