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2020 Audi Q7 Gets Four-Cylinder After All, Lower Base Price (and Worse MPG)

2020 Audi Q7

We just got our first look at the refreshed 2020 Audi Q7 at the Chicago Auto Show, with its updated styling and new screens inside, but the news doesn’t stop there. Audi has announced that the Q7 will once again offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which drops the entry-level price for the luxury three-row SUV significantly. The 2019 Q7 offered a choice between a four-cylinder engine and a supercharged V-6 engine, so it was curious that Audi’s initial introduction of the changes for the 2020 Q7 only included the new turbocharged V-6.

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The base engine is the same as the 2019 model, and the 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder also comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission like the V-6; all-wheel drive remains standard. I’m glad that the four-cylinder is back, which makes the Q7 more affordable. When I test drove the Q7 back in 2017 with a four-cylinder, I found it to be plenty powerful even when carrying around a full load of passengers and luggage.

Due to go on sale in the spring, the four-cylinder is offered on Premium and Premium Plus trim levels of the Q7, with the Premium starting at $55,795 (prices include a $995 destination charge) and the Premium Plus at $58,195. That’s $6,000 less than the V-6-equipped versions of those same Q7s. Compared with the base price of the 2019 Q7, it’s an increase of $1,250.

What’s less clear is how much you’ll save on gas. Interestingly, four-cylinder and V-6 versions of the 2019 Q7 had identical fuel-economy estimates, 19/25/21 mpg city/highway/mpg. Strangely, the 2020 Q7 with the new V-6 actually gets worse fuel economy (17/21/18 mpg), and we are still waiting on final estimates for the four-cylinder to be released.

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Editor’s note: This story was updated Feb. 12, 2020, to add the four-cylinder variant’s on-sale date.

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