2017 Audi Q7 Review

2017 Audi Q7 Road test, Review

The new generation Audi Q7 3.0L TDi QUATTRO AWD SUV we recently tested is an excellent vehicle with few if any faults.

It sets the benchmark for luxury 7 seat family SUV driving. For those in a hurry that is all you need to read.

The Audi Q7 is a large car at an overall length is 5.05m, which is longer than a Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series.

Yet for all this size it has a svelte appearance more fitting a luxury wagon than an AWD SUV.

Style can be a matter of personal taste.

To me the Q7 exterior simply looks good and is very appealing. The Mercedes Benz GLS is like the ugly sister in comparison.

At this level you expect the luxurious interior to be integrated, that not only flows but works seamlessly and has subtlety.

Some vehicles in this class seem to have a love affair with buttons or switches, others seem to like minimalism, to the detriment of functionality.

The Audi Q7 strikes almost a perfect balance between form and function.

The drivers’ alignment to the steering wheel and dash can be adjusted for all drivers to find the perfect position.

The large and clear virtual digital dash can be changed to suit personal preferences and is amongst the best in class.

Again the more than it seems feature of Audi comes through.

The dashboard, centre console layout seems simple, almost bland, but after a little while you realise how easy and integrated it all is to use.

Sitting on top of the centre dashboard is the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. This is displayed on an 8.3″ extending screen that is sharp, brilliant and rich in contrast.

There is an optional head-up display.

The controls are intuitive to use with the intelligent new MMI control concept: fewer buttons yet more functions, including vehicle settings, navigation, telephone, media and the optional Audi connect.

A larger touchpad creates a better user-experience.

Front seats for driver and passenger are excellent, rear seats great for two passengers but can accommodate three in comfort with adequate head, knee and leg room.

The third row of seats while reasonable for teenagers do feel a slightly restricted in head room and leg room, unlike the Mercedes Benz GL which has the best in class.

There is however adequate luggage space with all seats in use.

One clever feature is the flexibility in luggage configuration with individual folding seats that fold flat.

The Audi Q7 has an incredible long list of standard safety, luxury and comfort features with an even longer and expensive options list.

Safety is obviously five-star ANCAP and the Q7 is class leading in passive and active safety features.

However I found that sometimes the vehicle was overriding normal driving ability with the car thinking it’s a better driver than me. It probably is!

The Q7 is powered by a 3.0 litre TDI engine that produces 200kW @ 4250rpm of power and 600Nm @ 1500-3000rpm of torque.

The abundance if torque at low revs makes for smooth, powerful and extremely relaxed driving experience.

Combine this with the adaptive air suspension and you have a big AWD SUV that handles and drives like a luxury sedan.

You simply forget you are driving a 5.0m long AWD SUV.

The overall appeal of a powerful yet economical diesel engine mated to an eight-speed transmission driving all four wheels through Audi’s outstanding quattro system.

It delivers dynamic handling and yet a smooth ride, and is equally at home at the Opera and at Birdsville.

This might sound strange but it actually represents reasonably good value. If I was looking for a luxury 7 seat AWD SUV the Audi Q7 3.0L TDi QUATTRO would be at the top of the list.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Audi Q7

  • Engine: 3.0L turbo diesel developing 200kW and 600Nm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Warranty: Three year
  • Safety: Five stars
  • Origin: Germany
  • Price: from $114,500

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