Audi Q7 SUV (2015 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Graeme Lambert on
Last Updated: 08 Oct 2015
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Since it was introduced in 2006 the Audi Q7 has found over 500,000 homes, and finally, nine years later, an all-new model has arrived on UK shores. To most – beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all – this Q7 is anything but a ‘looker’ yet this new car promises to be the best to drive and most technically advanced SUV from the firm yet.

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Buying new

With just a pair of engines and two trim levels to choose from, deciding on your perfect Audi Q7 shouldn’t be difficult – though the extensive list of options does mean you can spend hours, and thousands of pounds, personalising your car. We’d go for the more powerful 3-litre diesel with 268bhp as it feels more suited to the Q7’s considerable bulk.

One thing’s for sure, it’s not likely many Q7s will appear at brokers when they initially go on sale – though with time they will filter onto their stock lists. You’ll be able to save money by buying a car this way, though adding options may not be as easy as wandering into a dealer, discussing the available choices and haggling hard with said salesperson to get some discount.

Talking of extras there’re a few things to avoid, and others that are essential additions to the Q7. We’d consider adding the Matrix LED headlights, air suspension and for those that regularly tow with their vehicle, the electrically swivelling trailer coupling. Those that enjoy music on the move should look to specify their Q7 with either the Bose or Bang & Olufsen stereo upgrade.

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Buying used

With seven seats as standard there’s a sizable chance that you’ll be picking up an ex-family car that’s led a slightly hard life, and the cabin condition may reflect this. Alongside design and premium feel, the firm’s interiors are renowned for robust quality though, so it should stand up to most small-person attacks fairly well.

Despite its quattro drivetrain however, it’s also fair to assume that 99 percent of used Audi Q7s will never have ventured ‘off-road’, the most arduous task experienced likely to be a school-run or supermarket car park. Nevertheless, check the underside for any signs of damage or hard use, and for those road-bound only inspect the wheels and bumpers for kerb marks or scuffs. At the same time it’s worth inspecting the service history for evidence of any replaced consumables – a set of tyres or brake pads/discs will cost a fair amount.

Don’t be scared by any car displaying a high mileage either, as the Q7 may feature on some company car lists, but the engines are used throughout the firm’s other models with perfect reliability and Audi has been perfecting the art of its quattro four-wheel drive system for decades now too.

Whatever you do, invest in a Parkers Car History Check, just in case any unscrupulous seller is hiding something from the car’s past.

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4.5 out of 5

Selling

It’s reasonable to expect that your Q7 will have led a relatively coloured life – after all it’s a perfect, if rather posh, family car – especially with seven seats (which will make it more desirable for most). And while the interior is slickly designed, has a premium feel and even exudes a robust quality to its materials, some scuffs and scratches are inevitable. All that said, it’s worth ensuring that it’s clear of daily life detritus and any sign of children’s paraphernalia before presenting it for sale.

It almost goes without saying that the car should be presented with good-condition tyres, brakes and evidence of a full service history.