Longer-Lasting Tires for Your Audi Q7

It seems the Audi Q7 is a vehicle that has issues with tire wear. Like most heavier vehicles, it'll tend to wear tires faster than a lighter car. While we can't change this or promise any treadlife miracles, the problem can be remedied to a degree.

The Q7's Original Equipment was made available with several different sizes and brands of tires, however most of the options had one thing in common: very soft tread compounds. Typically, the tires used on the Q7 were sport truck tires or performance tires featuring relatively soft compounds and correspondingly low UTQG treadwear numbers. This type of tire combined with the weight of the vehicle usually leads to poor tire mileage. From my own personal estimate, most Q7 owners usually see about 20,000 miles before needing to replace their tires. When looking for replacement tires, I find it often makes sense to move away from the Original Equipment and take a look at more proven options with the propensity for longer life.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
All Season
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler H/L

The following are a few of my favorite tires that come with pleasing mileage warranties from the manufacturer:

Pirelli's Scorpion Verde All Season is their eco-friendly Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire that combines dry and wet road handling, comfort and year-round capabilities. Ecoimpact icons on the sidewall highlight its environmental compatibility where it reduces rolling resistance and tire weight to increase fuel economy and lower the vehicle's CO2 emissions.

Continental's ExtremeContact DWS satisfies drivers' year-round driving needs by blending dry and wet road performance with light snow and slush traction. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" wears away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" wear away, the remaining "D" lets drivers know the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

The Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza provides elegance with an edge. Featuring Bridgestone's UNI-T technology, the tire takes behavior to a higher level by increasing comfort and control, in order to further enhance wet traction over the life of the tire. In our Tire Survey Results, the Dueler H/L Alenza receives high marks for dry traction, steering response and cornering stability. It's important to note that this tire is only available in an 18" size for your Q7.

To ensure you find the right tire for your Audi Q7, shop by vehicle.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Erika Lee

I was just told today that I need new tires on my Q7. What do you think the price range is on the tires you mention above? Thanks
Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Bixler

I replaced my Q7 tires last month had only 12000 miles on them---very shocked!!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by marcdh

The Pirellis on my 2014 Q7 wore out after less than 15K miles. Replaced them with the Continental tires referenced in this article. Found then for $210 apiece, which is $50-75 less than Michelin or Pirelli. I also bought Michelin X-Ice winter tires as I live in the snowy and cold Northeast.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 by Joe Tag

My wife drives a 2012 Q7 S-Line Prestige with 34,000 miles on it and I have had to replace all four tires twice already and the front driver side three times and the front passenger tire four times. I have never had issues with excessive tire wear on any of my previous cars. I drive a 2010 Porsche Carrera 4S with only 16,000 miles and I drive much more aggressively than my wife and I have only replaced the tires once since the car was new. This must be a design defect with the Q7 because replacing all four tires every year or more frequently than that is not normal. Anyone have a similar experience?
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by Bob Ross

I have 22,000 miles and I have to replace my tires all-ready. I know this about tires. but at 10,000 miles I had to replace my brakes and rotors! Its a 2013 Q7 TDi. I dont buy the " its a heavy truck" if it is.. then design for it accordingly !!
Saturday, March 26, 2016 by Mary

I am unsure of what I've done right but here is my experience with my Q7 tires. I have a 2008 Premium Plus that I purchased new with Bridgestone Duellers. I replaced those tires at exactly 50,000 miles with Michelins. I currently have 40,000 miles on the Michelins and have to be replaced. I am looking at replacing with Pirellis. The point I'm getting at is this, the Q7 is an all wheel drive, you can't go around bumping curbs and knocking the alignment out, you have to have them perfectly balanced. As to inflation, I have kept my tires at about 38 lbs, underinflated according to most. I read these forums and see things like 12,000 miles, I would puke if that's all I got. If I combined that with how often brakes have to be done, owning a Q7 would hardly be worthwhile. As I wait for my ordered 2017 to arrive, suffice it to say I love my Q, but am REALLY afraid of those Run Flats.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by NTC

My Q7 tires are in pretty good shape after 24K miles. However, at the last service appointment, the dealership recommended replacement. I suspect that several others have fallen prey to this dealer racket. I don't think the tires will last 50k+ miles, but they have quite a bit of life ahead of them. BTW, I drive VERY aggressively.
Monday, October 24, 2016 by John

Mary, I think the experience with 10K to 15K miles and what this article is talking about applies to Audi Q7 S-Line Prestige models. These cars come with 21 inch wheels and the Pirelli Zero's are what is recommended by Audi. I replaced them 6 months ago and now have to spend another $1,800 for a new pair and it hasn't even been 10K miles for me. Frustrating! Going to try to Continental ExtremeContact with the 50,000 mile warranty this time.

Anyone have any issues going with higher profile tires on these?
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by NTC

Ended up replacing my 2013 Q7 tires at about 30K miles, just before winter. I suspect, however, that they could done another 6-7K, if needed.
Thursday, May 4, 2017 by Esau' Smith

We have a 2015 Q7, 23,000 and 1/4 treads left, mostly highway miles, thought maybe I should get 35,000 miles. I'm looking on line for replacement and read comments from other customers, I knew this vehicle was different in performance but never thought i see concerning comments on tire expenditures like this
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by Tom B

Own a 2014 Q 7. The orginal Continental tires lasted 40,000. I replaced them with Michelen Latitude Touring. They lasted 38,000. I now plan to buy the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season. My only concern is snow traction, however I am going to gamble.

Leave a comment