Audi Q7 (2015) Review

Audi Q7 (2015) At A Glance

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.

Insurance Groups are between 35–49
On average it achieves 69% 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.

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 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
Are there any cars with sliding doors that fit three child seats?
"I want a car or MPV with sliding doors for a family of three kids and two adults. I currently have a Ford S-MAX and we can get three child seats in the middle row but obviously that doesn’t have sliding doors. I’m considering the Mazda 5 but want to know if the middle row will hold three seats. We don’t want to go as big as the SEAT Alhambra. Hope you can help."
Unfortunately, the Mazda 5 is not compatible with what you want. It's very unlikely to seat all three kids in the back - and it only has two Isofix anchor points in the second row anyway. That leaves you with two options (unless you can think of an alternative model I haven't): 1) a larger car like the Sharan or MPV with sliding doors, 2) a slightly smaller car without sliding doors. You're unlikely to get a smaller car with sliding doors, essentially. Here are some models that fit three child seats across the back (but not all have three Isofix points): 1)Audi Q7 2) Peugeot 5008 3)VW Touran 4) VW Sharan/SEAT Alhambra 5) Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 6) Ford Galaxy 7) Renault Grand Scenic 8) Citroen C5 Aircross (two outer seats get isofix mounts) 9) Vauxhall Combo Life/Citroën Berlingo/Peugeot Rifter (second row gets 3 isofix points and fits 3 child seats, but the third row with two seats isn't suitable for car seats. It has sliding doors but is obviously much larger than your S-MAX as it's van-based). 10) Volvo XC90
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Any advice on fitting a tow bar?
"I need a tow bar for my Audi Q7. Have you got any advice?"
You can fit a tow bar, but it will need to meet both the EC Type Approval for the car and Audi's approved spec. Failure to do both of these things will invalidate the warranty and could damage the car's electrical system. You will also need to inform your insurer, as the tow bar may be deemed a modification.
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best way to clean suede car seats?
"My son has an Audi Q7 with half leather seats. What is the best way and the best products to use to clean the suede type upholstery in the middle of the seats?"
Car manufacturers tend to use Alcantara - which is a synthetic material - rather than suede because it's more durable and stain-resistant. What we'd advise to clean these parts of the seat is a mild fabric cleaner (like Autoglym Interior Shampoo), a microfibre cloth and a soft bristled brush. Starting with a small area of the seat, spray fabric cleaner onto a soft-bristled brush and then a spray a small amount of the seat - try not to get it too wet because the material takes longer to dry than cloth seats. Brush the Alcantara until a lather is created, then before it dries, gently wipe off the dirt it's pulled up with the microfibre cloth. Avoid being too rough during the cleaning process because you risk destroying the feel of the material. Once the area is clean, use a vacuum cleaner to remove any extra liquid. It sounds like a lot of work, but Alcantara looks worn quicker than leather or cloth fabric will. Doing a small amount of cleaning every now and then will keep the seats looking their best for a long time. The Autoglym Shampoo is about £6 on Amazon:
Answered by Georgia Petrie

What does a Audi Q7 (2015) cost?

Buy new from £45,645 (list price from £56,945)