Audi Q7 Review

By Somdatta Basu   |  March 4, 2016

Overview

The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury SUV produced by the German car manufacturer. This flagship SUV has been a highly sought after vehicle ever since it first launched in the Indian car market a few years ago due to a combination of its performance, luxury, off-road prowess and included gadgetry. However, after being on Indian roads for quite some time now, the Q7 had begun to show its age. Not to be outdone by its rivals, Audi has released a new version of the Q7. Read on to know how good it is.


Powertrain & Performance

Unlike the previous generation Q7 which had the option of 3 engines, this new model comes equipped with just one engine. However, this 3.0 litre, turbocharged V6 diesel that delivers a peak power output of 245 bhp is an absolute gem of a motor. The power is routed via an 8 speed automatic transmission and the legendary Audi Quattro system to all four wheels. Whether on-road or off-road, this permanent four wheel drive system distributes power asymmetrically and provides for an immensely enjoyable driving experience and makes the car feel solidly planted on the ground. The adaptive air suspension ensures excellent handling and a high level of comfort.

The suspension can be raised for increased ground clearance off-road or lowered for improved high-speed aerodynamics. In addition to ABS, EBD and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), the Audi Q7 comes with multiple on-road and off-road driving modes, which enable the vehicle to respond much better to the surface being traversed. Despite its size, the Q7 can sprint from rest to 100 kph in 7.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 234 kph.


Build & Styling

The straight-edged yet coupe-like silhouette, in combination with the tautly curved surfaces emphasize the athletic and purposeful stance of the new Audi Q7. The new single-frame radiator grille adds a touch of class and robustness to the car. The Matrix LED headlights with LED daytime running lights look fantastic and perform brilliantly when the sun goes down.

The SUV provides the excellent levels of spaciousness, a driver-oriented design and a generous equipment list. The interiors are comfortable thanks to leather-upholstered seats that provide brilliant bolstering. The dashboard has been through an extensive overhaul and looks very well executed. The new Q7 features the latest generation MMI system with touch input, an aircraft throttle style gear selector, voice recognition, a powered tailgate, 4-zone automatic climate control, the Audi Virtual Cockpit and much more.


Verdict

The Q7 has always been a darling of celebrities and tycoons. With this updated design and improved list of features, Audi has ensured that this SUV will continue to be alluring to anyone who is in the market for a capable, premium SUV.