The Audi Q7 is the company’s venture into the full-size luxury crossover market. The Q7 was the first SUV marketed by Audi, with sales beginning in 2007. The Q7 was also Audi’s first model to offer “side assist” to help with blind spot detection. Since 2007, Audi has also offered the Q7 in a hybrid vehicle, although these engine models are not yet available in the United States. Priced at $46,645 to $60,182 for the Coupe, the Audi Q7 is relatively reasonable for a large luxury SUV.

Audi Q7 Models

Audi offers several engine styles with the Q7. With the 3.0T Premium trim, TDI Premium trim, and 3.0T S-Line Prestige trim, the engine is a 3.0-liter V-6. Audi also offers a diesel version of the Q7, with a 3.0-liter V-6 configuration. The gasoline engines average 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 on the highway, while the diesel boasts 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. All-wheel drive is standard on all Q7 models.

The Audi Q7 offers seven-passenger seating, although reviewers note that the third row is a bit cramped for larger adults. However, first- and second-row seating have adequate space. Other interior features include Bluetooth® and iPod® input, satellite radio, and DVD player. The navigation system is standard on the Prestige trim but optional on the other levels. Leather upholstery and 12-way power and heated driver’s seat are also standard. Standard exterior features include 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking aid, and automatic wipers. The Prestige trim adds extra chrome and upgrades to 19-inch alloy wheels. The Premium Plus and Prestige add adaptive xenon headlights, front parking sensors, rearview camera, and a Bose surround-sound stereo system.

Audi Q7 Review

Reliability has always been a touchy issue with Audi cars. J. D. Power and Associates has dinged more than one model with as little as two out of five stars for overall quality of construction and anticipated repair bills. The 2007 and 2008 Audi Q7 models are no exception to this trend, with relatively mediocre scores on J. D. Power’s reliability rating scale. The 2007 model scored two out of five stars on overall reliability, powertrain dependability, and feature and accessory dependability, but managed three out of five stars on body and interior dependability. The 2008 model fared slightly better, with 2.5 out of five stars on overall dependability, two out of five stars on powertrain and feature and accessory reliability, and 3.5 stars on body and interior dependability. All Audis come with a standard four-year, 50,000-mile warranty, although Audi does not offer free maintenance as some of the higher-end luxury vehicles do. Audi does offer four-year free roadside assistance and a free first check-up.

Audi Q7 Safety Ratings

The Q7 received five out of five stars in the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s testing of front and side impact crash safety. The Q7 was also chosen as one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Picks” for its high scores in their front, side, and rollover crash tests. The Q7 includes onboard safety equipment such as electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and front and side-curtain airbags.

How much is car insurance for an Audi Q7?

Average yearly insurance costs for the 2012 Audi Q7 are $1,661 to $1,880 depending on trim level. In comparison, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade averages $2,106 per year, the 2012 Land Rover R4 averages $1,646 per year, and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL averages $2,011 per year. Insurance costs can vary greatly depending on types of accessories included; for example, a high-end sound system will translate into a higher comprehensive premium due to the fact that these systems may be a bigger target for thieves. You will also notice a difference from other drivers in your insurance premiums based on your driving record, age, gender, location, and even occupation. Certain things will drive your insurance costs up; a poor credit score is likely to mean that you will pay more for insurance, and a claim within the last three years, especially for an at-fault accident, means that your rate quotes will be higher. You can keep your rates low by adjusting your deductible and coverage amounts, if necessary.

You can find the best prices for your 2012 Audi Q7 insurance by entering your ZIP code above. You will receive quotes from a number of insurance companies and can easily compare rates and coverage. Be sure that all policy quotes are for identical coverage and deductibles before making your choice. You can also talk to agents from your chosen companies about adjusting your deductibles or your liability limits before making your purchase.