2020 Audi Q7

2020 MODEL
$54,800 - $71,200
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2020 Audi Q7 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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The Audi Q7 has consistently been the most loved pick among the customers for the sort of character it offers. The fair blend of performance and first-class luxury is the thing that gave the Q7 its exceptional personality. First-generation of the Q7 used to have a massive street presence with a wide track and upright stance. As the 2016 generation was launched which dropped the conventional bulky Q7 look. It became more sophisticated with moderate structure language. This resulted in a smaller size, expanded wagon type exterior which resulted in lower sales figures.

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Pros

Commanding road presence

Tech-loaded interior

Spacious cabin

Stupendous ride quality

Cons

Infotainment too complicated to get used to

What's New?

Completely revamped for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$54800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

273 lbs.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13.8

dimensions

wheelbase

117.9 in.

length

199.6 in.

width

77.5 in.

height

68.5 in.

curb weight

4784 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

133.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

69.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/25/21 mpg

highway range

562.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Audi Q7 in Carrara White color 2020 Audi Q7 in Cobra Beige Metallic color 2020 Audi Q7 in Florett Silver Metallic color
Carrara White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.1

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Audi Q7 Premium

Premium

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$54,800 - $60,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 55 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $60,800 MSRP (19/21/25) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 7
Premium 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $54,800 MSRP (19/21/25) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

2020 Audi Q7 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$57,200 - $63,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus 55 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $63,800 MSRP (19/21/25) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 7
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $57,200 MSRP (19/21/25) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

2020 Audi Q7 Prestige

Prestige

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$71,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige 55 TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $71,200 MSRP (19/21/25) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


First-generation of the Q7 used to have a massive street presence with a wide track and upright stance. As the 2016 generation was launched which dropped the conventional bulky Q7 look. It became more sophisticated with moderate structure language. This resulted in a smaller size, expanded wagon type exterior which resulted in lower sales figures.

2020 Audi Q7 SUV Front View
2020 Audi Q7 SUV Rear view

9.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 

8.0/10
Competition

 

8.1/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Audi Q7 Features

9.0/10

Starting with a base price of $60,800. Audi has three trims on offer for the Q7, namely- Premium, Premium Plus, and the top-trim Prestige. What makes the Q7 a good choice for the proportion of money is the fact that the base trim also comes loaded with most of the features. Moving up the trim level and you will find a lot of features being added such as Rear-wheel steering system, adaptive air suspension and night vision camera.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

RP (AWD) (2.0L 4cyl)  $54,800 $57,200 -

MSRP (AWD) (3.0L 6cyl)

$60,800

$63,800

$71,200

Key features

Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense front

3D Bose Surround Sound System

20-inch 5-spoke turbine design gray/polished-finish wheels

 

MMI Navigation plus with MMI all-in-touch

Audi virtual cockpit

LED Interior lighting plus package

 

Panoramic sunroof with sunshade, power tilt, and slide features

Audi side assist with Audi pre sense rear (includes rear cross-traffic assist and vehicle exit assist)

Warm Weather package (four-zone climate control, front-seat ventilation, rear sunshades for doors and tailgate.

 

Audi advanced key (keyless start) with handsfree tailgate open/close

Top view camera system

Heads-up display

 

Power folding 3rd row

Audi phone box with wireless charging and signal booster

Compatible with Driver Assistance package (ACC, Active lane assist, Park steering assist, High-beam assistant, Traffic sign recognition)

2020 Audi Q7 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Same as the earlier generation, the 2020 Audi Q7 features just one engine under the hood. A turbocharged, 3.0L, V6 unit supported by a 48-volt hybrid system in collaboration putting out 335 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque on the crank. This is the same old generation engine but now the supercharger gets replaced with a turbocharger for increased efficiency.

This motor comes mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission which is a hydraulically assisted torque-converter setup that replaces the earlier dual-clutch gearbox. All the power is sent to all four wheels, courtesy of Quattro All-wheel drive. It comes standard across all trims.

Models

Audi Q7 Premium

BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

SRP

$60,800

$58,900

$58,150

$59,500

Engine

3.0LTurbocharged V6,

3.0L Turbo Inline-6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

335@5,300

335@5,500

290@6,200

296@5,600

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

369@2,900

330@1,500

267@4,700

295@1,500

The 2020 Audi Q7 develops as the most dominant vehicle of the parcel with the greatest torque on offer as well. The BMW X5 shows exact same power figures but has to do with the second position itself because of the low torque figures. The Acura MDX arrives up at the last position adjusting itself simply behind the Jaguar F-Pace in the third position.

Acceleration

Building up speed in an SUV is mostly not a hair-raising moment. Put your foot hard down, and the speed begins to construct gradually however in the end, the 60 MPH comes up in a casual 7 seconds, while the quarter-mile takes 15.4 seconds. For a close to a 2-and-a-half-ton vehicle, these are the presentation figures that are justifiable. With power delivering coming up early with impressive torque even in the low rpm range, the Q7 ensures that power is always available on tap.

