2012 Audi Q7

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Audi Q7. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior material quality
  • Comfortable front leather seats
  • Sliding, reclining second row
  • Diesel fuel economy

The Bad

  • Cheapo turn-signal stalk

Notable Features of the 2012 Audi Q7

  • Gas or diesel V-6 engines
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Seats up to seven
  • LED running lights
  • Audi Connect included with navigation system

2012 Audi Q7 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Q7 was Audi's first foray into the luxury crossover segment, but since its debut the automaker has added the Q5, a smaller and less expensive crossover. The Q7 seats up to seven people in three rows of seats and can be equipped with a gas or diesel V-6. The Q7 competes with the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Acura MDX.

New for 2012
The supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that powers the Q7 3.0T gains eight horsepower and is now rated at 280 hp. A new S Line Plus Package for Prestige models features 21-inch titanium-finished wheels and matte black roof rails and window surrounds. Meanwhile, the optional navigation system adds Audi Connect capability that includes Google Earth map functionality and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Exterior

For a crossover, the Q7 has a relatively sleek profile, and it wears Audi's signature snout-like grille. Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights and a panoramic sunroof are optional. Exterior features include:

  • Standard power liftgate
  • 18-, 19-, 20- or 21-inch wheels


Interior
The Q7's rear rows of seats fold flat to provide additional storage space. Audi's optional Multi Media Interface information and navigation system features enhanced voice activation, so you can speak commands such as "I need gas" or "I need coffee," and the computer will map your closest options. Interior features include:

  • Standard heated leather front seats
  • Standard iPod interface
  • Optional Bang &...
Vehicle Overview

The Q7 was Audi's first foray into the luxury crossover segment, but since its debut the automaker has added the Q5, a smaller and less expensive crossover. The Q7 seats up to seven people in three rows of seats and can be equipped with a gas or diesel V-6. The Q7 competes with the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Acura MDX.

New for 2012
The supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that powers the Q7 3.0T gains eight horsepower and is now rated at 280 hp. A new S Line Plus Package for Prestige models features 21-inch titanium-finished wheels and matte black roof rails and window surrounds. Meanwhile, the optional navigation system adds Audi Connect capability that includes Google Earth map functionality and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Exterior

For a crossover, the Q7 has a relatively sleek profile, and it wears Audi's signature snout-like grille. Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights and a panoramic sunroof are optional. Exterior features include:

  • Standard power liftgate
  • 18-, 19-, 20- or 21-inch wheels


Interior
The Q7's rear rows of seats fold flat to provide additional storage space. Audi's optional Multi Media Interface information and navigation system features enhanced voice activation, so you can speak commands such as "I need gas" or "I need coffee," and the computer will map your closest options. Interior features include:

  • Standard heated leather front seats
  • Standard iPod interface
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen stereo
  • Optional heated steering wheel


Under the Hood
The Q7's powertrain lineup includes two supercharged gasoline V-6s and a turbocharged diesel V-6, all of which team with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • 280-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter gas V-6 in 3.0T
  • 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter gas V-6 in 3.0T S line
  • 225-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 in TDI makes 406 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Optional adaptive air suspension
  • 6,600-pound maximum towing capacity


Safety
The Q7 has standard side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for all three rows and an electronic stability system. Safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional second-row side-impact airbags

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable German brand

by Naveen Prasad from Philadelphia, PA on June 13, 2018

Great car, with great power. Seats 7 comfortable and generous trunk space. Been driving since over 2 years and no electrical or mechanical issues. Seats are very comfortable and all round visibility ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best performing SUV I've ever owned!

by CBUSTony from Columbus, OH on May 30, 2018

The Audi Q7 S-Line Prestige has been the best performing SUV I've ever owned or test drove. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Audi Q7 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, 1 Year/Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 Year / Unlimited Miles

    1 Year/ Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty features 1 Year / Unlimited Miles of warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired and coverage honored at over 300 Audi dealerships service centers throughout the U.S., total confidence is yours as you take the road less traveled.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Q7 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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