The 2018 Audi Q7 has been among the top players in luxury SUV and crossover segment and the top of the line has a loyal fan following. While the buzz regarding the release of its new flagship Q8 is making headlines, the Q7 is not going to be retired anytime soon. On the contrary, Audi has given the Q7 a makeover for 2018. This will help it tackle rivals from stables of Mercedes Benz and JLR. The Q7 does not get drastic changes in design but the boost in technology and cabin amenities are commendable.
2018 Audi Q7 – Unique Feature
Like the 2017 model, 2018 Audi Q7 looks quite sleek and in the exterior, sharp creases are more evident than curvy lines. The typical Audi grille with a hexagonal shape and sharp angular headlamps are there, but with slight modifications. The lamps are all LED powered. Its Panoramic sunroof with sunshade adds to the oomph to an extent. The car is expected to be launched in three trims- Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The top trim gets special 20 inch run flat tires.
The cabin of 2018 Audi Q7, as expected is laden with touches of luxury. You will find it hard to locate something that looks cheap actually. The cargo space is decent though rivals like new Volvo XC 90 can beat it. However, the passengers will not jostle for space inside the cabin of the 2018 Q7. You also get cup holders and places to store your accessories and small gadgets inside the cabin. The third-row seats are as expected not ideal for tall adults. The cabin is mostly insulated from road and engine noise. All trims get 3 -zone automatic climate control.
2018 Audi Q7 – Drivetrain Configuration
The Prestige trim gets 3.0-litre diesel engine with 333 hp, that is amazingly quiet and this is optional on two other trims of Audi Q7 2018. There is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in base trim and Premium Plus which also performs well. An air suspension is optional which improves ride quality. You may be amazed the Q7, despite its huge footprint is nimble and easy to drive on all terrains. The engine is aided by an eight-speed automatic transmission unit. Audi is expected to enhance fuel economy figures in both engines for 2018. Towing capacity may also go up from 4400 pounds.
Audi Q7 2018 ticks almost all boxes when it comes to advanced safety technologies. It can actually beat most segment rivals in this segment. All trims get safety features like traction control, antilock brakes, airbags and parking sensors along with forwarding collision warning and a rearview camera. You can also opt for Audi Connect services that comprise of automatic crash notification, emergency assistance. In Prestige and Premium Plus trims, you get rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. Optional are forward collision mitigation and Lane departure warning.
Base trim of 2018 Audi Q7 gets 18-inch alloy wheels, power-folding heated mirrors, LED running lights, roof rails, MMI infotainment system, satellite radio, Bluetooth and Leather seating surfaces. In Premium Plus you get LED interior lighting, keyless entry, and MMI Navigation plus package. With it, you can buy a Warm Weather package. Top trim gets Bose surround-sound audio setup, 8.3-inch central display, additional interior lighting, and a Top view camera system.
2018 Audi Q7 – Price and Release Date
Audi is yet to reveal official pricing for 2018 Q7. However, an expected base trim price could be around $56,000. It will get late 2017 release date.
The 2018 Audi Q7 is a nice and solid performing large luxury crossover SUV. It gets the technology and entertainment features just right. If Audi can keep pricing right, it can trounce most rivals with ease.