Audi Q7 Facelift 2019 Performance

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The Audi Q7 Facelift 2019 continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.

Audi Q7 Facelift 2019 Review and Specs

Audi Q7 Facelift 2019 Review

The Premium Plus trim is the sweet spot in the Q7 lineup. It opens the door to key tech features that are a big reason why you should be considering the Q7 in the first place. These include the standard Virtual Cockpit, wireless charging and Bose sound system upgrade, plus the availability of driver assistance items and various comfort upgrades. We would also recommend the V6 engine — the base turbocharged four-cylinder just doesn’t have the power you’ll want for such a large vehicle.

It would seem automakers can’t have enough SUVs in their lineups these days. Audi, for instance, just doesn’t have a range-topping SUV — it has three of them. There’s the new five-passenger Q8, which is a sort of flagship luxury car on stilts, and the new e-tron, which is Audi’s electric competitor to the Tesla Model X. And then you’ve got the 2019 Audi Q7.

Among them, the Q7 is the least exciting but also the most sensible and family-oriented choice. Although it’s missing a few of the latest gadgets and gizmos available on the Q8, its various technology features remain among the most advanced, user-friendly and well-executed in the luxury car game.

Audi Q7 Facelift 2019 Specs

Everything supporting those tech features is worth plenty of attention as well. The cabin’s design is appealing and the quality is exceptional, even in the lower-priced Q7 trim levels. The driving experience also impresses thanks to a buttery-smooth ride quality, confident handling and whisper-like noise levels. “Serene” would be the optimum word.

If there’s a word that holds the Q7 back, however, it’s “space.” Yes, this is the biggest Audi around, but most competitors provide a more usable and comfortable third-row seat. It will be something to consider if you have to schlep around a bunch of kids frequently. Overall, however, the 2019 Audi Q7 is one of the better choices to be had for a luxury SUV — even if it is less flashy compared to its new corporate siblings.

2019 Audi Q7 configurations

The 2019 Audi Q7 is available in two trims that are associated with a different engine. The Q7 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It is only available with the Premium and Premium Plus trim levels. The Q7 3.0T has a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 good for 329 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. It’s available in all three trim levels, including the range-topping Prestige. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment highlights for the Premium include 18-inch wheels (19s with the 3.0T), heated power-folding mirrors, xenon headlights, LED running lights, a hands-free power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, parking sensors, keyless entry with push-button start, and Audi Pre-Sense City (a low-speed forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection and automatic braking).

Other features include three-zone automatic climate control, heated power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, a 7-inch central display, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a navigation system and a 10-speaker sound system. The optional Convenience package adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, auto-dimming exterior mirrors and wireless smartphone charging.

The Premium Plus adds LED headlights, a top-view parking camera system, the Convenience package contents, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit all-digital instrument panel and a Bose surround-sound audio system. The Warm Weather package offers four-zone climate control, ventilated front seats and rear-seat sunshades. For more driver assistance features, get the Driver Assistance package for its adaptive cruise control, automatic parking system, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, and upgraded forward collision warning and braking system.

Topping the Q7 range is the 3.0T Prestige. It has the above features plus 20-inch wheels, power-closing doors and a head-up display.

Several packages are exclusive to the Prestige. The Luxury package adds massaging and ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, extended leather interior trim and simulated-suede headliner. The Adaptive Chassis package comes with an adaptive air suspension and four-wheel steering. There are also special interior and exterior design packages available, plus a Bang & Olufsen sound system, night-vision assist, and a choice of 21- or 22-inch wheels.

Optional on all trim levels is the Cold Weather package that includes a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and all-weather floor mats. Other stand-alone items include a rear-seat entertainment system, rear side airbags, running boards and a tow package.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Audi Q7 Prestige (supercharged 3.0L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2017, the current Q7 has received some minor revisions, including additional feature content on certain trim levels. Our findings remain applicable to this year’s Q7, however.

The best value in Audi Q7 Facelift 2019 is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.

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