I don’t try to hide the fact that I like Audi products a lot, and I often recommend the Volkswagen TDI clean diesel to people. I was excited to get my hands on the 2015 Audi Q7 diesel for review. This particular Q7 has the Prestige package, and the S line package, which I will break down for you deeper in the review.
Audi is known for a couple of things-their incredible interiors, and their sensational Quattro all-wheel drive system. My Glacier White press fleet vehicle does not disappoint in either area.
The VW diesel performs like a champ. It is a 3.0-liter V6 hooked to an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission, which when shifted manually, enhances the overall driving experience. One of the things I love about the VW diesel is the torque. This large SUV has 406-pound feet of torque. That results in incredible acceleration from a dead stop. There is an ever so slight hesitation off the line until the turbo kicks in, but it is not a hindrance at all. I can assure you, there is no sound at all from the diesel engine when in the luxurious Q7 cabin.
The Q7 rides on the same platform as Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg, both known to handle great. Although the Q7 is a foot longer than its sister vehicles, it still has superb handling and a gentle ride.
As mentioned earlier, the interior of the Audi is as nice as any you can buy, with rich leather and wood accents. The center stack is well laid out and easy for the driver or passenger to operate all controls through the use of buttons and a central control knob. There is a little learning curve to Audi’s Multi-Media Interface system, but once you get the hang of it, it is fine.
You should be aware that one area I knock the Q7 is the 3rd row seat, it is basically for kids or adults under 5’5” or so. It is also a bit of a pain to access the 3rd row, and operation of getting the seats up and down is not easy and somewhat antiquated. For five adults, the front seats and second row seats will be comfortable. Cargo area is sufficient, and when the two back rows of seats are folded down, you get a completely flat surface for cargo.
Standard equipment is bountiful, as one would expect on an Audi. Highlights include power tailgate, beautiful front LED lights, heated front seats, leather interior, climate controlled air conditioning, multi-function 4-spoke steering wheel, and electronic stability control.
This is where it starts to get dicey for me. Although beautiful on the outside and the inside, the Q7 has $20,000 worth of options. To begin with, the Glacier white paint carries an extra charge of $550 and it is worth every penny.
As mentioned above, this is the Prestige model, which carries a cost of $12,000. For that amount, you get 20” wheels, air conditioned seats, power tilt wheel, navigation, parking sensors, Bose stereo, a panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth, and blind-spot monitoring. All those are things you would want on a luxury SUV, but twelve grand?
Next we have the $5800 Sport Style package which gives you 21” wheels (remember we paid for wheels already in the Prestige Package), black optics on the exterior-which I admit with the black high-gloss wheels looks great, a Sport Style body kit, and oval dual exhaust that is integrated into the rear bumper.
Finally we get to the S line package which is $1500 and includes unique front and rear bumpers, S line badging, black headliner, heated rear seat, and brushed aluminum interior inlays. When you add the $925 transportation charge, you land at an MSRP of $73,675. That puts it in line with the Range Rover Sport, but that vehicle has been updated and has gone through drastic changes. Q7 began production in 2005 and changes since then have been minor.
On the plus side of the Q7, 28-miles per gallon highway is exceptional mileage for a very large SUV that weighs over 5400 pounds. It rides and drives great, the interior is airy and luxurious, and it is a great looking SUV. On the merits of the vehicle itself, I give it 5 out of 5 stars. When the price is factored in, I drop it to an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
What I liked most: Performance of the TDI, interior and exterior looks.
What I would change: The pricing of the option packages.
MSRP: Base price $52,900. As equipped $73,675.
Fuel Economy: 19 City/28 highway/22 combined.
Odometer reading when tested: 2380 miles.
Weight: 5412 Pounds.
Length-Width-Height: 200.3” long/85.7” wide/68.4” High.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.4 gallons.
Towing Capacity: 6600 pounds with towing package.
2015 Audi Q7 TDI in a few words: A very enjoyable luxury SUV.
Warranty: 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, first scheduled maintenance for free, 4 years of roadside assistance.
Manufacturer’s website: Audi
Dealers: We have great Car Pro dealers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Cleveland, Charlotte, and Los Angeles.