The Q7 is a large, roomy, seven-passenger SUV that drives nicely and boasts a beautifully finished interior. It's a pleasant long-distance cruiser, but the ride is a bit overly firm at low speeds. Handling is responsive in everyday driving, but falls short at the limits. Fuel economy is just average, the rear third-row seat is tiny and hard to reach and the controls are over-complicated.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Q7 is a large, roomy, seven-passenger SUV that drives nicely and boasts a beautifully finished interior. It's a pleasant long-distance cruiser, but the ride is a bit overly firm at low speeds. Handling is responsive in everyday driving, but falls short at the limits. Fuel economy is just average, the rear third-row seat is tiny and hard to reach and the controls are over-complicated.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (280 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (240 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (333 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Audi Q7 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Normal routine brake wear is crazy with the Q7. You can only expect to have the brakes last for 20 - 25k miles then you are in for $1,800 brake job. You have to replace rotors, sensors and brake pads. There are no ceramic pads available in the United States. You will not find aftermarket pads that are any better than the OEM and right now only OEM is available in US."

Richard A., FL (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Premature brake wear

"too much wear for the amount and type of mileage driven"

Robert F., NC (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"We purchased from a dealer in Naples Florida . It did not come as advertised for Audii certified preorder. The tires were not new and we got less than 10000 miles out of them . The drivers window has a large scratch vertices on the drivers side. Pre existing when we got it they said warr3nty didn’t cover it but it was not listed when we bought it.the brakes had less than the amount of wear listed on the certified preowned. We found that the Naples dealer was less than honest. We do like the service at the Grand Rapids dealer very honest! I would never buy a certified pre owned from Audi again because the dealer in Naples basically put down incorrect information and Audi stood behind the dealer in Naples not us!"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"The dealer told me I needed new brakes all around at 35,000 miles for a cost of $1,800 because the wear indicators on the brake pads were showing. After checking around, I found out that the vehicle has electronic wear sensors and waited for those to activate - at 54,000 miles. A private shop replaced all four rotors and pad sets for about $800."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"The brake pads needed replacement at between 15,000 and 20,000 miles and again at 38,000 miles. The dealer said that's normal for a Q7."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"normally get 75 to 85 K before having to re-do brakes, now told needed on Q7 at 46K"

Bryan R., BC (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"went through brakes way too quickly"

Mark S., CA (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Not expected to have to replace brakes within 50k km. Excessive black dust deposited to wheel from brakes. Suggest using ceramic"

Shirley R., BC (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Brakes have had 2-3 full repairs during 3 year lease with only 22k miles. no reason for this brake wear"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q7)
Squeaking

"New brakes came with the car as part of the CPO program but they have squeaked since day one. Dealer says it's normal. Yet no other time have new brakes squealed like these only ones that need replacing."

Anonymous, NH (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"The brakes squeak every time you use them. Apparently they glaze over, but it's incredibly annoying and it is also unsafe, as it stops you from hearing the warning squaek built into the brake when it is coming to the end of its natural life. Audi says this is their design, not a flaw. But for a luxury car to sound like a broken down banger is ridiculous. We love their cars, but will never buy a SUV from them again"

John E., NY (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Front driver-side sensor has been replaced multiple times. It still is a bit wonky"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"ceased working. Determined to be rusting wiring and was partially replaced by dealer. Took 3 visits to find and get completed"

Shirley R., BC (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Rec'd dash notification system not functioning. Next time auto started, no more notice.??"

Shirley R., BC (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Display screen freezes up

"The MMI was replaced on warranty when it died at 500 miles. The unit costs $4,000 to replace so I'm nervous when the warranty expires at 50,000 mi."

Craig B., NV (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Audi calls it the MMI, it controls everything electrical in the car and it quit 1 mo. into ownership. Replaced under warranty"

Craig B., NV (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Again this is a design problem when not using the speakerphone in the car with each new call the music or radio will mute."

