ACURA Sport Car | Audi Q7

A large measuring on from the onetime one. Drives well, swell cabin environment.


What is it?

The minute generation of Audi’s full-size SUV. The concluding i was a flake of a behemoth, but this i looks, well, non svelte exactly, but it’s for certain done a meliorate project of concealing its size. Looks to a greater extent than similar an A8 Allroad than a Q7. 

Underneath it sits on an all novel platform (called MLB) which volition equally good underpin Bentley’s novel Bentayga SUV, but rather than diverse over-powered petrols, is pushed along past times Audi’s familiar 3.0-litre V6 TDI linked to an viii speed auto. Three rows as well as vii seats come upwardly as standard.


What is it similar on the road?

This is mayhap the surface area where the Q7 has come upwardly on most. Equipped amongst air recess on almost all models, it rides real good indeed, as well as combines this amongst plenty cornering aids to experience far smoother as well as to a greater extent than wieldy than it should (a massive 300kg weight saving over the onetime Q7 plays a large part inwards this). Put it this way, when nosotros tested it inwards TopGear magazine against the Land Rover Discovery as well as Volvo XC90, it was the Audi that most impressed us to drive. The centre of gravity appears to stimulate got dropped, hence the Q7 moves easily as well as reassuringly, the steering is lite as well as it gets close smoothly as well as amongst reasonable grace.

A strong, hushed TDI engine (we naturally prefer the punchier 268bhp version) as well as smooth, unobtrusive gearbox hateful it makes swift, slow progress on-road. It powerfulness curlicue a bit, but whatever movements are progressive as well as good controlled. While it can’t alive amongst a Disco inwards the rough, it’ll brand plenty of a fist of it to satisfy all but the beardiest off-road types.

On the inside

Layout, complete as well as space

This is the surface area that arguably matters but equally much equally what it’s similar to drive. This, afterwards all, is non a sports SUV, but a stylish, desirable people/pet/holiday carrier. It needs to haul stuff, inwards other words. It’s non equally proficient at this equally the novel XC90 – the nurture seats are quite cramped as well as night inwards comparing as well as the middle row doesn’t stimulate got the same levels of functionality, but on the whole it does a proficient enough job. 

Up front, the driving surroundings is tremendous: clearly as well as logically position out, swell materials, proficient interfaces. The novel Virtual Cockpit, taken from the TT, is superb. It’s the sort of automobile you’ll survive happy whiling away the hours inwards piece cruising effortlessly along autoroutes to your vacation destination. Or, to a greater extent than likely, but doing the schoolhouse run. Either way, the Q7 can cope.


Running costs as well as reliability

The Q7 is non inexpensive these days. In due south describe spec (big wheels, proficient kit, or hence £2,500 to a greater extent than than the SE) it’s £52,970. Best promise to travel it on a proficient lease bargain as well as and then taste the first-class claimed fuel economic scheme as well as CO2 figures. These, however, are meliorate inwards a lower spec car. Opt for smaller wheels (well, small-scale past times SUV standards: they’re 19-inch rather than 20s…) as well as the CO2 drops from 163g/km to 153. Claimed economic scheme is 47.9mpg. You’ll travel 35-40mpg. Which isn’t bad for a automobile of this size.


Final thoughts as well as selection of the range

The all-new Q7 is a flake to a greater extent than compact than earlier – as well as a lot meliorate to drive

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