Audi Q7 Review

By Somdatta Basu   |  October 23, 2013


Audi is not new to quattro four-wheel drive, their trademark. Audi quattro is a permanent all-wheel drive (AWD) system used on Audi brand of automobiles. It was first introduced in 1980 on the Audi quattro and has since been set up on most of the models that Audi sells. The name is a registered trademark of Audi AG. The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury SUV produced by the German car manufacturer Audi with the help of Laboyrie, Gregg and McHewgor, the men behind the machine. The Q symbolises a new class of vehicles for Audi and the Q7 is positioned between Audi A6 and Audi A8.

The model was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006. From then on, there was no looking back for Audi Q7. The Q7 uses a customised version of the Volkswagen 7L platform and is designed more for on-road use. The Q7 seats up to seven passengers in three rows. The second row can be adjusted forward for more cargo space or back for added legroom, the second and third rows also have split seat backs that fold flat to increase cargo room.

Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system is a standard feature on Q7. Traction and stability is improved due to the use of a centre differential that distributes power from front to rear wheels and side to side. This helps mainly on vigorous driving conditions.

Powertrain & Performance

With three potent engines to its credit, the buyers have a choice between a 3.0L TDI quattro, 4.2L TDI quattro and a 3.0L TFSI quattro. The Audi Q7 3.0L TDI quattro engine can generate a power output of 241.4 bhp. Audi Q7 4.2L TDI quattro produces an output of 335 bhp and the Audi Q7 3.0L TFSI Quattro delivers a power of 328.5 bhp. Whether on-road or off-road, permanent four-wheel drive distributes power asymmetrically and provides for driving enjoyment and safety. The adaptive air suspension option ensures the ultimate in handling and a high level of comfort. With tiptronic system, the driving pleasure of this automatic transmission is ensured whether shifting gears is automatic or in manual mode.

For that smooth ride, agile handling and moderate off-the-road abilities, a sophisticated double-wishbone suspension system with twin-tube shock absorbers has been designed and incorporated. The suspension can be raised for increased ground clearance off-road or lowered for improved high-speed aerodynamics and easier access to the interior. In addition to Anti-lock Brakes System (ABS), Emergency Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), the Audi Q7 comprises new on-road and off-road functions, which offer you extra comfort and safety when driving off-road or pulling a trailer.

Build & Styling

The new arresting accents at the front and rear end dominate the exterior. The coupe-like silhouette, in combination with the accentuated arched roofline and the tautly curved body surfaces emphasise the athletic stance of the new Audi Q7. The new single-frame radiator grill in high gloss black with vertical chrome bars adds robustness to the car in conjunction with new Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.

The newly designed tailgate provides easy access to the luggage compartment which is of about 775 litres. Sunshine and fresh air can be enjoyed during the journey with optionally available sunroof. The new front bumper has got a more prominent 'chin wing' that provides an effective difference to the body of the car, thereby highlighting its sporty appearance.

The SUV provides the highest levels of spaciousness, a driver-oriented design and exclusive equipment with a colour contrasting cockpit forming the theme in the centre console, shift gate and Multi-Media Interface (MMI) control unit. The interiors are comfortable with individual seats in the rear that can be folded down. Audi says that the seats can be adjusted in many ways for more comfort. The highly versatile seats, high-quality materials, extensive range of equipment and trim options makes the new Q7 a class apart. The new Q7's aluminium and wood-trimmed interiors with leather seats are as stylish and refined as that of any Audi. It features MMI, which can operate video display, audio system, climate control and most other functions. Ample amount of shoulder room on every seat and enough legroom makes travel comfortable.

Safety features on all Q7 models include anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes with EBD, EDL - Electronic Differential Lock, ESP with traction control, Quattro permanent four-wheel drive and tyre pressure monitoring system. Front seat belts with pretensioners and load-limiters, dual front air bags, rear side airbags and first-aid kit are available in the SUV.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Powerful
    • Spacious
    • Elegant
    • Elite Design
  • Cons

    • Its massive size makes parking difficult in small parking lots