Audi is a German auto manufacturer that has been consistent in keeping up with the demands of the world market in its production of luxury vehicles. The Audi Q7 is a mid-size SUV that first went into production in 2005.
The first example was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2005 with production commencing that fall at the Bratislava, Slovakia Volkswagen Bratislava Plant. This was the first SUV offered by the automaker which makes it a significant model in the history of the brand.
It is the predecessor of the Q5, followed by the Q3, thanks to the success of the Q7 models. The Q7 is built with the chassis and platform of the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, Lamborghini Urus, and the Bentley Bentayga.
Since the first Q7 went on sale, it has been a popular choice for family transportation with some models outshining others in the line. Here are the 10 best Audi Q7 models of all-time.
10. 2009 Audi Q7
The 2009 Audi Q7 was ranked at the number 5 2009 Luxury Midsize SUV, and number 18 in Used Luxury Midsize SUVs under $30K, according to cars.news. The vehicle sold 12,616 Q7s in Europe, 7,299 in the United States and 1,146 in Canada for a total of 21,051 sold throughout the world.
Critics give the 2009 Q7 an overall score of 8.4 out of 10 for its elegant design, it's excellent safety features, and high scores in testing, and the flexible cargo configurations.
The 2009 Q7 featured a new TDI Diesel engine with seating for up to seven in the third-row seating. The diesel engine was optional versus standard feature, designed for fuel-efficiency.
The vehicle was well-made with a luxurious interior with standard all-wheel drive and was comfortable for passengers with the exception of the third-row seats which were reviewed as being cramped.
Another downside is that this wasn't a vehicle that was fun to drive but it was for the most part highly functional with versatile passenger/cargo options. Depending upon how you set the cargo area up, seating accommodates between 5-7 passengers.
The fuel efficiency was rated between 13-17 in the city and 18-25 on the highway. The horsepower range, depending upon the engine selection ranged between 225 - 350.
9. 2008 Audi Q7 Coastline
The Audi Q7 Coastline is the concept example of the Q7 V12 TDI. This model made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008. The theme of the design is a direct inspiration from the design of luxury yachts, and the use of wood decoration and an Inuit white interior are top aesthetic features.
The design team at Audi fitted this SUV with a si-liter V12 engine that granted it 500 horsepower with 757.56 lb-ft of torque to give it the performance of a world-class sports car.
This vehicle was tested to jump from zero to 62.14 mph is a mere 5.5 seconds. It's hard to tell what the top speed would be as the engineers electronically limited this to 155.34 mph.
For such a fast vehicle, the fuel efficiency is rather impressive at 19.77 mpg, which is almost unheard of for a V12. A production version of this vehicle has few modifications including widened wheel arches for the back and front bumpers which are, to say the least, aesthetically pleasing.
The alabaster white coloring was chosen because this is the color most commonly used for luxury yachts. The carpet is a luminous white, the floor mats are crafted of fine wool with embroidering.
On the interior, the upholstery for the seats is made of plush velvet along with seatbelts of Valcona leather with the same applying to the front of the cockpit, the door trim, and the steering wheel.
8. 2010 Audi Q7 4.2 Prestige
The 2010 Audi Q7 4.2 Prestige is a 4 door 7 seat SUV built for performance with a 4.2-liter V-8 engine considered to be a premium feature, cranking 350 horsepower. This was paired with a 6-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual transmission.
This model was available in exterior colors Cobalt Blue Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Graphite Gray Metallic, Ibis White, Ice Silver Metallic, and Lava Gray Pearl Effect. For the interior, Audi offered Black, Cardamom, Espresso, and Limestone.
The S Line Package came at a higher price tag by $1,200 and featured 20" 5 spoke cast alloy S line wheels, decorative inlays of brushed aluminum, and an S Line 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel. the next upgrade was the luxury package featuring an Alcantara headliner, premium cricket full leather upholstery, and ventilated front seats.
This package sets you back $3,500. the Cold Weather Package threw in heated rear seats and a heated 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel for an extra $500.
7. 2010 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Premium
The 2010 Audi Q7 3.0-liter TDI Premium is a 7-seat 4 door luxury SUV that retailed for a base price of $10,384 up to $19,420. This vehicle was equipped with a 221 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine.
This was mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual. The exterior colors available were Cobalt Blue Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Graphite Gray Metallic, Ibis White, Ice Silver Metallic, and Lava Gray Pearl Effect.
