2020 Audi Q7 In-Depth Walkaround Reveals A Properly Modern SUV

The current-generation Audi Q7 has been around since early 2015, and more recently it’s had to put up with a brand new BMW X5, a brand new Mercedes GLE, an all-new Cayenne and even a new VW Touareg.

In order to not have it fall too far behind, Audi gave its large people hauler an extensive makeover, both inside and out, helping it better align itself with the rest of Ingolstadt’s crossover range, while also increasing its competitiveness level as far as its rivals are concerned.

In terms of looks, it’s obvious that the Q7 is now a more modern product, boasting new headlights and taillights, plus a new and arguably more sporty grille design, featuring vertical lines instead of horizontal ones.

Whole new interior

We actually doubted that Audi would go as far as to swap the Q7’s old dashboard with the one from the Q8 but alas, they’ve gone and done it and it’s definitely a major improvement.

The SUV now boasts Audi’s latest MMI infotainment tech, with a pair of large touchscreen displays in the middle, joined by the Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster. Meanwhile, you can get a Head-up display too, if you’re willing to spend a little extra.

Also read: New Mercedes-Benz GLE Vies For German SUV Supremacy – Does It Win?

The car being analyzed here by Autogefuhl is a sporty S Line model, full of optional extras such as HD Matrix Laser headlights, soft-close doors, the works. However, following this facelift, the Q7 is better equipped than ever before even as a base-spec model, which should thrill potential customers on both sides of the Atlantic.

As for its engine range, Audi will offer a choice of two 3.0-liter V6 diesel engines (228 HP and 282 HP), a 335 HP TFSI gasoline unit and a plug-in hybrid. All engines will be paired up with an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission and all-wheel drive.

 

  • Puddingpopper

    SMDH

  • baofe

    Audi’s SUV design language is struggling, this looks really fussy imo

    • Bo Hanan

      Audi’s make great cars for 4 reason:
      1. Company car.
      2. Friends car
      3. Brand new and plenty of warranty.
      4. Preowned after everything has been replaced or rebuilt, and there’s still warranty left.

  • Aelwyn

    Agreed. I’d say 10-15 years ago, I was a huge fan of Audi design. Now, of the big three German luxury marques, they have the most boring, pedestrian-looking designs out there. Seems to coincide with the departure of Peter Schreyer (who’s now at Kia). Today’s Audi lineup invokes all the excitement of a range of toaster ovens.

    As an aside, a general observation: it’s interesting that BMW gets countless articles attacking the grille design on the new 7 series and the X7, while Audi can get away with these gaping, cheap-plastic-looking maws on their grilles without anyone batting an eye. I’d wager that in terms of total area, these current Audi grilles are in fact larger than anything BMW’s doing. Go figure.

  • I used to love Audi… The A6 Avant C7 (with Xenon + Leds lamps like eyes) was pinnacle of their Design… since it goot too big, too complicated and sometimes stupid. When others finally understand we don’t want stupid touch screens instead of knobs for basic fonctions and Audi was praised for its MMI, they go full on touch screens, and don’t place them in the line of sight from the road… WHY? Who is to blame? Now I like the Tuareg dash more. Only good thing I have to say and maybe it’s thanks to the X7, the grille didn’t go bigger than before, it looks like a big Q3, too bad for the chrome teeth and radars in the grille (like on most Audis now). I’m starting to like more an more Mercedes and BMW.

    • Puddingpopper

      Mercedes is crushing it for sure

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