2015 Audi Q7

What's new for 2015? The 2015 Audi Q7 receives three new options packages (Offroad Style Plus, Sport Style Plus, Luxury) and a few minor trim changes, including the deletion of the optional rear seat entertainment system.

Another year has come and gone, yet the aging 2015 Audi Q7 continues to stay the course. The Q7 is a seven-passenger luxury SUV that features an upscale driving feel and a plush interior, but it hasn't changed that much since it was introduced in 2007. The interior really is quite nice, with high-quality surfaces and excellent build quality, while Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system is both capable and visually appealing. As far as engines go, the optional TDI diesel-powered V6 delivers an impressive 28 mpg on the highway, along with a healthy wallop of torque for passing or hill climbing. The Q7 is also surprisingly nimble for such a large vehicle, inspiring confidence where some other three-row luxury SUVs would feel bulky and out of sorts.

The Q7 is best on the open road. Its reflexes are surprisingly quick, and the elongated body has a way of shrink-wrapping itself around you at speed. As luxury SUVs go, this one's pretty fun to drive.

Exterior Highlights
Full-size, seven-passenger luxury SUV available in 3.0T Premium, TDI Premium , 3.0T Premium Plus, TDI Premium Plus, 3.0T S line Prestige and TDI Prestige

The 2015 Audi Q7 is a full-size, seven-passenger luxury SUV offered in six trim levels: 3.0T Premium, TDI Premium, 3.0T Premium Plus, TDI Premium Plus, 3.0T S line Prestige and TDI Prestige. The 3.0T models come with the gasoline V6 engine (with extra output for the 3.0T S line Prestige), while the TDI models get the diesel V6.

The 3.0T Premium comes standard with 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights with LED running lights, LED turn signals and taillights, rear parking sensors, roof rails, a power liftgate (with programmable opening angle), heated mirrors, automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power heated front seats (with four-way lumbar), a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, burl walnut inlays, a sliding and reclining 40/20/40-split second-row seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Technology features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, Audi's basic MMI with a 6.5-inch display screen and an 11-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an iPod interface.

The TDI Premium gets the same standard equipment, with the addition of 19-inch wheels.

The 3.0T Premium Plus and TDI Premium Plus add a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, front parking sensors, auto-dimming and power-folding exterior mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a color trip computer, driver memory functions, blind spot monitoring, Bluetooth audio connectivity, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with HD radio and an upgraded version of MMI ("MMI navigation plus") with a 7-inch display screen, a navigation system, voice controls and Audi Connect (enhanced Web-based navigation and information services along with WiFi hotspot capability).

The 3.0T S line Prestige adds 20-inch wheels, sport-themed exterior styling details, adaptive headlights, a corner-view camera system, ventilated front seats and the Warm Weather package (optional on Premium Plus), which includes deep tinting for the sunroof, four-zone automatic climate control and manual sunshades for the rear doors and tailgate.

The TDI Prestige goes without the sporty exterior flourishes (they're optional), but is otherwise similarly equipped.

Some of the standard features on the upper trim levels are available on the lower trims as options. The Offroad Style Plus package (Premium Plus only) includes different 20-inch wheels, front and rear skid plates, rugged-looking fender flares and bumpers and "black optic" exterior trim. The Sport Style Plus package (Prestige only) is similar to the Offroad Style Plus package, but substitutes 21-inch wheels and different fender flares and bumpers.

Additional options for Prestige models include an adaptive air suspension, adaptive cruise control, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system and a Luxury package (synthetic suede headliner and extended leather trim). The 3.0T S line Prestige is eligible for an S line interior package that adds a black headliner, brushed aluminum inlays, an S line shift knob and an S line three-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles; the TDI Prestige's S line package bundles these items with the 3.0T S line Prestige's exterior add-ons.

Optional on all trims are rear side airbags, a Towing package and a Cold Weather package, which adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

Top-notch materials, sleek and well-designed dashboard layout, cockpit-like feel for driver, MMI nav system with Audi Connect, 3G WiFi connection

The 2015 Q7's interior is par for the course with Audi, which means plenty of top-notch materials and a sleek, well-designed dashboard layout. The front compartment is clearly built around the driver, creating a cockpit-like feel that's unusual in a large SUV. The MMI electronics interface boasts logical menus and crisp graphics. A particularly useful aspect of the upgraded MMI navigation plus system is Audi Connect, which provides an in-vehicle 3G WiFi connection, Google Earth data for the navigation system and simplified Google search for places of interest.

As for space, adult-sized passengers will have plenty of it in the Q7's first two rows, and they'll appreciate that the second-row seats both slide and recline to enhance long-haul comfort. The third row, however, is suitable only for kids. There is 72.5 cubic feet of space with the second and third rows folded flat.

Standard safety features on the 2015 Audi Q7 include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and rear parking sensors. Front parking sensors, a rearview camera and a blind spot warning system are standard on the Premium Plus and Prestige trims. A corner-view camera system is a Prestige exclusive. Second-row side airbags are optional on all trims.

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