The big Audi Q7 4×4 is a blend of space, comfort and quality along with real driver appeal. On the whole, the Q7 is all about success in all areas and without a shadow of doubt this car is a superb feat of engineering. The Q7’s handling is brusque for and SUV combining with a well built seven seat interior alongside a very spacious boot. Basic models are the best value for money, but sporty S line models look sleeker and smarter. All models come with Audi’s Quattro 4×4 system which make it capable off-road and on tarmac.
There’s no doubt that the Audi Q7 has the looks of a premium product when dressed up in S line trim and it is a head turner due to its big alloy wheels, under-body protection and brushed metal detailing. Despite of all this styling, it is still not the best looking car in the German firm’s line-up. The front of the Q7 has a chunky look to it. The Audi Q7 feels astoundingly sporty to drive although being such a big car. The steering is reactive and accurate and it feels stable through corners and bends. The only hair in the dough is the firmness of suspension, which doesn’t even let go of the smallest bumps. The Audi Q7 engine range has petrol and three diesel engines. The base level 3.0 liter V6 diesel balances power with economy. There is also a very impressive 6.0 liter V12 which goes from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds and delivers 25mpg.
Audi is renowned for its engineering and Q7 keeps on with this trend. Reported problems about the Q7 are few and far between however some early vehicles were recalled to fix the electric motor that powers the boot-lid. The Audi Q7 was only given four stars for Euro NCAP crash test rating where as five is standard for SUV’s these days. All Q7 models come with driver, passenger and side airbags. The interior quality is unquestionable but the back seats are difficult to get to. The boot is very large so large that not even the Land Rover Discovery 4 cab match it. With all seats up it offers 330 liters of space but when you fold them down the figure jumps to a big 775 liters.
None of the cars in the Q7 range are especially cheap to run. The most economical Audi Q7 engine is the 3.0 TDI diesel which delivers 201bhp and delivers just below 40mpg. Due to the size of the car insurance and road tax bills are going to be high. Add the CO2 emission figure of 189g/km to 242g/km to these factors as well. The mighty Q7 has made such a big impression on the segment that even the Range Rover seems little. In the SUV class a mix of qualities such as interior space, off-road ability, an upright driving position and capability to be used as a luxury saloon. And daringly, the Q7 is aiming for the top of the market.