Audi Q7 Review
Audi always seemed to steer clear of the SUV market whilst rivals seemed to jump in wholeheartedly, with all that four wheel drive technology this was something of a mystery, not so anymore with the new Audi Q7.
Although the Q7 may be a new model in the Audi range its basic structural design has been with us for a while now in the form of the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne. Audi have, however, an ace up their sleeve, this comes in the form of the Quattro four-wheel drive system. Tried and tested over many years, any vehicle with the Quattro system needs to be taken seriously by its rivals.
Another great advantage of the new Audi Q7 is the fact that, if needed, there are an extra two seats neatly hidden away under the two tiered boot floor, making the Q7 an MPV SUV (sorry, from this point on, no more acronym's), but it does make for an extremely versatile vehicle. So it may be difficult to pigeonhole the Q7, but if you look upon it as an estate car on steroids you won't be too far from the mark.
You have a choice of three engines in the Q7 range, a 3.0 litre diesel derivative or either 3.6 or 4.2 litre petrol units. The 3.0 litre diesel can accelerate from 0 - 62 mph in 9.1 seconds, whilst the 3.6 and 4.2 litre petrol's achieve this in 8.5 and 7.4 seconds respectively. Top speeds are 134 mph for the diesel, 143 mph for the smaller petrol and 154 mph for the 4.2 litre petrol. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 27.2 mpg, 22.2 mpg and 20.8 mpg respectively.
Audi may be late to arrive at the party with the Q7, but as usual they look the part when a lot of the others are looking a little worse for wear. Perhaps we should put this down to another example of "Vorsprung durch Technik".
Like the looks of the new Audi Q7, why not check out the BMW X5, the Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport, the Mercedes M Class, the Mercedes GL Class, the Volkswagen Touareg or the Volvo XC90.
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