Audi Q7 (2006–2015)

Model History

November 2005

Audi Q7 Introduced

The Q7 became available for UK customer ordering from November 2005 with first deliveries scheduled for late summer 2006. There were five versions in first launch phase powered by 4.2-litre FSI V8 petrol (350PS at 6,800rpm and 440Nm at 3,500rpm) and 3.0 V6 TDI (233PS at 4,000rpm, 500Nm at 1,750rpm) engines with prices ranging from £37,285 to £48,580.

V8 versions equipped to SE specification as standard, SE upgrade £2,500 for V6 versions. S line specification adds £3,400 for V6 models and £900 for V8s. Seven-seat configuration and variable height adaptive air suspension fitted as standard across the range

December 2006

New naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 FSI petrol engine with 280PS @ 6,200rpm and 360Nm @ 2,500rpm. Six-speed tiptronic transmission standard. Q7 3.6 FSI priced from £38,225 OTR, 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds, top speed 142mph, combined MPG 22.2, C02 304g

March 2007

Q7 4.2 TDI V8 announced at the Geneva Show. 326PS and 760Nm of torque. Common rail fuel injection and Piezo injectors achieves a creditable combined fuel economy figure of 25.4mpg.

March 2008

Geneva world debut of final series production version of new Q7 V12 TDI the worlds most powerful diesel-powered passenger car. Already complies with proposed EU5 emissions regulations effective from 2010. 6.0-litre twin-turbo engine gives new Q7 V12 TDI 500PS @ 4,000rpm, 1000Nm from 1,750 - 3,000rpm, 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds, top speed electronically limited to 155mph, 23.7mpg combined.

April 2009

Revamped with prices from £38,575 OTR to £94,850 OTR with first deliveries July 2009. Continues to combine seven-seat practicality with quattro four-wheel-drive and variable height adaptive air suspension for genuine off-road capability

New high-tech 3.0-litre TDI engine incorporating the world's cleanest diesel technology uses an AdBlue additive to eradicate virtually all harmful nitrous oxides from emissions, and already meets stringent EU6 emissions applicable from 2014. Backed up by Bosch energy recovery system that helps to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 5g/km.

Q7 3.0 TDI quattro models offer a combined fuel economy figure of 31.7mpg. The benefits of recuperation are also particularly evident in the 4.2 TDI, which enjoys a fuel economy boost from 25.5mpg to 28.5mpg, despite an increase in power for the latest generation unit from 326PS to 340PS. The 6.0-litre, 500PS Audi Q7 V12 TDI continues to rank as the world's most powerful diesel-powered SUV, yet manages an economy figure of 25.0mpg in the combined cycle test. The 3.6 FSI V6 registers 23.3mpg, and the 4.2 FSI 22.2mpg.

All engines transmit their power via six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, and work in conjunction with quattro permanent four-wheel-drive with a 40 per cent / 60 per cent front-to-rear torque split for optimum on-road balance. Both on and off the tarmac, the standard five-mode air suspension with its variable ground clearance of between 180mm and 240mm helps the Audi Q7 to iron out the most imperfect of surfaces. The off-road setting, with 205mm of clearance and adapted damper control, is the perfect setting for cross-country driving.

2009 Q7 models are distinguished by redesigned front grille, restyled bumpers incorporating new integrated under-body protectors, new door mouldings and distinctive new LED rear lights. SE versions now have 19-inch alloy wheels (previously 18-inch), and top specification S line models by LED indicators and new U-shaped 'wraparound' LED daytime running lights built into standard xenon headlamps. (Optional extra on SE and standard models.)

Options list includes HDD navigation and entertainment system available for integration into the standard Multi Media Interface. The system uses a hard drive to store navigation mapping, music and telephone data, and displays its new 3D graphics on a high resolution colour monitor. Climate controlled comfort seats capable of heating or cooling their occupants are also newly available, as are long life, virtually fade-free carbon fibre ceramic brakes, which have been fitted as standard to the Audi Q7 V12 TDI since its launch and are now offered at extra cost for 4.2 FSI and 4.2 TDI versions.

April 2010

New engines, new eight-speed tiptronic transmission and added efficiency measures announced. New 2011 Model Year Q7 models priced from £40,135 OTR to £54,055 OTR available for order now for first deliveries in late June. Two new supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI petrol engines replace 3.6 FSI and 4.2 FSI units, and bring economy improvements of 12 and 16 per cent respectively

Newly developed 3.0-litre TDI engine brings 19 per cent economy gain helped by new engine start-stop system while new eight-speed tiptronic transmission with wider overall spread of ratios for more relaxed cruising and improved economy.

December 2011

New lead-in 204PS V6 TDI versions of Q7 arrived alongside new range-wide S line Plus specification.

