Audi Q7

4/5
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Verdict

The Audi Q7 is the flagship SUV in the Audi range. With a brand new model packed with the latest technology now available to order, the luxury 4x4 bar has once again been raised.

Performance

Being the biggest brother in the Audi SUV line-up, the Q7 is brand new from the ground up featuring a new platform, drive train and chassis. Large luxury SUV’s come with a certain level of power now and the customer expects that. All engines are a six cylinder format with two diesel 3.0 TDI variants and one 3.0 TFSI to choose from. Diesel: 3.0 TDI with 218 or 272bhp power outputs. Petrol: 3.0 TFSI with 333bhp with all mated to the quattro tiptronic transmission. The Q7 is a two tonne machine but all three engines perform well. Motorway overtaking is incredibly swift with a definite overall improvement in agility over its predecessor.

Ride & Handling

If you are looking for sporting performance and handling from your large SUV, then the Audi Q7 is probably not the pinnacle of 4x4 performance. It gives a great level of comfort, but again if you value that comfort, avoid the 21 inch optional alloy wheels. Steering is direct and body roll is mostly kept in check by the Q7’s (optional) adaptive dampers, while dynamic mode can add some fun. If you are looking for a more engaging and direct drive however, perhaps the Range Rover Sport is for you. The Q7 is designed to transport you in luxury and comfort and it succeeds in possibly being one of the best.

Refinement

The driving experience in the all new Q7 is ultimately about luxury and you’ll do hard to find an interior that tops it unless you spend considerably more money. The Range Rover Sport and the new Volvo XC90 both have stunning interiors but the Q7 brings an edge. It is as much about the passengers in the Q7 as it is about the driver. In terms of engines, the 218bhp 3.0TDI handles the Q7’s mass well but is ultimately more raucous than the 272bhp option. This features less of a diesel tone at the higher end and its 600Nm of torque will catapult you from 0-100kmh in 6.5 seconds.

Quality & Reliability

The new Q7 is a brand new design from the ground donning Audi’s latest version of the iconic grille. It features a 3-dimensional effect demonstrating Audi’s new design language for future versions of the Q family. There is a new design direction on the interior too that brings a whole new level of luxury and technology to the new Q7’s cabin. An option we would recommend is one first seen in the latest Audi TT, you can specify a 12.3 inch TFT screen in the instrument cluster where you can open the navigation into full screen in front of the driver. It’s well worth the money.

Safety & Security

This new Q7 is packed with the latest technology that should take some of the stress of long journeys out of the driving experience. This technology is mostly optional and can vary across the SE and S-line levels of trim. Standard features do include a braking feature at slower speeds, cruise control and rear parking sensors. If you fancy more safety technology, begin to tick the options list for items like autonomous park assist, active lane assist and adaptive cruise control to name a few.

Space & Practicality

Space is not an issue in the new Audi Q7 despite being marginally shorter and slightly narrower. There is additional legroom created in both the front and rear seats. Even the extra third row gains some space. Being taller than the old model, it also has more headroom. This is a spacious SUV. Collapse that third row and you gain a massive 770 litre boot (295 litre with third row up). Fold the rear seats too and you have a cavernous 1955 litre of space.

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Key Facts

Make

Audi

Model
Q7
Variant
Q7 3.0TDI 218 QUATTRO TIP SE
Car Category
SUV
First year of model production
2016
Engine (L)
3.0
Gearbox Type
Automatic
Gears
8 speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€72,125
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€570
Tax Band
D
Average L/100 km
6.2
Average km/L
16.1
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
75
Fuel Tank Range
1209 km
Cost of filling a tank
€91.43
Average Cost Per 200 km
€15.12
CO2 emmissions
148 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
218 bhp
Max Power kW
163
Displacement - CC (Engine)
2967
Engine Cylinders
6
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
216 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
7.3 s
Town KPG
6.10 L
EC Extra Urban (KPG)
5.10 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
4
Seats
7
Boot capacity
770 L
Air Conditioning
2-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning
Automatic Parking
Parallel Park Assistant available from €594
Bluetooth
Audi Bluetooth Interface
Height Adjustable Seats
Electric Seat Adjustment
Parking Sensors
Parking System Plus
Power Steering
Electromechanical Power Steering
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
Reversing Camera
Rearview Camera available from €686
USB Connectivity
2 USB interfaces

Warranty

All Components
3 Year manufacturer's warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year manufacturer's warranty
Car Body
12 Year body protection warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
90000
Roadside Assistance
2 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Electromechanical Parking Brake

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The second-generation seven-seater Audi Q7 SUV weighs an amazing 325kg less than the original, and is cheaper to run and better to drive
Top Gear
The all-new Q7 is a bit more compact than before – and a lot better to drive.
What Car
The Audi Q7 has a relaxing blend of performance and refinement. It’s also beautifully built, practical and well equipped.

Interior Comfort

Cruise Control
Cruise Control with settable speed limiter
Folding Rear Seats
Folding Seats row 2 & 3
Front Cup Holders
2 Cup holders in the centre console

Dimensions

Boot capacity
770 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
255/60 R18 mm
Tyre size back
255/60 R18 mm
Rim size
8.0J x 18 mm
Length
5052 mm
Width
1968 mm
Height
1741 mm
Wheel Base
2994 mm
Front Track (mm)
1741
Rear Track (mm)
1691
Kerb weight
1995 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2765
Turning circle (m)
12.4

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
V engine
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent multi-link
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Ventilated discs
Steering
Steering rack
Power
218 bhp