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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.