Audi Q7 (2015) Review

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Audi Q7 (2015) At A Glance

5/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Q7 is a prime example of what can be achieved through attention to detail. You see, there isn’t a single area in which Audi’s big seven-seater SUV doesn’t do a thoroughly brilliant job.

+Quiet and refined, ideal long distance motorway cruiser, beautifully finished quality interior, seven seats and a huge boot, five Star Euro NCAP rating., six Isofix points.

-Sheer size means it's unwieldy around town, Q7 e-tron only has five seats.

New prices start from £58,205, brokers can source from £49,561
Insurance Groups are between 35–50
On average it achieves 66% of the official MPG figure

It’s hard to think of a better all-rounder in this class than the 2015 Audi Q7. The huge, family-friendly cabin is stuffed with luxury equipment and displays impeccable quality, while on the road, the car is comfortable, quiet and surprisingly agile. What’s more, it’s competitive on prices and running costs. That’s pretty much every box ticked, then. It might not be as capable off-road as a Land Rover Discovery or as stylish as a Volvo XC90, but it’s a fabulous family car that’s hugely desirable.

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The Q7 is the best all-rounder in the class, and for that matter, the best car in the class. Yep, it’s that good.

First and foremost, it’s a brilliant family car. It’s among the roomiest cars of its type, with generous space surrounding each of its seven seats, and with so many different options over how much of the space is used for seating and how much is used for cargo, it’s also hugely versatile. Those on board will also feel spoiled due to the amazing cabin quality and generous luxury kit.

Just as importantly, it’s an ideal family car in the way it drives. On all sorts of roads, the Q7 stays comfortable and quiet, keeping life relaxed on every journey.

And despite its impressive comfort, it’s still impressively agile in corners, keeping things safe and settled for passengers, and surprisingly entertaining for the driver. One quick caveat here: the best Q7s ride on air suspension. This was standard on post-facelift cars of 2019 onwards, but optional before that.

The engines, meanwhile, give an impressive blend of performance, economy and refinement, while lots of safety equipment and a five-star Euro NCAP rating means your family will be well looked after. Any complaints? Well, the touchscreen system on post-facelift cars is a bit fiddly and distracting, and the automatic gearbox could be quicker to respond, but other than that, there’s very little to moan about.

Ask Honest John

What's the best petrol or electric car for a tall driver?
"What's the best petrol or electric car for a tall driver?"
Try the Skoda Superb Estate. It's huge – with loads of adjustment in the seating position. Alternatively, consider big SUVs like the Audi Q7.
Answered by Andrew Brady
The air con doesn't work on my newly-bought, approved used car. Is the dealer liable to repair it?
"I recently bought an Audi Q7 approved used from an Audi dealer. It was delivered to me in Kent at the end of March. I had no need to really use the air conditioning at the time, but in the recent weather I tried to use it and it doesn't work. I took it to my local dealer and they quoted £1,700 to replace a stone damaged condenser with a slow leak and recalibrate the ADAS systems. I had driven less than 1,000 miles when I discovered the problem and have heard no impact noises to suggest any stone damage. The supplying dealer is refusing to accept any responsibility, claiming the damage must have happened under my ownership, even though their delivery driver had to drive over 300 miles to get it to me and it could have happened then, presuming it wasn't already damaged when it left the dealership. Do I have any reasonable grounds to push them to pay at least some of the cost?"
Sadly, I think too much time has passed for you to hold the dealer liable for the damage. If you noticed this within a couple of weeks of taking delivery then you would have had strong grounds to say the damage was pre-existing. But after three months the dealer will reasonably argue that the car was fine when it was delivered to your home. A kicked up stone will easily damage an AC condenser (it is usually located behind the front grille) and it is unlikely you would notice until the system stopped working. I would recommend visiting an independent AC specialist - they may be able to repair the condenser at a much lower cost. But check the terms and conditions of your warranty, as the independent will need to use approved Audi parts and fluids.
Answered by Dan Powell
Would I be better with a diesel or an EV if I do a lot of miles?
"What might be the better (used) purchase, an Audi Q7 diesel or a Q7 e-tron? I do mainly motorway journeys but with some town and non-motorway driving. Assume around 12,000 miles a year on the motorway and 6000 non-motorway - a total of 18k. I don't particularly need 7 seats (occasionally useful, though). Any thoughts, assuming similar prices from the main dealer? Thanks so much."
We'd recommend diesel for 18,000 miles per year. We rate the 3.0-litre diesel used in the Q7 highly.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What would you recommend for a couple who want a comfortable, reliable SUV?
"My wife and I are in our late 60s, retired and are looking to buy an SUV for the first time for its ease of access and high position. We don't care about prestige brands but we do want comfort, refinement, quiet and enough performance to make driving effortless. Perhaps automatic. We are tall but do not need extra space for people or luggage. We also want reliability. We tend not to change cars frequently - we have had our current car - a Ford Focus, bought nearly new - for seven years. We want to spend no more than £30k. Would we be better off buying a used luxury SUV like the Audi Q7 or a new/nearly new midsize SUV like the Skoda Karoq? In short, what would you recommend for an ageing couple who put comfort over speed but don't want to pay for either size or prestige that we do not need?"
An Audi Q7 sounds a bit big for your needs. A Skoda Karoq could be perfect – it's a very comfortable crossover SUV. Also look at the very similar Volkswagen Tiguan, or the uber-comfortable Citroen C5 Aircross. You might find that smaller crossovers meet your requirements, too – take a look at the Ford Puma or Peugeot 2008.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Audi Q7 (2015) cost?

Buy new from £49,561 (list price from £59,745)