First Drive: Freshened, Swanky Audi Q7 Is Brimming With Technology

This three-row luxury SUV exudes panache and refinement

2020 Audi Q7 front
Photo: Joe Veselak

Update: Since this first drive was originally published in April, 2020, we finished testing the Audi Q7.

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The Audi Q7 is a luxury midsized SUV with a third-row seat that competes with the Acura MDX, Cadillac XT6, Lexus RX-L, Lincoln Aviator, Volvo XC90, as well as rivals from fellow German automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

The Q7 scored high when we tested it in 2016, thanks to its luxurious interior, roomy accommodations, substantial, high-quality feel, robust acceleration and responsive handling.

The freshened 2020 Q7 is not a full redesign, but it has a new turbocharged engine and touch-screen infotainment system among other updates. We think the updates are enough to warrant purchasing one for testing. Outwardly, the Q7 now resembles the Q8 from the front, and the rear end adapts the latest Audi look with wider taillights and a chrome bar across its tail.

If you’re a Consumer Reports member, our initial assessment of the freshened Q7 is available to you here. We have put it through more than 50 tests at the CR Auto Test Center, including those that evaluate acceleration, braking, fuel economy, handling, car-seat fit, and controls. CR members have access to the full road-test results.

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What we bought: 2020 Audi Q7 55 TFSI
Powertrain: 335 hp, 3.0-liter V6 turbo; 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive.
MSRP: $60,800
Options: $8,465. Premium Plus package (20-inch wheels, top-view camera, audio upgrade, convenience package), Driver Assistance package (includes adaptive cruise control), Warm Weather package (4-zone climate control, power passenger seat with lumbar, sunshades), Cold Weather package (heated seats and steering wheel), towing package, metallic paint, puddle lights, and cargo cover.
Destination fee: $995
Total cost: $71,010 

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