A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Audi Q7

Audi Q7 2012

When only the most exacting performance will do, but you want an SUV that delivers third row seating and is comfortable enough for family trips, the 2012 Audi Q7 should be on your list.

Key Features

While it is a large SUV, the available engines, supercharged gas or turbocharged diesel, deliver the power needed to get it moving. The S-Line, which delivers 333 horsepower coupled with all-wheel drive also makes sure this is an SUV that will handle most driving conditions with ease.

Changes for 2012

After all the serious upgrades that occurred in 2011, the only changes you’ll find with the 2012 Audi Q7 is that the horsepower has been increased to 280 horsepower.

What We Like

The host of standard features, which include parking sensors, power lift gate, multimedia interface and a navigation system and rearview camera depending on the model, make this large SUV a welcome addition that only gets better when you feel the performance superior handling that you wouldn’t expect in a vehicle this size.

What Concerns Us

The main drawback of the 2012 Audi Q7 is its bulk. While the seating in the first two rows is roomy, the third row is best dedicated to transporting the kiddos. The 72.5 cubic feet of available cargo space also feels a bit light when compared to some of the other options available in the class.

Available Models

There are six models available for the 2012 Q7:

Premium and Premium Plus

  • 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 Gas
  • Horsepower: 280 @ 4,920 rpm
  • Torque: 295 @ 2,250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway

TDI Premium, TDI Premium Plus and TDI Prestige

  • 3.0-Liter V6 Turbocharged Diesel
  • Horsepower: 225 @ 3,750 rpm
  • Torque: 406 @ 1,750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway

S Line

  • 3.0-Liter V6 Supercharged Gas
  • Horsepower: 333 @ 5,500 rpm
  • Torque: 325 @ 2,900 rpm
  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway

Major Recalls

One major recall has been issued for the 2012 Audi Q7. Some vehicles may experience a fuel injection system that leaks, which could result in fire if there is an ignition source nearby.

Common Issues

There are only two commonly reported issues with the 2012 Audi Q7. One involves an overheating issue that occurred without sitting in traffic or extended drive times. The other is related to a cracking sound in the electrical system that is heard at startup.

Audi Q7 2012 Interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

More related articles

How Long Does a Throttle Return Spring Last?
Not all vehicles on the road feature an electronic throttle control (ETC), which is also called drive-by-wire. For vehicles that don't offer this system, they have a throttle cable instead that...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...

Related questions

Q: Audi stuck in first gear.

Your transmission needs a vehicle speed sensor signal in order for it to shift. A bad sensor may be the cause of your problem and would need to be properly diagnosed by a qualified mechanic to scan for codes in...

Q: Advice on buying a 2006 Lexus LS 250 all wheel drive

Those are well-built vehicles. It's an all-wheel drive so realize that all-wheel drive systems are very complicated and can cost a fortune to fix. That said, Lexus are just fancy Toyotas, and all-wheel drive systems are pretty bulletproof. They generally...

Q: Can't find oil plug

Hello. The drain plug for the oil should be underneath the truck in the oil pan of the engine. There may be a splash shield covering the oil pan. If there is, this will need to be removed to get...