The Audi Q7, the German luxury auto manufacturer’s full-size SUV, enters model year 2010 with revised styling and a handful of key interior upgrades.

Audi’s new single-frame Nuvolari grille drops the Q7’s chiseled jaw lower, visually accented by a revised front fascia. HID headlamps are standard on all Q7s, while 4.2 models get LED daytime running light strips.

For 2010, rocker panels have been re-styled, and all Q7s feature a redesigned liftgate for easier access to the load floor. New taillights get a full LED treatment across the range.

The six-speed Tiptronic automatic continues to be the only transmission offered on the Q7, and engine options are carry-over as well. However, for 2010, they all meet California ULEV emissions standards.

A 280-horsepower 3.6-liter fuel-injected V6 is standard, while a 350-horsepower 4.2-liter V8 is the top-shelf option. The torquey Q7 TDI sports a clean-running, 3-liter turbodiesel V6.

Inside the seven-passenger Q7, changes for 2010 are more tangible, starting with the re-styled passenger-side dash and additional ambient lighting in the door panels.

“This time around the Q7 is even more luxurious than before. Our sampler had the optional ventilated seats and voice-activated nav, which means if you tell the Q7 you’re hungry, it’ll do everything besides pick up the tab.” – Ben Davis

Audi’s 3G MMI infotainment interface has been upgraded, and is now available with 3D maps.

Speed-sensitive servotronic power steering comes standard for 2010, and dials in more power assist at parking lot speeds.

Optional Adaptive air suspension allows the driver to customize ride height and suspension damping settings.

Adaptive cruise control, also optional, employs radar sensors in the Q7’s front bumper to keep vehicles ahead at a safe distance away.

On sale now, the 2010 Q7 3.6 starts for just under $50,000, while the TDI starts just over fifty grand.



"The Vue Two-Mode Hybrid proves that power and efficiency can coexist, and in a modern crossover you can have them both without skimping on any ability." – Ben Davis


  • 280-horsepower 3.6-liter fuel-injected V6:
  • 350-horsepower 4.2-liter V8:
  • Starting just under $50,000: