New 2022 Audi Q7 Release Date, Price, Review – As a midsize luxury SUV, the 2022 Audi Q7 goes up against some truly capable rivals like the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. However, the seven-seater crossover holds its own against these leading brands with an eminently capable and newly introduced turbocharged V6 engine developing 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, even more than in previous years, and a step up over the base 2.0-liter turbo. The larger powertrain pairs up with excellent handling dynamics, a plush interior, and a velvety suspension to deliver a ride that few can hope to match. The new year sees a few extra features added to the already well-appointed Q7 to help it stay competitive in the luxury segment. The less impressive turbo four-cylinder engine returns in 2020, if only later in the production year, but it will most likely remain an unpopular choice.
2022 Audi Q7 Redesign
A makeover has helped to make the relatively plain-looking 2022 Audi Q7 stand out a bit more this year. While the grille maintains its trapezoidal shape, it has been redesigned with vertical veins instead of the traditional horizontal ones to offer a much more assertive, eye-catching look. The front bumper has been reshaped to accommodate the new, aggressively sharp headlight design. Similarly, the taillights have been restyled to match the new tailgate with its horizontal chrome strip. A panoramic sunroof comes equipped to every model and the lower trims come with 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, while the upper trims equipped with the V6 engine get the larger 20-inch alloys.
While some seven-seater crossovers manage to maintain modest proportions, the Q7 is not such a one. A 118-inch wheelbase is housed within a long body of 199.3 inches. And, while it may be great for fitting the kids, their friends, and their friends’ dog, the SUV isn’t that practical for a busy school parking lot at 77.6 inches wide, excluding the side mirrors. At 68.5 inches tall, the Audi offers great road visibility even for grandma. She might not feel overly confident behind the wheel of a car that weighs between 4,784 – 5,082 lbs, though. This is on par with similar luxury SUVs like the BMW X5 with a weight range of 4,758 – 5,260 lbs, while the Volvo XC90 is quite a bit lighter at 4,327 lbs.
Pure gorgeous opulence is definitely the name of the game when you step inside the 2022 Audi Q7. Genuine leather comes standard, with optional premium Valcona leather on the Prestige, while even the dash and door panels are covered with soft-touch surfaces. There is space for seven within the cabin, although the third row isn’t suitable for anyone but smaller children, and it can’t get heating functions like the first two rows. The front seats offer many levels of adjustability, with the driver positioned well to access the controls for the wide array of features that come standard in the luxury crossover. The dual-screen infotainment system comes with a host of functions, although they can be a little tricky to navigate until you get used to the interface.
2022 Audi Q7 Engine
The standard engine on the 2022 Audi Q7 is the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from previous years, which delivers 248 hp and 273 lb-ft to all four wheels. This engine carries over unchanged from 2019, and will likely be just as unpopular as it was then. It can move the bulky SUV, but it detracts from the sporty appeal of the Q7’s excellent handling. The current standard engine is the new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that develops a higher 335 hp and 369 lb-ft.
It comes mated to the same refined eight-speed automatic gearbox as the four-cylinder, which shifts smoothly and never struggles to find the right gear for the situation. The stronger engine is far more capable of moving the crossover, ensuring it maintains its thrill-delivering qualities around town or on the highway. This engine also comes paired with a 48-volt MHEV that gives the powertrain a bit more kick while still keeping fuel efficiency reasons. Every model comes with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drivetrain.
2022 Audi Q7 Release Date And Price
Large family SUVs aren’t the cheapest vehicles on the market, to begin with, and the 2022 Audi Q7 is an elite name. However, the quality and refinement of the brand warrant the high starting price of $54,800 for the base-model Premium trim with the four-cylinder engine. An additional $6,000 will get you the stronger V6 engine under the hood. The mid-range Premium Plus trim starts at $57,200 while optioning the V6 adds $6,600. The top-tier Prestige comes equipped with the V6 engine as standard and asks for a hefty investment of $71,200 before customization. These prices exclude tax, registration, licensing, and Audi’s $995 destination charge.