The available interior colors were Black, Cardamom, Espresso, and Limestone. This particular model could be upgraded to a Premium Plus Package for an extra $6,000. This added Audi's MMI Navigation Plus Package, Audi Xenon Plus with LED DRL and turn signals, auto-dimming power-folding exterior mirrors, and a Bose surround sound system.
The S Line Package was more affordable at $2,00 for 20" 5 spoke cast alloy S Line wheels, brushed aluminum decorative inlays, retractable high-pressure headlight washers, and S Line front and rear bumpers with side valences. The Luxury Package was an extra $3,500 and included an Alcantara headliner, premium cricket full leather upholstery and ventilated front seats.
6. 2014 Audi Q7
The 2014 model came out with some new features. While in essence, 2014 was nearly identical to the previous year model, there were a few significant changes.
One was the adaptive HID headlamps, which became standard across the range during this year, and the second was the Audi advanced key proximity entry system which became a standard feature.
This was a year of change for Audi and they showed their appreciation to loyal customers with the upgrades that would become standard fare in select models. These were just a few of the extras.
This SUV featured a choice of three different engines including a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine rated at 280 horsepower and a second of the same tuned to crank 333 horsepower.
The third engine option was a turbocharged diesel rated at 225 horsepower. These were paired with 8-speed automatic transmission with an estimated fuel efficiency of 16 mpg city and 22 on the highway.
Special features that come standard are heated side mirrors, a power tailgate, heated steering wheel, four-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, heated front, and back seats, hands-free capabilities, a navigation system, a parking system with sensors in the front and rear, and a keyless start system.
For safety, the 2014 Q7 came equipped with advanced airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brake system, brake assist, electronic brake pressure distribution, and tire pressure monitoring. The bi-xenon headlights were made standard from this model year forward. Improved fuel efficiency was a big selling point as well as the 5-star NHTSA crash-test rating that this model year received.
5. 2007 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel
The 2007 Audi Q7 TDI clean diesel is a variant of the 3.0 V6 TDI with a few differences. This model featured selective catalytic reduction. The engine used in this version was used for the European market's next generation. The clean diesel is a more fuel-efficient and cleaner version for drivers who have an interest in going green, but it didn't slack on the power. This vehicle could zip from a standstill to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds with a top speed of 134 mph.
4. 2005 Audi Q7 Hybrid
The 2005 Q 7 hybrid is a concept vehicle designed by the team at Audi. This vehicle was based on the 4.2 FSI engine and was fitted with an electric motor that added an extra 148 lb-ft of torque.
It was also equipped with a nickel-metal hydride battery. This SUV had an acceleration time that went from zero to 62 mph in just 6.8 seconds. It made an official debut to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005.
Although originally slated to be a production model, economic factors interfered with Audi's original plans, and the quantities that were produced and made available for the US market were limited.
It was, however, a popular and innovative forerunner of the hybrids which would be produced in the future, only with a more advanced lithium-ion type battery hybrid system which would make its official appearance in the Q5 model
3. 2012 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro Premium Plus AWD
The 2012 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro Premium Plus seats between five and seven depending on the versatile cargo configurations. It's equipped with a turbocharged V-6 diesel engine with an all-wheel-drive drivetrain.
The fuel efficiency is an estimated 17 mpg city and 25 on the highway. This was truly a luxury SUV with Bluetooth, leather seats, a sunroof/moonroof, aluminum wheels, a navigation system, a backup camera, Xenon plus automatic headlight which self-leveled, velour carpeting, Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering, and much more.
2. 2011 Audi Q7 V12 TDI
The 2011 V12 TDI is a model that was built around diesel technology found in the brand's R10 TDI, which was a successful racecar, although the engines were entirely different. The engine gave this vehicle a rating of 738 lb-ft of torque accelerating from zero to 62 in merely 5.5 seconds. This concept vehicle made its first appearance at the Paris Motor Show in 2006 and it was one of the most awe-inspiring of the model year.
1. 2017 Audi Q7
The 2017 year brought about a complete redesign of the vehicle and this was lauded by loyal fans as one of the better upgrades the automaker had handed out. It was equipped with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic.
The ride was the quietest and tranquil to date, thanks to the firmness of the optional air suspension in the Prestige trim. The interior is plush and every inch a luxury vehicle. Responsive handling made this model year a lot more fun to drive than some of the previous editions.
The high tech digital instrument cluster and updated seats, along with a host of advanced safety systems made this a very popular choice for families in need of a dependable and comfortable luxury SUV. Of course, the premium package offered the greatest array of options and luxury amenities but the base version which was much more affordable offered quite a few nice perks as well.
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