AUDI Q7 3.0 Diesel
Cruise control, Computer, Colour coding - Interior, Colour coding - Body, Climate Control, Child locks, Central locking, CD Multichanger, Body coloured bumpers, Bluetooth, Automatic, Anti theft system, Alloy wheels, Alarm remote controlled, Alarm, Air conditioning, Adjustable seats, Adjustable steering column/wheel, ABS, 3x3 point rear seat beltsThis Jeep comes with nct serviced and valeted and warranty. Call 016268035 or email n4autopoint.ie
Well kitted out
Big, brash, bold, bitchin’
No V8 TDi...yet
We want a V8 TDi
‘cos it’s massive
Don’t over-drive it
Sat Nav? 6-CD?
Handling, running costs, drab backside
It’s not the most subtle design because it needs to gives off all the necessary uber-SUV vibes that Americans love so much. It might be brash but it adopts Audi’s new-look ‘single-frame’ face with great success. It’s not bad in profile either, but the rear looks fussy and incomplete in comparison.
The 3.0TDi can zip to 100 km/h in just 9.1 seconds but it’s on the open road where the TDI Q7 feels truly rapid. The V8 feels rapid everywhere, scorching to 100 in 7.4 seconds - impressive considering the Q7’s not inconsiderable size.
As you might expect, the Q7 is set up for comfort and long-distance cruising. It goes around corners reasonably well but if you push it too far the ESP system will soon kick in to remind you of its size. It’s not rewarding at the limit anyway and it’s only moderately useful off-road.
The cabin of the Q7 is heavily based on that of the A6, with a luxury car feel rather than the ruggedness of, say, a Land Rover. Like all big Audis, it’s blighted by that annoying MMI onscreen interface, which is a shame because otherwise it’s brilliantly laid out and simple to use.
The Q7’s interior is as high quality as you would expect of a luxury brand’s flagship SUV. Plastics and materials are mostly, if not entirely, high quality and nice-to-the-touch. Refinement is also excellent, particularly at speed on the motorway, though it does get a bit ragged on rougher roads.
All Q7’s get front, side & curtain airbags, vehicle diagnostics, electric child locks, ESP, foglights, heated windscreen washers, parking sensors, Quattro 4 wheel drive, auto lights and wipers, Seven 3-point seat belts with pre tensioners & seven head restraints. ISOFIX and rear side bags optional.
The Q7 is enormous inside. Front passengers have plenty of space, as do the 2nd-row passengers, unless you opt for bucket rear seats which render the middle 2nd-row seat for occasional use only. The folding 3rd row is strictly for kids or small adults, behind which there’s actually a usable boot.
The Q7 isn’t particularly cheap but it is better value than the 2007 BMW X5 and GL Mercedes. Residuals are likely to be strong because of the growing demand for such vehicles, but don’t expect it to be cheap to run. Even the 3.0TDi can only manage 10.5 l/100km.
All Q7s get 18" alloys, auto-fold mirrors, CD Player, MMI w/trip computer, cruise & 2-zone climate control, elec windows, foglamps, auto lights & wipers, multi-fnctn leather steering & park aids. SE adds heated & elec leather seats; Sport adds 20" alloys, 1/2 leather sport seats & sport suspension.
So far, only two engines are offered: a 233 bhp, 500 Nm 3.0TDi and a 350 bhp, 440Nm 4.2 V8. The V8 has faster pick-up, but the 3.0TDi is a better all-rounder, if for no other reason than it doesn’t have to be fed as often.