2020 Audi Q7 SUV covers 0-60 in just 5.7s

Models

Audi Q7 Premium

BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.7 

5.2 

6.3(est.)

5.8 

Quarter Mile (sec)

N/A

13.7 

14.5 

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

155

155

155

155

Engine

3.0LTurbocharged V6,

3.0L Turbo Inline-6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

7.9

9.3

8.0

8.8

In terms of acceleration, the Q7 clearly takes the crown here when pitted against the competition. The BMW X5 might be the fastest here, let’s not forget that with the Q7, you get 2 extra seats with just half a second-time compromise which is acceptable. The Acura MDX remains out of the competition with its 6.3-second 0-60MPH timing while the Jaguar stacks up at the third position behind the mighty Germans.

Braking

Being more of a city vehicle, Audi Q7 needs to have better braking over acceleration. Fortunately, it feels sure-footed even in panic braking situations. The pedal feel is firm and the brakes are responsive, and the air suspension makes sure to minimize the nose dive. For a situation that requires stopping from 70 miles per hour. It will take only 166 feet distance to come to a standstill which is shockingly low for a vehicle this size.

Models

Audi Q7 Premium

BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

Brake Rotors Front (in)

14.8

15

12.6

13.8

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

13.8

14.8

13.0

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

4927

4758

4303

3895

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

116

N/A

N/A

Unfortunately, braking distance for other competing SUVs is not available which leaves no point in comparing them in this section. 

Ride and Handling

2020 Audi Q7 SUV Third Quarter View

The 2020 Q7 is the heaviest vehicle to wear the four-ringed badge and it clearly reflects in its handling characteristics as well., pushing near 4,500 pounds in the base variation. In any case, the vehicle feels sure-footed in the corners. The adaptive air suspension enables the ride to be firm and controllable in all types of road conditions. The four-wheel steering combined with the excellent Quattro all-wheel-drive system adds nimbleness to this heavy brute.

2020 Audi Q7 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The fuel economy of the 2020 Audi Q7 is quite impressive, considering heavy curb weight and the large dimensions of the SUV. with a claimed mileage of 17 MPG for the city and if you Go to the highways, this number figures out how to raise itself just up to 21 MPG. 

Models

Audi Q7 Premium

BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

MPG (City)

17

21

19

22

MPG (Highway)

21

26

26

27

MPG (Combined)

18

23

22

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.5

21.9

19.5

21.7

Range

 

(City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

383/473/405

460/569/503

371/507/429

477/586/520

2020 Audi Q7 Interior

8.0/10

Seating and Comfort

When it comes to the luxury SUV segment, compromising on any factor is not an option. If your heart is set on the Q7 which offers the best of interior comfort. It is so because the Q7 has always been one of the favorite picks for the business class who love to be chauffeured around town.

2020 audi q7 suv Comfort seat

The cabin is airy, loaded with features and doesn’t fall short of any amenity that you’d ask for. all electrically adjustable front seats including lumbar support as well. Luxurious upholstery gets added as you move up the trim. Premium trim gets a leatherette seating surface and if you opt for the top-level trim then features such as heating and ventilating functions. Controlling the body is supported by large bolsters on either side.

Models

Audi Q7 Premium

BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

Seating Capacity

7

5

7

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/59.5/41.7

40.7/60.0/39.4

38.1/61.1/41.4

37.8/57.7/40.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.7/58.1/37.4

38.3/59.1/36.6

37.5/55.8/37.2

Bimmer just overpowers the Audi in terms of passenger volume even though Audi might be pretty spacious. This is why the 2020 Audi Q7 sits in the second position, leaving the Acura for the third and the Jag for the last position.

Infotainment

The refreshed new 2020 Q7 has many updates in the interior department. Now the total number of screens has been moved to three, to cater to the occupants’ needs. All the functions which were previously carried out by one touch screen has now been distributed amongst three screens. The interface is on point now and feels fluid smooth.

Getting used to so many screens requires time. 

Having said that, some of the most rewarding features associated with the infotainment system of the 2020 Audi Q7 are:

 

  • 10.1-inch primary (upper) display
  • 8.6-inch lower display for HVAC Unit and comfort options
  • 12.3-inch display (Audi Virtual Cockpit)
  • Colored Heads-up Display (HUD)
  • 3D surround system with 19 speakers and 15 channel amplifier
  • Bluetooth mobile connectivity
  • Two USB ports
  • Satellite radio with Navigation
  • Active vehicle car display
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Cargo

Going for utility, the Q7 proudly manages to carry 14.8 cu.ft worth of luggage even with all 7 seats folded up. Both rear rows get the power-operated option which removes the hassle of folding and unfolding the seats. There is also an optional towing package that adds a towing kit to your Q7. This kit enables the Q7 to tow up to 7,700 pounds worth of luggage in case you’re not satisfied with space inside the Q7. 

