When you think of the three luxury automakers from Germany, BMW aligns with driving enjoyment, Mercedes-Benz represents prestige, and Audi reflects those two traits and more. The four chrome rings on an Audi’s grille mean different things to different people, and that diversification of the brand’s image — ranging from the company’s roots in motorsports to the technologically advanced interiors and electrified drivetrains found within the 2021 lineup — serves Audi well.
Quattro all-wheel drive is one of Audi’s many hallmarks, and it fits naturally with modern consumer preferences for SUVs. This year, Audi sells five different sport-utility vehicles, and if you include the Allroad versions of the A4 and A6 wagons, you’ve got seven models from which to choose. The 2021 Audi Q7 is the automaker’s three-row mid-size SUV. The nameplate debuted 15 years ago on the company’s first sport-ute, and Audi has redesigned the Q7 just once since then, for the 2017 model year. Now, after a substantial freshening for 2020 that also saw the introduction of a new performance-tuned SQ7 variant to the lineup, the 2021 Audi Q7 gains added standard safety features, expanded feature availability, and a plusher top trim level.