The Q7 is exactly what one expects from a big Audi SUV: excellent road manners and drivability, a well-executed interior, and the room and utility of a truck.
This is a big vehicle, but the 3.0-liter pulls it along effortlessly, and the eight-speed automatic is silky smooth and helps return decent highway mileage. Quattro all-wheel drive and winter rubber shrugged off the snowstorm and messy conditions I encountered with ease.
Inside the Q7 was typical Audi, with the familiar gauge layout and console-mounted master controls combining for the best user experience possible given the abundant technology employed. One quibble: considering the massive size of the console, only one accessible cupholder is provided, and the power outlets seem oddly prominent and space-inefficient.
- Matt Tierney, Art Director
The Audi Q7 S Line is a seriously good-looking vehicle. Before I even drove this Q7, it made me turn my head when I passed by it in the parking structure. The sleek lines, the attractive LED headlights, and the unique wheels make this vehicle stand out more than your average SUV. And inside, it has the typical exquisite interior that we've come to expect from Audi.
Horsepower and torque from the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 are more than adequate to move this 5400-pound (!) vehicle around, but I agree with Joe that it feels very substantial (and not necessarily in a good way) when you drive it. Still, its looks alone are almost enough to sell me on it.
- Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor