Audi Q7 TDI 200
On the giant side, Audi’s second-generation SUV combines class and comfort.
My polishing order for top SUVs has changed.
Until now, I had a Mercedes-Benz GLS for one test, a Porsche Cayenne Turbo for big impact, then settled a Range Rover Sport as the best all-round car.
But this week I will be joining the second-generation Audi Q7 and I have been overpowered.
It is on the giant side of the big, but incredibly refined and comfortable. And it can hit 100km / h in just 6.5 seconds, pull 3.5 tons and – without caravans – run at a commendable 5.9L / 100km.
There is a lot to like about Q7 and it also offers some special treatment to make sure it feels smaller and more agile than the original Q7, dubbed QE7, is almost necessary for parking.
Much of the innovation is the work of the Volkswagen Group (this is not the time or place to talk back about emissions fraud) on sharing the platform on its different models. We have seen the basis of the Golf revolve around nearly two dozen other models, from Passat to Skoda Fabia, and now it is happening on large SUVs.
The Q7 is coming soon and we will also see a Volkswagen Touareg and a Porsche Cayenne made from the same giant part.
The third row points are not just for toddlers
This approach means that Audi can select many of the engineering workloads shared beneath the skin, then add the trim and adjust the luxurious suspension to create the look and feel you expect from A reputable brand.
I expect a lot from Q7. The test turbo 3.0 diesel engine starts at $ 103,900 – a bundle of money for any SUV.
This takes the base price out of the range of a Benz GLE or BMW X3, to a higher level. The territory will become rarer with the arrival of Bentley Bentayga – if you have more than $ 500,000 – and others to follow include Maserati and Lamborghini.
The basics of the Q7 carry quite a lot, from the turbo diesel engine to the seven-seater cabin large enough to put a Queen-sized mattress rolled into the luggage space. I know because I did that with the QE7 and in this test, I easily fitted three full-size bikes to the back of the new Q7.
Unlike many other seven-seater SUVs, including the newly launched Land Rover Discovery Sport, the third row seats are not just for toddlers.
There’s a really comfortable space and you can even fold and open the briefcase from right inside the door, instead of having to work through the back door.
Aircon four zones means you can adjust more when you have more people on the plane.
Devices in Q7 reflect Audi’s latest pricing and technology, including “virtual dashes” that let you prioritize screens. Therefore, drivers can have large gauges, widescreen satnav screens or more in combination, right before their eyes.
The finishing work is great even though I wonder about the dash head, which – despite being a soft touch rubber rubber – looks like something a lot cheaper. The controls feel good, the stitching on the leather shows real class and the doors close with a German and not a cheap cry.
It is a car I can confidently recommend to families
As a drive, the Q7 is surprisingly good and I admit once again that I’m not a fan of SUVs – I love something like the recently-wiped BMW Series Series Touring wagon. expensive.
Not an easy park, the Q7 has a camera, radar, light steering and a command control position, which means you can get the job done if you relax and spend some time.
The ride comfort is great and the cabin is very quiet at any speed on any surface.
The stopping power in the brakes and the traction and balance are commendable.
The powerful but quiet engine and gearbox operate smoothly and efficiently, with gearshift paddles to aid on zigzag roads and unexpected corners.
Some Audi safety equipment is intrusive. The aggressive steering wants to keep me away from white lines and any gentle corner roads. I loathed this and the artificial feeling too heavy of the steering wheel – and deactivated as soon as I could get Audi Australia to talk to me throughout the process.
It’s a ANCAP five-star safety winner in any case, meaning it’s a car I can confidently recommend to families.
There are several other new SUVs recently tested and I think about how the Q7 fights – and on – them.
That reinforces my belief that the updated Mercedes GLE is completely suspended, that the Range Rover Sport has a sporty yet brilliant styling for families and Volvo has already finished top work on the XC90. .