The traditional Audi estates and saloons have always been a great success in the UK, thus making the production of the Q7 SUV considered by many to be a natural progression. Its entry into this segment of luxury family cars had to be good given the many other competing makes and models available. It is a result of top of the class engineering that enabled it to find a place near the top of the pack in the already saturated family car market. The Audi Company offers customers a wide variety of specifications and colours to choose from, in addition to allowing customers to devise their own paint schemes which the company happily mixes for them using metallic or pearl effects (at high expense of course!).
The Q7 Interior
The best words to describe it are sporty and functionally elegant. Its architectural design from the choice of materials in use is testament to this fact. Consideration has been given to space for passengers, with unique comfort offered by its Verano leather seats (which the manufacturer even lets the customer decide on the stitching patterns!). The dashboard is softly covered making the cockpit spectacularly scenic and having a lovely feel. It features a CD system with MP3 integration and Bluetooth extras. With its latest generation system of navigation system that includes voice and four climatic air conditioning control and electronic tailgate operation are yet another reason this is a top of the range 7 seater.
The Audi Q7 is offered in a 5, 6 and 7 seat variant. If you opt for the seven seat model then it has to be said that the rearmost twin seats are somewhat cramped, and it has been said that they are only really suitable for children, or adults on short journeys. When utilising the sixth and seventh seats you can slide the 2nd seating row forwards thus enabling you to share the legroom between the two rows. Not an ideal solution, but at least the occupants of the rearmost seats aren’t completely neglected! Additionally, if the rear seats are in use then the boot only offers 330 litres of luggage space, whereas this is a large 775 litres if it is driven in the five seat configuration.
Various Engine Options
The common options are the 3.0 litre V6 diesel turbo or the 3.6 litre V6 petrol engines. Another option at the top of the range is the mind-boggling 493bhp 6 litre V12 beast of a turbo diesel engine. All of the 7 seater’s engines come with an 8 speed tiptronic transmission system which is pocket friendly in terms of fuel and environmentally friendly because of the reduced carbon dioxide emissions. It also ensures quick and optimised gear change which is beneficial during down-shifting.
Clever All-Wheel Drive Handling
It features an all-time all-wheel drive (4×4) for better acceleration, handling and safety because this distributes the flow of power between the front and rear axles evenly. The Q7 can sense changing road surfaces beneath the wheels and adjusts the grip to correspond to this. With the electronic controlled air suspension that regulates the height of the vehicle during terrain change makes for the smoothest ride ever.
Latest Generation Extras
The vehicles comes with integrated satellite navigation systems, Bluetooth mobile phone connection and advanced systems that assist the driver when parking. This parking assistance feature calculates the distance of the vehicle from surrounding obstacles using guiding lines and a reversing camera. The cockpit has a TFT colour display (depending on model), 2 SD card readers and a 40 GB hard drive!
The vehicle’s aerodynamics complements its adaptive air suspension making it more aerodynamic at high speeds. The automatic start and stop means that the car switches off when it comes to a stand still and soon after the driver lifts their foot off the brake pedal, the engine starts again. This means reduced fuel consumption and less emissions.
Luxury Pricing for a Luxury Family Car
After reading about everything that is generously included with the Audi Q7 package, it isn’t surprising that this car doesn’t come cheap at around £43,000 to £60,000 dependent on model. It is in the tax bands J-L and the 7 seat 3L TDI model offers an average of 39.2mpg – pretty good for an engine and car of this size.