2018 Audi Q7: Luxurious And Capable Mid-Size Three-Row SUV

The Audi Q7 was first released as a 2007 model. Based on the same platform as its Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg siblings, the Q7 was and is the only one of the three to offer three-row seating. The second-generation Audi Q7 was released for the 2016 model year, so the 2018 Q7 represents the third year of this second generation.

In terms of sales in the mid-sized luxury SUV segment, the Audi comes in at eighth place for 2017 year to date (up to and including July). The Audi Q7 has sold 20,066 units, compared to the class leaders Lexus RX (56,369), Cadillac XT5 (35,302), and Mercedes-Benz GLE/M-Class (30,708).

What’s New On The 2018 Audi Q7

The 2018 Audi Q7 now offers Audi advanced key as standard across all trim levels. The Premium Plus trim level now includes a 3D Bose surround sound audio system as standard equipment. The Prestige trim now includes standard power door closers.

Three Audi Q7 Trim Levels

The 2018 Audi Q7 is available in three different trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. 2018 Q7 pricing begins at $49,900 for the 2.0T Premium and ranges up to $65,400 for the 3.0T Prestige.

A Choice Of Two Strong Engines Power The Audi Q7

The standard engine on the Q7 Premium and Premium Plus is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower. The optional engine on these two models, and standard power source on the Q7 Prestige, is a supercharged 3.0L V6 with 333 horsepower. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission and drive all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive.

State Of The Art Safety Equipment

Every 2018 Audi Q7 comes standard with six airbags: two frontal airbags, two side airbags for the driver and front passenger, and two side curtain airbags for head protection of outboard passengers. 

Also standard on the 2018 Q7 is Audi pre sense basic and city, which uses a camera mounted on the windshield to track the distance from the car in front. If Audi pre sense determines that an impact might be imminent, it first warns the driver. If the driver does not do anything in response, Audi pre sense will apply the brakes in an attempt to avoid or reduce the damage that would result from the impact.

The Q7 Premium Plus trim adds rear cross traffic alert. The Prestige comes with a top view camera system that provides a 360-degree view of the Q7 from above.

Many Luxury Touches On The 2018 Q7

Some of the standard luxury features on the 2018 Audi Q7 include:

  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Heated 8-way power front seats
  • Power folding third-row seats
  • 10-speaker audio system with 7” display
  • Power tailgate

Available luxury features on higher trim levels are:

  • Navigation with voice control
  • 8.3” Infotainment display
  • Power tilt and telescope steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated 12-way power front seats
  • Audi cockpit digital instrument cluster
  • Full LED headlights
  • 19-speaker, 558-watt Bose 3D audio system
  • Power soft closing doors

2018 Audi Q7 Is A Three-Row SUV That Is Capable And Luxurious

The 2018 Audi Q7 is a worthy mid-size three-row luxury SUV. It has room for plenty of people and the things they need to carry with them. The 2018 Q7 is well equipped, with a beautifully designed interior and presence on the road. Take a look at the Q7 if this type of vehicle fits your needs.


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