Models

Audi Q7 Premium

BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

Cargo Volume (behind 3rd )(cu.-ft)

14.8

-

15.0

-

Behind 2nd row

37.5

33.9

38.4

33.5

Behind 1st row

72.4

72.3

90.9

63.5

2020 Audi Q7 Exterior

8.0/10

The Q7 wears an aluminum structure design all around, which helps in shedding several pounds from its weight. This improves characteristics like handling. Despite the fact that Q7 is then a lot of its rivals, it does the trick to state this is a direct result of premium highlights, instead of sheer body weight. Side profile of Audi Q7 gives in a solid shoulder line with massive wheel curves which give the vehicle a bold look.

2020 Audi Q7 3 Quarter View

Models

Audi Q7 Premium

BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

Length (in)

199.6

194.3

196.2

186.3

Width (in)

77.5

78.9

77.7

81.5

Height (in)

68.5

68.7

67.4

65.0

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

8.7

7.3

8.4

Wheelbase (in)

117.9

117.1

111.0

113.1

Track width (in) F/R

66.1/66.6

66.1/66.9

66.3/66.3

64.6/65.1

Curb weight (lbs)

4927

4758

4303

3895

Talking about on sheet numbers, the 2020 Audi Q7 tops the chart by featuring the maximum wheelbase in the comparison. BMW takes second place with real close numbers. Acura having wheelbase even smaller than the 5-seater-X5 takes third place. The Jaguar emerges at the last spot with the least measuring wheelbase. 

Design and styling

The 2020 model carries a similar resemble the 2017 Audi Q7, to a great extent. The standard headlights on the base trim are xenon HID with LED DRLs. The higher trims get full LED headlamps, which look totally beautiful. Audi has an enormous 8.1 inches ground clearance and can be raised to 9.6 inches in the event that you opt for the air suspension. The extents make this effectively huge SUV look considerably greater, with a big street presence. 

Some of the key elements on the Q7’s exterior are:

  • 20-inch 5-spoke Turbine-design wheels with all-season run-flat tires
  • Automatic all-LED headlights with LED taillights and dynamic turn signals
  • Chrome exterior window surrounds and roof rails
  • Q8 inspired octagonal single-frame front grille
  • Panoramic sunroof with electric sunshade
  • Heated and electrically operated exterior rearview mirrors
  • Intermittent automatic wipers
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2020 Audi Q7 Safety

9.0/10

The Q7 is based on VW’s reliable MLB platform. It is known to provide unmatched strength as it is constructed out of Aluminum and composite alloys. The same platform is used by mammoth SUVs like Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus. The 2020 Q7 is yet to get under NHTSA and IIHS’s for safety test ratings. 

Apart from the build quality, the Q7 also brings along a host of advanced driver-assist systems that keep a check on the occupants’ safety. Some of such features offered with the Q7 are:

  • Active cruise control with lane-keep assistance
  • Audi Pre Sense Front, Pre Sense Basic, Pre Sense Rear
  • Rear Cross-Traffic alert
  • Night vision assist
  • Audi Park Steering assist
  • All around Air Bag
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor

2020 Audi Q7 Competition

8.0/10

2020 Audi Q7 vs BMW X5

The BMW X5 sits underneath the Q7 in the price section with an edge of several thousand dollars. In any case, the 2020 Q7's tough outside and rich insides make everything justified, despite all the trouble. While the Bimmer's insides give a lively vibe all around, the Q7's three touchscreen setup slant more towards luxury. The X5's dealing with qualities are all the more captivating and fun-loving. The X5 handles better than the Q7. For all other priorities, the 2020 Audi Q7 is a better deal, any day.

2020 BMW X5

2020 Audi Q7 vs Acura MDX

Honda’s luxury brand - Acura is slowly moving up with its product lineup. The MDX will feel smaller than the Q7 in every instance including handling. Q7 takes the edge when compared to the feature list. Even after being bigger than the Acura, the Q7 is faster too. So, if you need a third row of seats along with a punchier engine, it's the Q7.

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Audi Q7 vs Jaguar F-Pace

The first comparison of seating capacity gives a lead ahead to the Q7. the F-Pace covers it up on the handling characteristics. However, the Q7 is more luxurious on the inside and provides better comfort. Jaguar loses on the feature list too. Furthermore, the F-Pace’s laggy infotainment is way inferior to what can be seen in the Audi. comes the reliability factor, the Audi clean swipes the Jag here.

2020 Jaguar F-Pace

2020 Audi Q7 Final Verdict

8.1/10

Even though the latest Q7 has lost its charm of bulky SUV looks. The 2020 version still manages to perform better in all other categories. It behaves like a proper SUV on the road. With a new and more powerful power plant, this one can be ruthless on the tarmac whenever you want it to be. All this can be done while indulging yourself in the best of the luxury present in the market for seven people at once. The Q7 is on point if you need the best of luxury and street presence. 

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