The 2023 Audi Q7 will still be the largest SUV in the family (at least until the new Q9 hows up). The arrival of the Q8 did not change the pecking order, although the alphanumeric nomenclature might indicate so. The Q7 is 198 inches long, but it still belongs to the mid-size class. The new Q8 is two inches shorter. The 2023 YM is coming unchanged, with the latest version dating from 2020, when the second-gen SUV was redesigned. The next update, and probably the third generation is expected in 2024 or 2025. Meanwhile, Audi will focus on electric drivetrains and autonomous drive. Both systems are going to be there for the next-gen SUV.
Under the hood of 2023, Audi Q7 will be a wide choice of engines. Everything is starting with a 2.0-liter petrol unit, while you can upgrade the ride with a 3.0 and 4.0 mill. In Europe and other parts of the world, the 2023 Audi Q7 will also be available with diesel units. The e-tron version was dropped in 2018, but it should debut again soon. The top of the range models are SQ7, both in diesel and petrol configurations.
2023 Audi Q7 Engines
The base engine for the 2023 Audi Q7 is surprisingly – a four-cylinder mill. The 45 TFSI configuration is turbocharged and ready to crank out 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The outputs are not stunning for the mid-size class. However, having in mind the German SUV is a luxury vehicle, those numbers are underperforming. That is why a 3.0-liter V6 is fixing the situation. With 333 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, it will definitely be a favorite among buyers. The price gap is not too big.
In some markets, a V6 is available as the centerpiece of the PHEV system. The 60 TFSI configuration is going to return 450 hp and 515 lb-ft, which is enough to impress even the most demanding drivers. The top of the range 2023 Audi SQ7 is using a V8. The company added this version after the 2020 redesign. The petrol model bursts 500 hp and 670 lb-ft. Nevertheless, it lacks power compared to the BMW X5 M and Mercedes AMG GLE 63.
Gas Mileage, 0-60 Acceleration, Towing Capacity
The SQ is the fastest SUV in the lineup. It needs only 4.3 seconds to accelerate 0-60 mph. Just for the comparison – the 60 TFSI PHEV needs a second more, while standard V6 stops the clock after 5.8 seconds. A turbo-four is not a serious sprinter compared to other editions. All versions are using a famous Quattro AWD and eight-speed auto transmission. The maximum towing capacity is 7,700 pounds. Even the four-pot mill can haul 4,500 lbs. But, it won’t help Q7 in achieving respectable gas mileage. Depending on the configuration, the SUV is going to return 17-21 mpg combined.
Fans in other parts of the world can find their 2023 Audi Q7 with a diesel engine. Compared to the petrol lineup, there is no four-cylinder oil burner. Entry-level models will get power from a 3.0-liter V6 with 230 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. The Q7 50 TDI boosts outputs to 280 hp and 445 pound-feet. It also needs nearly a second less than the 45 TDI model to hit 60 mph from zero (6.2 sec compared to 7.1 sec). The SQ7 outside the US is using a 4.0-l twin-turbo configuration good for 430 hp and 665 lb-ft. Converted to 0-60 time, that would be 4.8 seconds, best among all diesel units, but still half of a second slower than the petrol-powered SQ7 performance SUV.
2023 Audi Q7 Packages: Premium, Premium Plus, Prestige
For the new season, the company is going to update the technology inside the SUV. The MMI is one of the best infotainment systems in the market. But, in two years, it will need a revisit. Audi will keep it as it is until the big redesign happens, in 2024 or 2025.
The base variant is Premium with 19-inch wheels and a set of 19-inch wheels. The panoramic sunroof is there right from the start. Premium Plus adds a wireless charger and smart devices connectivity. The Convenience package is also standard (you pay extra with the regular Premium model). Bose audio will be important to sound freaks. The top of the range version is the 2023 Audi Q7 Prestige. It is available only for the 55 TFSI and SQ7. The package includes several performance-boosting features, such as a special suspension kit. Audi is going to install some of the most advanced options, such as HUD display, ventilated seats, or soft-closing doors.
The MSRP for the 2023 Audi Q7 is staying put, meaning the US buyers will have to pay about $56,000 for the entry-level version. It is significantly higher compared to the competition, especially having in mind the base Q7 is coming with a four-pot engine. A V6 is going to cost $5,000. The Premium Plus package costs $3,000 and the configuration that includes a V6 and Prestige kit is worth $72,000. The SQ7 sits high above this mark with a $92,000 price tag.