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Audi Q7 Named Best Luxury SUV in Autos Community Survey

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2021 Audi Q7 was shown to have a record number of votes according to the latest survey carried out by Autos Community team. The car received a voting majority over its competitors. The survey took views from more than 12,756 of car lovers, car experts and automotive bloggers. Finally, our editors took a turn at the wheel of the 2021 Audi Q7 and came to a consensus on an overall rating for the vehicle relative to its competitive set.

Despite its three rows of seats and slightly stodgy styling, the Audi Q7 maintains the fun-to-drive nature that makes an Audi an Audi. Buyers can choose from two turbocharged engines—a 248-hp four-cylinder or a 335-hp V-6—both of which offer good pep for everything from in-town errands to highway cruises. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard, but the sportier models in the lineup make good use of an optional four-wheel steering system and an adaptive air suspension to deliver even more agile handling.

Interior

With its minimalist, contemporary design matched with loads of technology and excellent comfort and build quality, the Q7’s cabin is a special place. Beautiful materials and design highlight the Q7’s interior, as do the intelligent layout of its controls and the comfortable seats that feature ample support and adjustability. Entry-level Premium versions come nicely outfitted, and the number of upscale features can get supremely luxurious in the higher trim levels.

Cargo

As with most three-row SUVs, there isn’t a ton of cargo space in Audi’s cargo area when all of its seats are in use. But it has available space compared with its key rivals, and the rearmost row can be quickly raised or lowered via power controls, which makes up for the somewhat clumsy operation of the middle row.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Audi Q7 comes standard with a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen and a smaller 8.6-inches located below that to adjust the climate control and vehicle settings. Audi’s been busy adding this new infotainment system to its lineup; it can be found in the A6, A7, and A8 sedans, as well as the Q8 SUV.

All 2021 Q7 models also come with the Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. Audiophiles can revel in several audio options, topped by a Bang & Olufsen system with 23 speakers and 1920 watts of juice.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Several driver-assistance features are either standard or optional on the Q7, which will make it attractive to buyers transporting precious cargo.

Key safety features include:
  •  Standard automated emergency braking and forward-collision warning
  •  Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  •  Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Editor’s Note

The adjustability of the optional air suspension, paired with the added agility of four-wheel steering, makes the Audi Q7 surprisingly fun to flog down a twisty back road. It also rides quite smoothly.

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