A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Audi Q7

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


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