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Audi Q7 – Still A Great 4×4


The car you see in the images – and what a fab colour – is the Audi Q7. It’s a big vehicle and although this translates into superb passenger space and seven-seats as standard while the air suspension ensures supreme comfort, it still takes up a lot of room although, with the driver aids on board, it isn’t too bad for parking.

The Q7 first went on sale in 2007 as Audi’s first true SUV, so seven years on how is it standing up against more youthful opposition? Surprisingly well as it happens. Naturally, the design has been refreshed and all the high-tech toys added but with the trend for smaller, lighter offerings from other manufacturers does the Q7 still have what it takes?

q1 Audi Q7   Still A Great 4x4The model shown here in SE trim has the less powerful 205PS version of the rugged 3.0L V6 TDI coupled to an eight-speed Tiptronic ‘box with the usual drive options including ‘Sport’.  The three litre engine (with an unobtrusive Stop/Start system) has plenty of gusto; it gets the massive Q7 up to speed without drama, and it’s very smooth.

The 62mph sprint is accomplished in under nine seconds but that’s not what this car is about. In the gears there is plentiful power for effortless overtaking and for rolling on to 127mph, should that be allowed, obviously. Audi reckon that fuel consumption should be in the high thirties and I think that’s achievable – if you drive appropriately. Certainly the big beast seemed to be sipping the fuel in use.

Comfort is taken care of by adaptive air suspension – electronically controlled with a continuously adaptive system for all four wheels which regulates ride height and damping automatically. Alternatively, there’s a choice of five modes (automatic, comfort, dynamic, off-road and lift) selected via the excellent MMI (Multi-Media Interface) system. I have to admit the Q7 spent most of its time in dynamic mode which sets the car’s suspension up with firmer performance-orientated characteristics at it’s lowest ride height. I might also have been mostly in sport mode to maximise the engine’s power output.

The comfort is further augmented by the firmly supportive seats.  The driving position is excellent and the interior is generally a nice place to be.  The second row of seats offers plenty of legroom but the third row is strictly for the kids.  Surprisingly, the boot wasn’t as massive as I had expected although 765 litres is probably enough for most purposes. With the third row of seats down it becomes positively cavernous.

The car obviously features the now legendary Audi Quattro four-wheel-drive plus an automatic hill-hold which works very well and then of course there’s the handbrake. When I say handbrake I do of course mean parking brake. This is foot operated to apply and is released by a manual pull lever. It’s quirky, but I like it.

The vehicle featured had the technology package that included Sat-Nav – obviously – Audi’s advanced parking and a host of the other kit you’d expect, itemised below. There’s adaptive Xenon headlights and a really very good Bose sound system complete with a video Jukebox which I liked very much.

Overall then, The Audi Q7 is a luxury motor that focuses on comfortable seating for the whole family, and a safe on-road ride. Not that most buyers will be likely to need much in the way of off-road capability, but the Q7 won’t disappoint if the going gets a bit gnarly and we all know full well that Quattro technology has few peers. Yes, The Audi Q7 is ageing a little but it is doing so gracefully and remains worthy of serious consideration.

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