Audi Q7 (2015–)

Last updated 2 July 2018

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.
Updated 2 July 2018

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Introduction

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.

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 272PS 2015 Road Test

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 272PS 2015 UK Road Test

Audi Q7 e-tron 2016 Road Test

Audi SQ7 2016 Road Test

 

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