Leonard B., PA (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"It does not have traffic information - vehicle is Canadian. Very disappointed. Maps are old and need updating. Sirius is outdated and non-caring in Canada. Does not have email connection, message receipt or read out capability. Very outdated system! Did not know till after owning/operating vehicle"

Shirley R., BC (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The BT system in the Audi is a safety hazard. I sold my A6 because it and will sell the Q7 as soon as the Emissions problem is resolved. When you pair your BT phone and prefer to use a headset or the phone itself each new event such as a call waiting will pull the call back to the speaker. If you are having a private conversation using an in ear BT and your phone is not nearby, the call will move to your Speaker in the car causing you to be distracted while you look for your phone to bring the"

Leonard B., PA (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"There is a safety problem with the Audi. When on a call and not using the speaker in the car a new call comes in and the car takes the call to the speaker temporaraly muting the external person. I look down to try and find the phone because I am using an earpiece to pull the call back the call will revert back to the speaker as soon as a new ring cycle happens. I contacted Audi, they told me they are not fixing it and asked me to stop posting in Twitter by concern. I have a friend who has an Audi and it took them six months to solve his speaker problem, will never buy another Audi."

Leonard B., PA (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Gummed up a/c line. Replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"There were rattles in the sunroof, the door locks stopped working and the rear lift gate worked intermitantly"

George U., CT (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Squeaks or rattles

"Glass panes of sunroof rattle"

Anonymous, ME (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Extremely loud rattle apparently emanating from roof/sunroof area"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"creaking that have not been ale to pinpoint the location"

Anonymous, SK (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Dealer attempted to fix rattles twice, and went away temporarily, but came back"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Driver door squeeks"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Rear sunroof squeaks terribly, it has been to the dealer twice and the squeaking always returns."

Scott S., CA (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Wind noise

"Wind noise emanating driver and front pax windows"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Every season the Audi dealership tells me the A/C needs to be recharged and they need to put dye in the system to check for leaks. Obviously there is a leak as I have to recharge it every year."

Anonymous, NH (2015 Audi Q7)
Blower (fan) motor

"Felt very weak and the car was delivered to us with washer fluid that froze up in the wiper system during our Michigan winter"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Condenser

"Blowing warm air"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Refrigerant leaks

"A/C leaked coolant into the front passenger floor. The dealer repaired under warranty."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"door makes noise when opening. requires realigning. no reason for this to happen."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q7)
Sunroof

"Rattle repaired by replacing felt gasket around sunroof. Repair caused fabric sunroof shade to come out of track. Also repaired."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Windows

"Faulty power window switch drivers door"

Anonymous, ME (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"It has quit working twice in the last year"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Body control module

"Three times the engine control has indicated a fault that was cleared by restarting the Q7"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Gauges

"The dash board lighting system is terrible,under certain sun locations the entire dash board goes black,cant see anything on the dashboard,I was told by numerous Auditrained factory techs that the unit is working as it was designed to work,THEY REFUSED TO TRY AND FIX IT !!!!"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Alignment has drifted out every month since purchase"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Wheel bearings

"Cars alignment/wheel bearing due to a minor sliding in the snow. Alert of swerve came on and the car didn't behave properly. Took it into dealership they said it just needed reset. Reset, then problem worse, rear end of the car not engaging properly ended up needing wheel bearing replacement because sensor was bad and all one unit. I don't believe it was diagnosed correctly from the beginning and driving it after reset caused more damage."

Anonymous, NH (2015 Audi Q7)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Because it has a diesel engine & didn't meet the legal standards, Audi had to repair it & also pay us a penalty fee."

John G., LA (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Issue with Bluetec sensor for diesel fuel system"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Audi Q7 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Audi is having valve spring defects on this model. The valve springs will just break leaving your engine with 5 cylinders to keep you running down the road at a reduced speed. This issue took Audi techs 4 days to diagnose and correct by replacing the broken valve spring."

Richard A., FL (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Vehicle momentarily lost acceleration, began producing a chugging feel and would not accelerate over 15 mph or so. Shutting vehicle off completely and letting it sit for a minute and then turning back on temporarily resolved. Had warranty fix of piston approx 1 month ago which seems to have resolved the issue so far"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Audi Q7 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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