Audi Q7
Manufacturer Audi
Parent company Volkswagen Group
Production 2005—present
Assembly Bratislava, Slovakia
Changchun, China[1]
Jakarta, Indonesia (Garuda Matraman Motor)
Class Full-size crossover SUV
Body style(s) 5-door SUV
Layout longitudinal front engine,
quattro permanent four-wheel drive
Platform Volkswagen Group PL71 platform
Engine(s) 4.2L V8 FSI
3.6L VR6 FSI
4.2L V8 TDI
3.0L V6 TDI
6.0L V12 TDI

6-speed automatic

8-speed start-stop Automatic
Wheelbase 118.2 in (3002 mm)
Length 2005-09: 200.2 in (5085 mm)
2010-: 200.3 in (5088 mm)
Width 78.1 in (1984 mm)
Height 2005-09: 68.3 in (1735 mm)
2010-: 68.4 in (1737 mm)
Kerb weight 4850-5730 lb (2205-2605 kg)
Related Porsche Cayenne
Volkswagen Touareg

The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV unveiled in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production of the Q7 began in autumn of 2005 in Bratislava, Slovakia.[2] It is the first SUV offering from Audi. Later, Audi's second SUV, the Q5, was unveiled as a 2010 model.


The Q7 (internally designated Typ 4L) utilizes a modified version of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. Based on the Audi Pikes Peak quattro concept car, the Q7 is designed more for on-road use, and was not meant for serious off-road use where a transfer case is needed. In an off road test through the Australian outback it fared well for a "soft roader",.[3] Although it lacks a low-range transfer case, it has quattro permanent four wheel drive system with a central differential lock, and an adjustable-height air suspension which helps in off road situations.

First generation (2005-)Edit


  • Q7 offers a feature marketed as AMI, or Audi Music Interface, to allow user manipulation of an iPod or similar MP3-style player, which can play through the main sound system.
  • Q7 was the first Audi model to offer Side Assist, a type of blind-spot detection and warning system.


Petrol engines
ModelYearEngine typePower, torque@rpm
3.6 FSI2006–20093,597 cc (3.597 L/219.5 cu in) VR6 FSI280 PS (210 kW/280 hp)@6200, 360 N·m (270 lb·ft)@2500-5000
4.2 FSI2005–20094,163 cc (4.163 L/254.0 cu in) V8 FSI350 PS (260 kW/350 hp)@6800, 440 N·m (320 lb·ft)@3500
Diesel engines
ModelYearEngine typePower, torque@rpm
3.0 TDI2005–20072,967 cc (2.967 L/181.1 cu in) V6 turbo233 PS (171 kW/230 hp)@4000, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1750-2750
3.0 TDI2007–20092,967 cc (2.967 L/181.1 cu in) V6 turbo240 PS (177 kW/237 hp)@4000-4400, 550 N·m (406 lb·ft)@2000-2250
3.0 TDI clean diesel2009-2,967 cc (2.967 L/181.1 cu in) V6 turbo240 PS (177 kW/237 hp)@4000-4400, 550 N·m (406 lb·ft)@2000-2250
4.2 TDI2007–20094,134 cc (4.134 L/252.3 cu in) V8 turbo326 PS (240 kW/322 hp)@3750, 760 N·m (561 lb·ft)@1800-2500
V12 TDI2008-5,934 cc (5.934 L/362.1 cu in) V12 twin turbo500 PS (368 kW/493 hp)@3750, 1,000 N·m (738 lb·ft)@1750-3250

0-100 KM/h performance for Q7 3.6 VR6 FSI is 8.5s, and for 4.2 V8 FSI is 7.4S.


2007 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro 02

2007 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro (Australia)

Despite its multiple airbags and safety electronics, such as Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), the Q7 scored only four stars out of five (Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg) in the Euro NCAP crash test for adult occupant protection.[4] According to Audi, this was caused by a design error, and has since been fixed in cars manufactured after the test which should allegedly lead to five stars. Official tests to prove this remain to be done as of March 2009.

However in the USA, the Q7 received five out of five stars (Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg) from the NHTSA safety test for both front and side impacts. The IIHS awarded the Q7 its Top Safety Pick, with Good ratings in all 14 measured categories of the front and side impact test.[5]

North American modelsEdit

It was first released as 2007 model, with Q7 4.2 quattro available at launch.[6]

Q7 hybrid (2005)Edit

The Q7 hybrid was a concept vehicle using the engine from the 4.2 FSI with an electric motor to provide 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) extra torque, and nickel-metal hydride battery. It has 0–100 km/h acceleration of 6.8s. The vehicle weighs 2,410 kg (5,300 lb), 140 kg (310 lb) heavier than the petrol counterpart.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.[7]

Audi reportedly was going to introduce a hybrid version of the Q7 sometime in the future.[8] However, the low US dollar caused Audi to drop the plans for the US market, but stated limited quantities would be available for the commercial market.[9] Audi's research and development chief, Michael Dick, later announced Q7 hybrid would be produced in limited numbers for test purposes only and that development work would focus on a more advanced lithium-ion battery-based hybrid system for the Q5.[10]

Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel (2009)Edit

The Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel is a version of 3.0 V6 TDI with selective catalytic reduction. The engine was later used in the next generation of the Q7 for the European market.

