Want a quick, elegant, cat-nimble, relatively fuel-efficient, seven-passenger SUV brimming with useful high-tech features? The redesigned 2017 Audi Q7 delivers—which is why it’s now our top-rated SUV.

A calm, tranquil cabin shields occupants from exterior ruckus without insulating the driver from a fun cruise down the road.

The 2017 Audi Q7 rides comfortably, but some underlying firmness creeps in at low speeds. You can get a $64,300 Prestige edition with an optional $4,000 air suspension system that impressively cushions that slight discomfort, if it bothers you. 


Read the complete 2017 Audi Q7 road test and see our reviews of the 2016 BMW X12016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300, and 2016 Toyota RAV4.

The interior of the 2017 Audi Q7

HIGHS: Powertrain, quiet, handling, braking, infotainment, luxurious interior, towing capacity, standard frontal-collision avoidance
LOWS: Learning curve for controls, unintuitive shifter, rear visibility
POWERTRAIN: 333-hp, 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine; 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 20 mpg
PRICE: $68,695

As it romped through our test track’s avoidance maneuver, we found that our roomy 2017 Audi Q7 handles more like a smaller SUV. Like all Audis, the Q7 is predictable, balanced, and bracing to drive, even under pressure. The 333-hp gasoline engine provides plenty of smooth and effortless thrust. The previous Q7 offered a diesel variant, but the emissions scandal surrounding parent company Volkswagen has put its diesel plans on hold.

The Q7 continues Audi’s trend of modernist-luxury interiors. It’s a joy to run your fingers over the matte wood, brushed aluminum, and double-stitched leather. The infotainment and controls are daunting at first but over time prove to be logical.

Though it’s pricey, the 2017 Audi Q7 is a good reason to spend part of your children’s inheritance on a car.

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the July 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.