The Audi Q7 Was Dynamic and Defective In 2017

Audi’s Q7 is one of the most refined luxury SUVs that you can buy. This cruiser presents drivers with an extensive list of wonderful features both inside and out. However, this luxury SUV has almost as many problems as it does perks. 

Why 2017 was a big year for the Q7

A grey 2017 Audi Q7 parked  curbside.
2017 Audi Q7 | Audi

The Q7 was completely redesigned in 2017. When it was new, the 2017 Q7 made a splash with an updated turbocharged four-cylinder engine on the base models. Auto critics also praised this model for its exceptionally lavish interior. 

What the 2017 Q7 gets right

Performance capabilities are a major component of the 2017 Q7. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes a satisfying 252-horsepower but as Consumer Reports notes, it’s better suited for Audi’s smaller models. Because of this, the available 333-hp, 3.0-liter V6 engine is the more appealing choice. 

The V6 helps this heavy SUV glide happily and the eight-speed automatic makes the Q7 that much smoother. CR says that this ride is so comfortable that passengers won’t want to leave the cabin. In addition to its exquisite comfort levels, the Q7 also boasts above-average towing capabilities for an SUV that isn’t truck-based.  Fuel economy isn’t one of the Q7’s strong suits though. 

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Interior features are a selling point too

The Q7’s high-end cabin can seat up to seven passengers comfortably. It also comes standard with leather upholstery and an attractive infotainment system. Standard infotainment features include a 7-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, and Bluetooth. For a larger display screen and features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you will have to go up to the Premium Plus version.

Low-reliability scores put a damper on the Q7

CR gave the 2017 Q7 a low predicted reliability score and so did J.D. Power.  This 2017 model was recalled seven times. The first recall actions on the 2017 Q7 were related to its airbags and rear-seat assembly. The SUV was subsequently recalled for potential issues with its software, power assist system, and for additional concerns with its fuel system. 

It’s not the best used-option out there

Sideview of the 2019 Audi Q7
2019 Audi Q7 | Audi

While the 2017 Q7 comes packed with tons of desirable features, the recall actions on the model along with other common issues mean it probably isn’t worth the potential sacrifices. We don’t recommend this model specifically as a good-used car option. However, if you are set on this SUV, make sure to address these trouble spots with your auto dealer.

As you are weighing your options, it’s also worth considering the 2019 Q7 since it has a much better-predicted reality rating. But, there are three recalls on this version that you should be aware of. Other options with higher predicted reliability ratings include the 2017 Lexus RX. 

The RX isn’t as sporty as the Q7, but it’s wonderfully smooth and comfortable. This Lexus can also seat up to seven. And if you can compromise on the third-row, check out the 2017 BMW X5 too.