US models of the 2009 Audi Q7 TDI Premium went on sale in 2009-04 with a base MSRP of $50,900 (excluding a destination charge of $825, taxes, title or dealer charges).[11]

Q7 4.2 TDI (2007-2009)Edit

The vehicle was unveiled in 2007 Geneva Motor Show.

Production version went on sale in early summer 2007.[12]

Q7 V12 TDI (2008-)Edit

The engine was based on the diesel technology from Audi R10 TDI race car, but with larger displacement. The engine was rated at 500 PS (370 kW/490 hp) and 1,000 N·m (740 lb·ft), making it the most powerful diesel engine, and also the only twelve-cylinder diesel engine, used in any passenger car. It has 0–100 km/h acceleration of 5.5 seconds. The Q7 V12 TDI according to Audi is the best handling Q7 due to a revised suspension, tires and brakes. Audi claims the Q7 V12 TDI can handle a lateral inclination of over .9 g's on a 300 foot skid-pad.[13]

The concept vehicle originally appeared at the 2006 Paris Motor Show.

Originally, Audi announced to build a version for the US market using diesel engines jointly developed with Volkswagen and Mercedes under the label "Bluetec".[14] Audi was later reported to not be bringing the Q7 V12 TDI to the US market.[15]

Audi Q7 coastline (2008)Edit

It is a concept version of Q7 V12 TDI with Inuit white interior with wood decoration. The design theme was inspired by luxury yachts.[16]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2008 Geneva Motor Show.[17]

Lawsuit on the use of the letter QEdit

In early 2005, Nissan North America Inc. filed a lawsuit against Audi over the use of the letter "Q" as a model name.[18]

Audi is using the "Q" for the designation of their quattro four-wheel drive system, used in production cars for over twenty-five years (Audi's quattro trademark is actually an umbrella term for several types of four wheel drive systems developed by Torsen, Haldex Traction AB, and Borg-Warner, the latter being used in the Q7). Nissan's Infiniti marque had been using Q as the name for sedans (the Q45) and SUVs (the QX4 and QX56) since 1989.

A settlement between Audi AG and Nissan was reached in late 2006. The agreement stipulates that Audi will only use the Q-prefix for two models, the Q5 and the Q7.

Facelift (2009-)Edit

Audi Q7 (Facelift) front 20110115.jpg
Audi Q7 (Facelift) rear 20110115.jpg
Front and rear views of an Audi Q7 (Germany)

The vehicle was unveiled in 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.[19]

Exterior changes include new front and rear lights which better incorporate LED lighting with optional LED turn signals and daytime running lights, new wheel designs, chrome accents, four new paint colors, and updated body styling in the front and rear.

A redesigned interior includes a new instrument cluster, new leather seating, ambient door lighting, new interior color choices, new trim, and the third generation MMI control system.[20]

Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (2009-)Edit

2009-2010 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro 01

Audi Q7 TDI (Australia; facelift)

It is a version of 3.0 TDI with selective catalytic reduction. CO2 emission was reduced to 234 g/km with Euro 6 certification, but the vehicle is 50 kg (110 lb) heavier. It's been reported that at 72.5MPH the Audi Q7 TDI will get 29+ miles per gallon (diesel).

Q7 2011Edit

A brand new facelift and LED headlights with a 8 speed start stop, CO2 reduced to 195 g/km and a wraparound tailgate. Also full paint finishes and metallic colours available and 21 inch alloys in titanium effect and 37 miles to the gallon.

US modelsEdit

The vehicles were introduced in 2009 as 2010 models. Available models include 3.6 FSI quattro, 4.2 FSI quattro, 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro.

Changes include standard LED taillights with available LED turn signals and daytime running lights, SIRIUS traffic system.

Production version went on sale in September 2009.[21]

For 2011 the 3.6 FSI and 4.2 FSI were replaced by two 3.0 L TFSI supercharged engines. The base version develops 272hp and 295 ft-lbs while the S-Line has 333hp and 325 ft-lbs.


Petrol engines
ModelYearEngine typePower, torque@rpm
3.6 FSI quattro2009-3,597 cc (3.597 L/219.5 cu in) V6 FSI280 PS (206 kW/276 hp)@6200, 360 N·m (266 lb·ft)@2500-5000
4.2 FSI quattro2009-4,163 cc (4.163 L/254.0 cu in) V8 FSI350 PS (257 kW/345 hp)@6800, 440 N·m (325 lb·ft)@3500
Diesel engines
ModelYearEngine typePower, torque@rpm
3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro2009-2,967 cc (2.967 L/181.1 cu in) V6 turbo240 PS (177 kW/237 hp)@4000-4400, 550 N·m (406 lb·ft)@2000-2250
4.2 TDI quattro2009-4,134 cc (4.134 L/252.3 cu in) V8 turbo340 PS (250 kW/335 hp)@4000, 760 N·m (561 lb·ft)@1750-3000
6.0 TDI quattro2008–20105,934 cc (5.934 L/362.1 cu in) V12 twin turbo500 PS (368 kW/493 hp)@3750, 1,000 N·m (738 lb·ft)@1750-3250


All models include 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission as standard. No manual transmission is offered.

See alsoEdit


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