Typically, those of us with long commutes can't wait to get out of the car at the end of the day. Not so with the redesigned 2017 Audi Q7. This luxury three-row SUV has proven so capable, slick and pampering, that it is now our top-rated model among all luxury SUVs.
Overall, the Q7 outperforms all of its direct competitors, namely the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and Volvo XC90. Quick, relatively fuel efficient, light on its feet, plush and brimming with usable high-tech, the Q7 is also one of the more expensive models in this category, starting at $54,800, with our typically equipped Premium Plus landing at $68,695. In this case, you get what you pay for.
The new Q7 employs Audi's supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 333 horsepower. This forced-induction V6 supplies smooth, refined, and effortless motivation. The eight-speed automatic shifts imperceptibly and while 20 mpg overall in our testing doesn't sound especially frugal, it's pretty good for the segment. That figure is comparable to the XC90's mpg, but the Q7 is quicker and has a more cultured engine sound. The previous Q7 offered a diesel variant, but the emissions scandal surrounding parent company Volkswagen has put its diesel plans on hold.