Review: Audi Q7 (2015)
Quiet and refined. Ideal long distance motorway cruiser. Beautifully finished quality interior. Seven seats and a huge boot. Five Star Euro NCAP rating. Six Isofix points.
Sheer size means it's unwieldy around town. Q7 e-tron only has five seats.
Audi Q7 (2015): At A Glance
- New prices start from £53,250, brokers can source from £43,815
- Contract hire deals from £486.36 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 35–49
- On average it achieves 70% of the official MPG figure
We’ve had a long wait for the second-generation Audi Q7. The original model first went on sale 10 years ago and received very little in the way of updates, while in the same time rival BMW rolled out not one, or two, but three generations of X5 and Land Rover is on its second Range Rover Sport.
For its whole life it’s been a posh alternative to a dull MPV, but with almost all of its new rivals such as the Range Rover Sport now offering seven seats, it’s time to pension off the first version and introduce something more competitive.
Audi has put the Q7 on a diet and managed to make the new one a mighty 325kg lighter than before - if you delete the 80kg standard second row of seats. Few will, but even with a saving of 245kg there’s been a huge gain in performance and efficiency despite looking as large as ever.
Under the Q7’s bonnet you’ll find just one choice of engine, a heavily revised 3.0-litre TDI diesel. It comes in two versions - the more popular 272PS model which averages a very respectable official 47.9mpg. Alongside this is a more efficient 218PS version extracting 52.3 miles from every gallon.
If you want more performance, the SQ7 is the model to go for. Powered by a 4.0 TDI with twin turbochargers it has no less than 900Nm of torque making this thing incredibly rapid...
There is also a hybrid version. The Q7 e-tron quattro is Audi’s first diesel plug-in hybrid and will return a theoretical 166.1mpg and 50g/km CO2. Its diesel-electric combo develops 373PS and 700Nm, while it can do 35 miles on electric power only.
Comfortable, quiet, practical and more efficient. You could almost say the Audi Q7 has been worth the wait.
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Audi Q7 (2015): What's It Like Inside?
Swing open one of the Q7’s doors and you’ll be greeted by one of the best interiors in the luxury SUV class. We love the optional 12.3-inch virtual cockpit dash (£600) that’s lifted straight from the Audi TT and R8.
Audi is making bombastic claims about the Q7’s opulence, refinement and technological precedence. Every light, from the headlamps to the ambient glow in the cabin, is an LED, and the infotainment is second-generation Audi MMI stuff, including a new ability to actually ask questions of it, as per iphone’s Siri feature. Even the climate control is ‘deluxe air conditioning’, puffing out filtered air in four zones in draft-free fashion, and from a thin air vent strip.
The additional 8.3-inch monitor that rises from the dash adds to the incredible ease of use, while the standard MMI interface is as intuitive as ever. Top marks also for the full-length strip vents across the cabin that help keep the interior cool, even when carrying a full load of passengers.
In fact, riding seven-up is more comfortable than ever thanks to generous interior space. Forget the old car’s reverse-TARDIS cramped conditions - Audi has increased shoulder and headroom for the second row plus it’s now easier to gain access to the third row that.
Despite no increase in headroom, it can accommodate an average-sized adult for short distances if the second row is slid forward. That third row can also be electronically lowered or raised, meaning there’ll be no more fingernails sacrificed to make more space. Furthermore, for the first time it’s also possible to carry six Isofix child seats.
It retains a seven-seat layout and boasts a 295-litre boot capacity with the rearmost chairs in place, or 770 litres with them folded. A five-seat version offers an 890-litre space, or 2075 litres with the rear seats down.
Safety features include a traffic jam assistant that will steer as well as brake and accelerate at speeds up to 37mph, and for higher speeds there’s a cross-traffic assistant that monitors the car’s blind spots when changing lanes.
There’s also a night vision assistant and, of course, an eco driving nanny called the ‘predictive efficiency assistant,’ which basically tells you in advance when it might be a good idea to slow down in the name of fuel consumption.
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What's the Audi Q7 (2015) like to drive?
The Q7 is at its best with the more powerful 272PS 3.0 TDI that comes with the standard eight-speed automatic. Our car also came with adaptive air suspension and, a first for a big 4x4 class, all-wheel steering.
The first thing you'll notice when you get going is the noise – or rather, the lack of it. At a typical 70mph cruise the Q7 is near silent. You'll only get noise intruding into the cabin if you work the engine hard.
Next you'll notice the fine ride comfort, especially with the adaptive dampers that our Q7 had fitted. Even on huge 21-inch wheels, the ride was calm and comfortable. Leave the motorway for country roads and we have little complaint about the performance.
The powerful diesel, from standstill, reaches the 62mph benchmark in just 6.5 seconds - making it faster than many hot hatches.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean the Audi Q7 drives like a hot hatch in the corners. In fact, if there’s anything to be disappointed about with the Q7, it's what happens on a challenging road. Even with its Dynamic drive mode switched on, the Audi doesn’t hunker down and transform into a sports car.
There’s too much bodyroll and, despite shedding all that weight, the Q7 still feels every kilogramme of its substantial two-tonne weight. The Range Rover Sport or current Porsche Cayenne have nothing to worry about.
The four-wheel steering - an £1,100 extra- is an interesting addition. It cuts the Q7’s tendency to push-on in tighter curves, but most people will want to buy it to reduce the turning circle in town. There, plus the open road, is where the Q7 is happiest. And no doubt its unashamedly comfort bias will be most appreciated by families.
Those who tow will be impressed by its Herculean ability to haul 3500kg (with the air suspension, 2700kg tonnes without). Furthermore, the new trailer assist programme can help even the most incompetent tower reverse a long, unwieldy trailer with the confidence of an HGV driver in a hurry.
|3.0 TDI 218||49 mpg||7.3 s||150 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 258 e-tron||-||6.2 s||50 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 272||44–48 mpg||6.5 s||153–168 g/km|
|4.0 TDI||37–39 mpg||4.9 s||190–199 g/km|
|45 TDI||42 mpg||7.3 s||178 g/km|
|50 TDI||42 mpg||6.3 s||177–180 g/km|
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