The current generation of Audi’s three-row luxury hauler may be around since 2016 but it still has a lot of great things to offer. It offers a high overall level of refinement, especially when it comes to the interior design, ride quality and overall comfort. Furthermore, we like the long list of tech features, as well as the excellent build quality. However, that doesn’t mean that the Q7 is without flaws. It offers a tight third row and small cargo area, while fuel economy isn’t particularly great either. Anyway, we are pretty sure that the current generation still has a couple of good years, which means that the 2023 Audi Q7 will certainly be a typical carryover model.
This means that we don’t expect to see any particular changes for the next year. Just like the 2022 model, the 2023 Audi Q7 could come with a couple of novelties in terms of standard and available equipment. Anything more than that would be a surprise.
2023 Audi Q7 Design
Design-wise, not many things have changed since the initial launch in 2016, especially in terms of mechanics. This SUV rides on VW’s well-known MLB platform but unlike direct siblings like Porsche Cayenne, it isn’t as athletic. Instead, it offers a more relaxed ride but is still engaging enough to compete with rivals like BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE. We particularly like the Q7’s adjustable air suspension, which is standard across the whole lineup.
When it comes to styling, the 2020 model has brought a couple of novelties, including a completely new front end. The current model follows the brand’s latest design language. So, we have no doubt that the 2023 Audi Q7 will continue with the same styling. Still, we won’t exclude the possibility to see a new color option on the offer, while a new appearance package doesn’t sound that unlikely either.
The same thing goes for the interior design –we don’t expect to see changes. Simply, the current cabin looks really impressive. It combines conservative design solutions with modern tech features in such a nice fashion that we have no doubt that the current dashboard will remain fresh for a long time. Of course, the materials are really nice, while we particularly like the overall build quality, with is excellent.
Besides the quality, this cabin also has something to offer in terms of practicality and comfort. This SUV comes with three rows as standard. The first two rows are very spacious and comfortable. On the other hand, the third row is pretty tight and works well for kids only. The cargo area isn’t particularly impressive either. You may count on about 14.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 35.7 cubic feet behind the second, and a maximum of 69.6 cubic feet behind the front row. That’s less than you get from most rivals.
As we already mentioned, as few novelties in this aspect are always possible. However, we are pretty sure that most of the things are about to remain the same. The current model already stands pretty well in this aspect. It comes standard with goodies like 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, 10-speaker stereo, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Additionally, you can get upgrades like quad-zone climate control, wireless device charging, a 19-speaker Bose stereo, and a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The same thing goes for safety features. Currently, all versions are equipped with goodies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, rearview camera, parking sensors etc.
2023 Audi Q7 Engines
We expect that the 2023 Audi Q7 will continue with three familiar engine options on the offer. Base models should carry on with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 248 horsepower and returns around 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is very low for the segment.
The optional V6 seems like a much better choice. It puts out 335 horsepower and offers notably better driving dynamics. Also, the average fuel economy is pretty similar.
Finally, there is the SQ7 model, equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which puts out 500 horsepower.
All three engines come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.
2023 Audi Q7 Release Date and Price
Since there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Audi Q7 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022. The base price should go around 58.000 dollars, while the key competitors will remain the same – BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Volvo XC90 etc.