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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Audi Q7

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/19/2014 Jason Udy

Debuting in 2009, the second-generation Audi Q7 received a refresh two years later and now the automaker is readying the third-generation model for the 2016 model year. Today, we take a look at the styling of the third-generation 2016 Audi Q7.

Up front, the 2016 Audi Q7 replaces the outgoing model ’s trapezoidal grille and vertical slats with a more aggressive hexagonal grille with a wider and more defined surrounds and horizontal bars. The headlights have a crisper look and feature new LED daytime running lights shaped like a double arrow. Two large lower air intakes flank the front grille.

2016 Audi Q7© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Audi Q7

Along the side, the 2016 Audi Q7 appears shorter and narrower than the previous model. A small front wing window has been added and the wheel flares are larger and more defined. The chiseled new look carries over to the rear with reshaped LED taillights that mimic the shape and narrow design of the headlights. Rectangular exhaust tips replace the outgoing model’s round tips. The 2016 Q7's profile is also more wagon-like than the outgoing model, which sports a more traditional SUV look.

Inside, the 2016 Audi Q7 has a bit more space inside for second- and third-row passengers and the dashboard and center console have been redesigned to reflect other newer Audi models. The Q7 features the 2015 Audi A3 sedan ’s multimedia system with center monitor that rises from the instrument panel as well as the touch surface and haptic feedback buttons and refined voice-activated controls.

Check out the images of the redesigned seven-passenger 2016 Audi Q7 SUV compared to the outgoing model below.

Last week, we compared the styling of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe to the BMW X6. STPeter said, “While they both look similar, I would choose the Benz GLE coupe, since it has a more aggressive grille and a sleeker side. I feel that the X6's side looks more odd and awkward, and the front is too reserved.”

British_Boy_007 preferred the Bimmer: “The X6 looks better to me, which is a phrase I thought I would never say. It looks more elegant, upscale and sleeker. The Merc is too stubby looking. The X6 has a nicer interior as well.”

jy0210 wasn’t a fan of either, saying, “Both look confused and awful. They're neither a sedan nor SUV and because of that, they look like both squashed together, and they look absolutely hideous.”


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