Get used to this. This is the future but as we have exclusively driven, it is quite good and yes its fun. Downsizing is the new trend and turbo petrols are the future. Audi has been at the forefront of this with the 1.4 turbo petrol powering its sedans while now the flagship Q7 gets a 2.0 turbo petrol. Dubbed 40 TFSI it has been launched with a price of Rs 67.7 lakh for the Premium Plus variant and Rs 74.4 lakh for the Technology pack variant. The first gen Q7 came with a petrol V8 and now the new one has got a 2.0 which makes sense considering many want the refinement of the petrol and do not need the big fuel bills of a V8.
The engine develops 252 bhp and 370Nm which is healthy numbers from just 2.0 litres. The performance is there with 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds with a top-speed of 233 km/h. That is fast and all the performance you need or could want. The gearbox is an eight speed auto. So how does it drive? First impressions its smooth alright and quiet with a refinement you expect in a car like this. But we are more interested in the power. Is a 2.0 turbo petrol enough to haul the Q7? Yes.
What helps is the fact that the Q7 new one is around 300 kgs lighter than its predecessor and that makes the difference. Put the drive select to dynamic and it exhibits all the finesse and has enough power to get it going. Behind the wheel, the Q7 shrinks around you and it feels quick alright. Yes it does not have the superior punch of the diesel but its quick and for a 2.0 engine its fast- so much so that you think its a 3.0. What you will also like is the efficiency at 11.8 kmpl and in the city getting 9-10 kmpl would not be difficult. Try getting that in a V8 or a 3.0. Most importantly there is good low-end punch to potter around town easily and you do not need to cane it to extract performance.
Other than that its the Q7 that we like. The ride with 19 inch wheels is good and it also handles very well. The interiors are stunning and its loaded just like the diesel with 4-zone climate control, 360 degree surround camera, Matrix LED headlamps, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, Bose audio system, virtual instruments etc. Its also practical with 7 seats and an electronically foldable third row of seats.
So yes the Q7 40 TFSI makes sense and perfectly goes well with the leaner avatar of this new gen model. Its also the cheapest in its class which means its VFM too so yes Audi has indeed found a sweet spot with this new Q7 petrol.