What Tires are Best for Your Audi Q7?

First available for the 2007 model year, the Audi Q7 has been a popular choice in the full-size luxury SUV/CUV market. Drivers love the vehicle's style, comfort and overall luxurious performance. And you can't forget about the quattro all-wheel drive system.

When it comes to replacing tires, there are four popular sizes offered by Audi. Below are some of the best all-season tires available for each size, as well as options that provide the best bang for your buck.

255/55R18

The standard model Q7 comes equipped with 255/55R18 Original Equipment tires. In this size, the best overall option, providing the best wet traction and excellent ride quality is the Michelin Premier LTX.  

Coming in a very close second and a best bang-for-your-buck option is the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus. A customer favorite, the Pirelli offers a very smooth and quiet ride. However, while still quite good, the Scorpion is just a bit behind the Michelin in wet traction. To see our full test report on the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus, read "Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires: Refine Your Ride."

265/50R19 and 275/45R20

These were Original Equipment sizes on multiple trim levels of the Q7 and provides a more limited selection of tires than the previous entry. In these sizes, the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is also a very good option to consider.  For overall prowess, there just isn't a tire available in these sizes that comes close to all of the attributes provided by the Pirelli.

295/35R21

For those who checked the box for the 21" wheel and tire combination, there is an even smaller group of options to choose from, as most options are summer tires. However, Continental is in the process of launching their new ExtremeContact DWS 06, successor to the well-loved ExtremeContact DWS in this size. The DWS 06 provides very good dry traction and improved steering response over the DWS, but the wet traction is what really sets this tire apart. To view our test results of this tire, take a look at "Testing the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire."

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