Although among the oldest models in the segment, the Q7 is still a relevant player on the market. It is a versatile family SUV, which comes packed with loads of technologies. After the 2020 update, it also looks quite modern, so it’s no wonder that the 2022 Audi Q7 is coming without bigger changes. Practically, the only updates come in terms of new standard safety features, while the Black Optic appearance package is now available in base models with a turbo-four engine.
On the other hand, the overall layout remains the same. This means that you may count on the familiar benefits this SUV offers. This particularly refers to the handsome interior design and a long list of features. Furthermore, the Q7 is easy to drive and its excellent sound insulation makes it very comfortable on long journeys. However, the 7-year-old SUV isn’t without flaws. The engines are thirsty, while the third row of seats and cargo area are pretty tight.
2022 Audi Q7 Redesign
The 2022 Audi Q7 is one of the last year’s models of the generation and if we consider the 2020 update, it was expected to see it without changes. It still features the same overall design, based on the well-known MLB platform. A lot of parts are shared with more expensive siblings like Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga and we particularly like the suspension setup. The ride is perfectly balanced and offers both a high level of comfort and composed handling.
Styling-wise, things are pretty much the same as in the 2020 model, which received a facelift. There is a new front end, characterized by a sharper design solution, with a massive grille, edgy headlights etc. As we already mentioned, one of the biggest novelties is that the Black Optic package is now available in base versions. This package includes unique black wheels, blacked grille, black bumper inserts, black roof etc.
Audi designers have always been masters when it comes to interior designs. This family SUV is no exception. The overall build quality is excellent, while the materials are impressive as well. We particularly like the dashboard design, which is designed in a conservative, classic manner, but which is boosted with loads of tech features and fancy materials. Such a combination looks excellent.
Besides great quality and attractive look, this cabin is also comfortable and practical. This particularly refers to the first two rows. The front seats are massive and supportive, while the driving position is very good. The second row is also very generous with space. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the third row, which offers less room compared to most rivals.
The cargo area offers around 14.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 35.7 cubic feet behind the second, and a maximum of 69.6 cubic feet in total. That’s also way below-average for the segment.
The 2022 Audi Q7 comes with a pretty long list of standard equipment. All models come with goodies like tri-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, push-button start, a 10.1-inch upper touch screen, an 8.6-inch lower touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, navigation, Bluetooth, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a 10-speaker stereo. Additionally, you can get options like quad-zone climate control, wireless device charging, a 19-speaker Bose stereo, and a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with goodies like a pre-collision warning and braking system, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and a rearview camera. Among options, you can find things like a surround-view parking camera system, a night vision camera, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and intersection assist.
2022 Audi Q7 Engines
The 2022 Audi Q7 continues with three familiar engine options under the hood. Base versions use a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It offers decent driving dynamics but isn’t particularly efficient. It returns around 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is poor for the class.
The optional V6 is a much better choice. It is good for about 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and delivers much better driving dynamics. Also, the fuel economy is pretty similar to the turbo-four.
Finally, there is the SQ7 model, which comes with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and features a max output of 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. This one needs just 4.3 seconds to hit 60 mph.