The Audi Q7 is thought of as a luxury SUV capable of transporting 6-7 passengers in style but when it comes to towing, noting is really ever mentioned. I was quite surprised to see that the Audi Q7's did indeed have a towing capacity for all model years made and some of the numbers were quite surprising!
Overview of the Data For the Audi Q7:
Engine Choices: For the Audi Q7's, the engine you had equipped was the major determining factor when it came to towing numbers. The engine equipped was not always included in the towing chat data for all model years but similar engines were used from 2007-2020 and is what had the greatest impact.
Towing Capacity: The towing capacity numbers for the Audi Q7's throughout the life of the vehicle really stayed close in range, for the most part. In general, the capacity ranges started at 1,650 pounds for unbraked trailers and went up to 6,600-7,700 pounds, depending on the model year.
For Audi Q7's made from 2008-2014, I only have one towing chart listed because they had identical towing specs for those model years and unnecessary to list multiple towing charts with the same data.
Some of the Audi Q7's will have a towing mode that needs to be selected before you tow anything and the picture below is what I found in the owner's manual stating this.
Be sure to read all of the information in your Q7's owner's manual related to towing for a more comprehensive understanding of what Audi recommends.
The 2020 Audi Q7's had a towing capacity range of 1,650 pounds on the lower end of the spectrum and went up to 7,700 pounds on the higher end.
The towing chart for the 2020 Q7's (below) had the three different engine options available in the US with the three different maximum capacities listed.
It is important to note that the chart states that these maximum towing capacities are suitable for towing up grades as steep as 12%, so plan your trip accordingly! The maximum trailer tongue weight ratings are also specified but I would have liked to see the GCWRs in the chart as well.
Now, the 2019 Audi Q7's had two different engine options to choose from, not three like we saw in 2020 but the towing capacities for the 2019 Q7's were still in that 1,650-7,700 pound range.
To be more specific though, the 2.0L engine had the lighter 4,400 pound towing capacity and the 3.0L engine had the higher 7,700 pound rating.
We still see the same trailer tongue weight ratings though, roughly 10-15% of the trailer weight and no GCWR in the 2019 charts either.
For 2018 Audi Q7's, the same 1,650-7,700 pound towing capacity range was still listed in the owner's manuals, having the same range as the 2019 and 2020 models but the engine choices were different, yet again.
The three engine choices were between the 2.0L, 3.0L and 4.0L engines, which was the primary factor when it came to weight ratings.
Q7's in 2018 equipped with the 2.0L engines had the lower 4,400 pound rating, while the 3.0L engines and 4.0L engines had the same, higher 7,700 pound rating. The maximum trailer tongue weight ratings stayed the same at around that 10-15% range.
The 2017 Audi Q7's towing chart looks a little different than later model years charts but they have almost identical specs when you compare it to the 2019 models.
The 2017 Audi Q7's had a towing capacity range of 1,650 pounds to 7,700 pounds but the maximum tongue weights are set at 10% of the maximum trailer weight specs.
The same rules apply to the 2017 towing specs, as far as the maximum grade when towing and the 2.0L and 3.0L engines are still used for this model year.
It was strange that I couldn't find any information related to the 2016 Q7's anywhere online and is why I don't have any data to share.
If I do find any information regarding the 2016 models I will update the post.
For Audi Q7's made in 2015, the towing capacity numbers were slightly lower on the top end than later model years and ranged from 1,650 pounds (unbraked trailers) and went up to 6,600 pounds.
The towing specs for the 2015 Q7's were not in a chart format but rather stated, as you can see by the image below.
The towing capacities are divided into three different weight limits and these are for unbraked trailers, braked trailers with a factory installed trailer hitch and braked trailers with an aftermarket hitch installed.
When I was researching 2008-2014 Q7 model years, I noticed that the towing specs were the same for all years and is why there is only one towing chart shown.
The towing capacity for 2008-2014 Audi Q7's ranged from 1,650 pounds and went up to 6,615 pounds, just a mere 15 pounds more than the 2015 models.
The three different towing numbers for the 2008-2014 models used the same requirements we saw for later model years, having the numbers reflecting unbraked traile weights/braked trailer weights and whether you had a factory installed hitch or an aftermarket hitch instead.
The same thing happened to me when looking for 2007 Q7 models as 2016 models, as I was unable to find any owner's manuals or data showing the towing specs.
Audi's website that I gathered the rest of the owner's manuals from only went back as far as 2008, so I could not access any previous model years from that resource.
How I Found My Information:
I used the owner's manuals to find all of the information I compiled but I could not post individual links to these manuals because they expired after a short period of time. So what you have to do if you want to look up the manual for your Q7's model year is:
- Go to Audi's website
- Enter your VIN in the text box that is there
- Click on the appropriate link for the owner's manual
- Once the manual is done uploading, then use the search box in the upper right corner of your screen and type in "towing" without the parenthesis.
- That will take you to the towing section of the owner's manual, where you can find the towing specs I have listed and lots of other helpful towing related info.