Audi fitted its Q7 with a new turbocharged V6 engine for 2020, giving the three-row luxury SUV a more refined driving experience to go along with its already-adept handling and beautiful interior. We still find that Audi’s controls take time to master.
Other than a slight delay of power when accelerating out of a rolling stop, the new turbo engine (which replaces the previous supercharged V6) and eight-speed automatic transmission work in seamless harmony. The automatic responds quickly to inputs from the driver’s right foot, and shifts smoothly. Even though fuel economy doesn’t improve, staying at 20 mpg overall, this is a more pleasing powertrain thanks to the engine’s quieter character and lusty mid-range punch.
Given its size and weight, the Q7 is more nimble through corners than you’d expect. It instills confidence through turns thanks to accurate steering and restrained levels of body lean. The ride is firm and controlled, with the big Audi managing to filter out most bumps well. An optional air suspension system gives a plusher ride. Regardless of the suspension, the cabin is impressively quiet.