Taking the lower output V6 TDI engine first seen in the A6 on board the Q7 for the first time, and combining its 39mpg capability with an exceptional new specification, the newcomer is available to order priced at £49,120 OTR. At the same time, this punchy but remarkably efficient unit also appears in the most attainable lead-in Q7 model to date - the 3.0 TDI 204PS Standard priced at £39,995 OTR.

To strike its impressive balance between performance and economy the timing of the 3.0-litre engine's camshafts, its turbocharger and its advanced common-rail system (with an injection pressure of 2,000 bar) have been optimised specifically with fuel efficiency in mind. As a result, up to 39.2mpg is possible according to the combined cycle test, equating to CO2 output of 189g/km.

With the help of a super-smooth eight-speed tiptronic transmission, the latest V6 TDI uses its 204PS and its 450Nm torque reserve to power the Q7 to 62mph from rest in 9.1 seconds, and enables it to reach a 127mph top speed where conditions allow.

In common with all Q7 models drive is channelled to all four wheels in a 40% front to 60% rear ratio by the quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system, and both on and off the tarmac the standard five-mode air suspension with its variable ground clearance of between 180mm and 240mm helps to iron out the most imperfect of surfaces.

Four specification levels are available for the Q7 - Standard, SE, S line and the new S line Plus - and it is the latter which enables the imposing seven-seater to make its boldest visual statement. Externally it includes 21-inch 5 segment-spoke alloy wheels, standard metallic paint, tinted privacy glass from the B-pillar rearwards and running boards. Powered tailgate operation also boosts practicality.

Inside, an upgrade to even more supple Verano leather upholstery makes for an even more luxurious ambiance. Up to seven occupants can be accommodated in the three rows of seats that are included as standard, two of which can be folded down if required to create a load area of 2,035 litres.

The air of sophistication is enhanced further in the S line Plus by features such as hard disk-based satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone preparation with online services giving access to Google Earth navigation mapping and creating a Wi-Fi hotspot for in-car internet access, Audi Music Interface iPod connection linked to an upgraded speaker system and the Audi Parking System Advanced with reversing camera.

S line Plus specification carries a premium of £4,500 over the existing S line option, and is available in conjunction with five of the six available engines, which include the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrols in 272PS and 333PS forms, the 204PS and 245PS V6 Diesels and the 340PS 4.2-litre V8 TDI. The mighty Q7 V12 TDI with its incredible 1,000Nm torque peak has its own unique specification.

January 2014

Q7 S line Style and S line Sport models launched

The S line Style Edition comes with either a 3.0-litre V6 TDI 245PS or 4.2-litre V8 TDI 340PS engine and adds £1,500 to the price of the equivalent Q7 S line plus model. In the S line Style Edition, the standard 21-inch five-segment-spoke alloy wheels are replaced by five-arm rotor design matt titanium-finish wheels of the same size which are exclusive to this model in the Q7 range.

These sit beneath a body which looks even more rugged thanks to the addition of an upgraded offroad styling package which includes stainless steel underbody protectors and extended wheel arches flowing into special bumpers with modified lower sections - uniquely in the Edition models these are painted in
body colour. Q7 S line Style Edition models include solid, metallic or pearl effect paint as standard in a choice of seven colours – Night black, Teak brown, Lava grey, Orca black, Graphite grey, Daytona grey or Scuba blue.

The look of the Q7 V12 TDI provided inspiration for the S line Sport Edition specification. Also available in combination with 3.0-litre TDI 245PS and 4.2-litre TDI engines, it carries a premium of £3,000 over S line Plus models. It adds a titanium finish for the 21-inch five-segment-spoke wheels, and a sport styling package including body-coloured wheelarch extensions, enlarged front air intakes with high gloss slats, lower bumper spoilers, stainless steel underbody protection and dual oval exhaust tailpipes integrated into the rear bumper.

The S line Plus specification on which these special edition models are based is fittingly all-encompassing in itself. As well as an upgrade to a 21-inch wheel, it includes features such as privacy glass from the B-pillar rearwards, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, supple Verano leather upholstery, stainless steel side running boards, powered tailgate operation, HDD satellite navigation, the Audi parking system advanced with visual and acoustic guidance, the Audi Music Interface and Audi connect bringing the many benefits of the Internet to the car.

Engine Trim Power Transmission OTR
3.0 TDI S line Style Edition 245PS tiptronic £52,975
4.2 TDI S line Style Edition 340PS tiptronic £62,600
Engine Trim Power Transmission OTR
3.0 TDI S line Sport Edition 245PS tiptronic £54,475
4.2 TDI S line Sport Edition 340PS tiptronic £64,100

What does a Audi Q7 (2006 – 2015) cost?

List Price from £56,940
Buy new from £46,132
Contract hire from £469.05 per month