Even the entry-level 2018 Audi Q7 Premium wants for little, but a generous walk through this crossover’s optional equipment list turns it into a decadent luxury crossover.
We’re giving it points above average for its high standard content level, its decadent options, its huge technology (both standard and optional), and its customizability. It’s a perfect 10 here, as long as you keep an eye on the bottom line. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
At $50,875, including a $975 destination charge, the Q7 Premium comes standard with leather upholstery, a rearview camera, automatic windshield wipers, power front seats, a panoramic moonroof, and a power-folding third row. For 2018, Audi has made keyless ignition standard on all models.
A 7.0-inch infotainment screen comes on the Premium, but navigation and Apple CarPlay require ponying up $3,000 for the MMI Navigation Plus Package. Otherwise, the Q7 Premium’s only major package bundles heated rear seats with a heated steering wheel.
Q7s with the MMI Navigation Plus Package are also among the very first cars that can communicate directly with urban infrastructure. In select cities, the Q7 receives data like when a signal will change from red to green from traffic nerve centers. For now, this tech’s usefulness is limited, but vehicle-to-infrastructure communication is a big step on the road to self-driving cars.
The Q7 Premium Plus runs $54,875 and brings with it the navigation package, a power-adjustable steering column, Bose speakers, and LED interior lights. It’s also available with far more optional equipment, including the Driver Assistance Package with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, and the Vision Package that bundles LED headlights with a surround-view camera system and the Digital Cockpit system. Digital Cockpit is Audi-speak for a high-resolution, 12.3-inch LCD screen that replaces analog gauges. It can be configured to show anything from basic gauges to a stunning Google Earth satellite map, which requires ponying up for a monthly data plan.
Ventilated front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, and upsized wheels are among the Premium Plus’ additional options.
Both the Premium and Premium Plus come standard with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder; the V-6 runs a hefty $6,500 more.
At the top of the lineup sits the V-6-only Prestige at $66,375. It adds to the Premium Plus larger alloy wheels, automatic door closers, and the Vision Package. Prestige models are exclusively available with a Luxury Package that includes upgraded leather, ventilated front seats with a massaging function, and an Alcantara synthetic suede headliner. An extra-cost air suspension grouped with four-wheel steering is also exclusive to the Prestige.
All in, a loaded up Q7 Prestige is around $90,000. That’s big money, but this crossover certainly pampers at that level.
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