The current generation of Audi’s biggest SUV has been around for a pretty long time but it is still pretty competitive in the segment where some of the key players are models like Lexus RX and Mercedes-Benz GLE. The current Q7 has been around since 2015 and there is no doubt that the full redesign will happen in the next few years. However, the latest reports suggest that the Ingolstadt company isn’t rushing with the overhaul and that the 2023 Audi Q7 will probably carry on in the same way. It could easily represent the final production year. So, even the list of standard and available equipment should remain pretty much the same.
That means you may count on a well-rounded SUV, which still has a lot of great things to offer, despite the age. We like its elegant cabin, refined ride, long list of standard equipment etc. However, there are few drawbacks as well, starting from the tight third row and some not particularly refined powertrain options.
As bigger changes probably won’t occur, we presume that the 2023 Audi Q7 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022.
2023 Audi Q7 Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the current generation of the Q7 has been around since 2015 but keep in mind the 2020 update, which has brought some pretty big updates. The 2023 Audi Q7 will carry on with all of them, featuring pretty modern styling that may look more conventional compared to younger rivals but still feels very appealing.
Besides aesthetics, we like the mechanical aspect of the vehicle. The SUV is based on the MLB platform and shares a lot of parts with models like Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. We particularly like the suspension setup, which offers a nice balance between comfort and athleticism.
The Q7 features a pretty conservative dashboard design and that’s actually a good thing, because it still looks nice, despite the age. Also, we really like the materials, which are mostly high-end. Furthermore, high trim levels also include wood inlays and other exclusive materials. The build quality is impressive, while the long list of tech features makes everything look even more upscale.
On the other hand, the biggest complaint goes to the third row, which is cramped and offers less room than the ones in rival models. However, the first two rows are very generous with space. The driving position is good, as well as the overall ergonomics. Also, the visibility is very good in most directions.
The cargo area is good for about 14.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 35.7 cubic feet behind the second, and 69.6 cubic feet behind the front row. That’s less than you get from BMW X5 and Acura MDX, and way less than you get from Volvo XC90.
Considering that this could easily be the final model year, we are pretty sure that no bigger changes are about to happen in this aspect. The list of standard equipment should remain largely the same as in the 2022 model. This means goodies like tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, panoramic sunroof, a 10.1-inch upper touch screen, an 8.6-inch lower touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, navigation, Bluetooth, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a 10-speaker stereo. Among upgrades, you can find optional features like quad-zone climate control, wireless device charging, a 19-speaker Bose stereo, and a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
When it comes to safety, all models should come standard with goodies like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, rain sensing wipers, lane departure warning, rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, etc.
2023 Audi Q7 Engines
Things under the hood definitely won’t change. So, the offer should start with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough for daily commuting but definitely not to bring some excitement to your ride. The optional V6 is notably better. It comes in a combination with a mild-hybrid system and offers a total output of 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It accelerates much better, though we have to say that inline-six engines from rivals feel notably more refined.
Finally, there is the 4.0-liter V8, which puts out around 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.
All three engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a very good job.
2023 Audi Q7 Release Date and Price
As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Audi Q7 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022. Bigger price changes aren’t expected either, so base versions should go around 57.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Acura MDX, Volvo XC90 etc.