Omar Rana | Sep 28, 2020

Exterior view of the 2020 Audi Q7 against a rural background

There's no doubt that if a manufacturer wants to be taken seriously by today's luxury car buyer, it has to have a compelling SUV option.

Right now, the luxury SUV segment is one of the most cut-throat and competitive segments in the automotive market, and there are a ton of choices available. One of those choices is the Audi Q7, and it just received a significant update for the 2020 model year.

So let's take a tour of the mid-size German luxury SUV, and I'll show you why I think it's a great option in the segment.

2020 Audi Q7 Prestige Exterior

Exterior view of the 2020 Audi Q7

For a mid-cycle, the changes to the Q7, the changes are fairly significant. Right away, you'll notice some significant updates which bring the Q7's design language more in line with the brand's current lineup.

Starting at the front, you have Audi's giant Singleframe grille which really makes the vehicle stand out, and fans of the brand will notice how closely it resembles the front end of the Q8. Not many changes are visible in profile, besides the fact you get 19-inch wheels with all-season tires as standard. My Audi Q7 Prestige test model featured the optional 20-inch wheels, and in my opinion, they look super cool. If you want to go bigger, you can opt for 22-inch wheels, which are available for an extra $2,000. Out back, there are new taillights which add a lot of character.

As always, my favorite part about all Audi models are the headlights and taillights, as the company's lights are some of the best in the game. All Audi models come standard with LED lighting, or you can upgrade to the HD Matrix like the one on my test model. Overall, the lines of the Audi Q7 deftly balance luxury and sport, which I always appreciate.

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2020 Audi Q7 Prestige Interior

Interior view of the 2020 Audi Q7

While there were some tweaks to the exterior, most major upgrades to the Q7 are inside the cabin. Once again, the updates follow the Q8's lead, and include a dual screen MMI infotainment system and Audi's virtual cockpit display as standard.

When it comes to a quality-built cabin, Audi is definitely one of the industry leaders. Everywhere you touch, there are loads of soft-touch materials, and the real woodgrain trim is beautiful. That said, the Audi Q7 also comes standard with a lot of features that its competition offer only as options. For example, you get standard three-zone climate control, heated leather front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a power 50/50 split folding third row, and much more.

When it comes to tech, you really don't have to add many upgrades, because the Audi Q7 comes standard with the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit instrument cluster and the MMI with dual displays, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. I can't tell you how surprising it is that Audi gives you all those things as standard option on all Q7 trims, because its competitors make them fairly pricey options.

Of course, there are still plenty of options available. Through the addition of some packages, you can add a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, cooled front seats, massaging seats, an upgraded sound system, and a wireless charger.

When it comes to legroom, the second row features 39 inches of space, which is generous. When it comes to the third row, there's a total 29.2-inches, which is tighter, but fine for quick trips or small children.

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2020 Audi Q7 Prestige Performance

See the engine block of the 2020 Audi Q7

The Q7 55 Prestige I tested was powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 which makes 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which allows for a zero-to-60 time of 5.7 seconds, which is pretty impressive.If you're the power-hungry sort, you can upgrade to the SQ7 which makes 500 horsepower and will make the sprint to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

Now, I've driven a lot of the luxury SUVs in this segment, including the BMW X5, Cadillac XT6, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Lexus RX, and Volvo XC90. That said, I've always been a fan of the Audi Q7, and after spending a week with it, I'm even more impressed. In terms of ride quality, the Audi Q7 is extremely extremely smooth, the cabin is super quiet, and even the standard turbocharged V6 provides more than enough power for everyday driving.

Regarding fuel economy, the Audi Q7 averages an EPA-rated 17/21 mpg (city/highway).

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2020 Audi Q7 Prestige Safety

See the safety equipment of the 2020 Audi Q7

Depending on how you equip your Audi Q7, you can have a variety of driver-assist tech, including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, collision mitigation, a heads-up display and much more.

Nonetheless, Audi's virtual 360 camera has to be one of the best in the industry. Their image mapping technology is definitely very advanced, and gives you a crystal-clear picture of your surroundings.

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2020 Audi Q7 Prestige Overall

Exterior view of the 2020 Audi Q7

My top picks in the segment include the BMW X5, Mercedes GLE, Lexus RX, Volvo XC90 and of course the Audi Q7. Keep in mind though, the Audi Q7 is one of the few luxury SUVs that comes with a long list of standard features.

Pricing for the 2020 Audi Q7 starts at $54,800 for the base Q7 Premium 45 model. So if you're in the market for a luxury SUV, make sure you visit your local AutoNation Audi dealership for a test drive today.

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2020 Audi Q7 Prestige Specs

Layout

4-door, 5-passenger, AWD

Engine/Transmission

3.0L turbocharged V6, 335 hp, 369 lb-ft
Eight-speed automatic

Mileage

24/31 mpg (city/hwy)

NHTSA Safety Rating

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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