Audi Q7 (2015–)
- December 2014: New Audi Q7 revealed
- March 2015: Orders taken for 2015 Audi Q7
- August 2015: New engine for Q7 introduced
- March 2016: Audi SQ7 4.0 TDI V8 announced
- October 2017: Audi Q7 Vorsprung and Q7 Black Edition launched
- June 2019: Audi Q7 receives cosmetic updates and new engines
- July 2019: Audi SQ7 TDI announced
New Audi Q7 revealed
Smaller outside. Bigger inside. 37 millimetres shorter and 15 millimetres narrower than previous Q7 while virtually the same height. Yet extra 21 millimetres between the first and second rows of seats, and head room increased by up to 41 millimetres.
UK models powered exclusively by 3.0 TDI engine at launch with less powerful 218PS, lower CO2 3.0 TDI following in late 2015.
3.0 TDI has a kerb weight of 1,995 kilograms, making it lighter than the Mercedes Benz GL. First phase of UK-bound Q7 models powered by the latest incarnation of the 3.0 TDI engine with 272PS, providing 0 to 62mph in 6.3 seconds. Q7 diesel V6 certified at up to 47.8mpg and 153g/km CO2.
The Audi Q7 e‑tron quattro, which comes soon after, is the first plug in hybrid from Audi with a diesel engine. 373PS of system output and a system torque of 700 Nm (516.3 lb‑ft). Also first diesel plug‑in hybrid with quattro all‑wheel drive in premium SUV segment. Up to theoretical 166.1mpg, which corresponds to less than 50 grams of CO2 per kilometre. A full battery charge takes it 35 miles.
In S line specification - which will be the even more comprehensively equipped alternative to the entry level SE trim in the UK - the bumpers, the air inlets, the side sills, the roof spoiler and the diffuser feature a particularly bold design. The radiator grille and the slats in the lateral air intakes feature a newly developed, progressive, dark grey, high-gloss finish that replaces the familiar high-gloss black.
Audi offers an optional power trailer hitch with trailer assistant. The new Audi Q7 has a towing capacity of 3.5 metric tons if equipped with the optional air suspension.
With all seven seats occupied, cargo compartment takes 295 litres, or 770 litres rearmost seats down. Five-seater offers 890 litres and 2,075 litres with the second row seat backs folded down. Loading lip by 46 millimetres lower than prervious Q7.
In the UK, the new Audi Q7 will initially be powered by a 272 PS V6 TDI engine. This complies with the Euro 6 emissions standard and its CO2 emissions have been reduced by as much as 50 grams per km.
The powerful 3.0 TDI produces 272PS and 600Nm of torque. The sprint from 0 to 62 mph takes 6.3 seconds, top speed is 146 mph. Combined fuel consumption is 47.8mpg, which equates to CO2 emissions of 153g/km. The V6 diesel has been systematically designed for minimal internal friction and efficient thermal management. The 3.0 TDI is extremely smooth, which is also due in part to the switchable hydraulic engine bearings. They ensure that engine vibration is low and conduct little noise into the car.
A second variant of the 3.0 TDI with 218PS and 500Nm of torque will follow at a later date. This efficiency model will further reduce the CO2 emissions of the 3.0 TDI, setting new standards for efficiency.
The new Audi Q7 comes standard with 19-inch wheels. Audi and quattro GmbH offer a large number of additional wheels in sizes up to 21 inches as options. Large, vented brake discs bring the SUV safely to a stop. They are gripped up front by aluminium six-piston calipers. The electromechanical parking brake, updated with convenient hill hold and startup functions, acts on the rear wheels.
The new Audi Q7 also moves with aplomb through terrain, where the high ground clearance of up to 235 millimeters and large axle articulation possible come into play. An optional display shows the driver the pitch and roll angles. An electronic hill-descent assist controls the desired speed.
The 3.0 TDI in the Audi Q7 e-tron produces 258 PS. The electric motor, which is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic, has an output of 94 kW. System output is 373PS; system torque is 700Nm. The Audi Q7 e‑tron accelerates with this power from 0 to 62 mph in 6.0 seconds, and from 0 to 37 mph in 6.1 seconds on electric power alone. Top speed is 139 mph.
The Q7 PHEV is the world's first PHEV with a heat pump, which minimises the energy requirement for heating and air conditioning without compromising customer comfort. Furthermore, the customer can preheat or precool the car via an app.
Orders taken for 2015 Audi Q7
3.0 TDI quattro 272 PS SE: £50,340 OTR; 3.0 TDI quattro 272 PS S line £53,835 OTR. 218 PS 3.0 TDI quattro open for ordering late summer 2015.
Comprehensive standard specification includes 7 seats, 19-inch wheels, MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, Audi connect (3 month trial), Audi drive select, keyless go, parking system plus, powered tailgate
S line versions fitted with all-weather LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, four-zone climate control and S line styling enhancements
Five mode Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system is networked with the engine and transmission, enabling the driver to alter their operating characteristics across five driving modes – auto, comfort, efficiency, dynamic or individual. The feel of the electromechanical steering can also be influenced by this system, as can the optional adaptive air suspension system, which also adds an allroad and lift/offroad function to increase ground clearance by 25mm and 60mm respectively.
New engine for Q7 introduced
The new Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro 218PS is available in SE and S line specification priced from £47,755 OTR, and is due with its first UK customers in October.
The EU6-compliant unit’s 218PS peak output, available from 3,250rpm through to 4,750rpm, and the 500Nm torque maximum it delivers between 1,250rpm and 3,000rpm, are converted by the eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission into a 0-62mph time of just 7.3 seconds and a potential top speed of 134mph.
The SE version with its 19-inch alloy wheels and the S line with its 20-inch upgrade can deliver up to 48.7mpg according to the combined cycle test, equating to CO2 output of 150g/km. Customers who choose the SE, and who place particular emphasis on economy and efficiency, can specify a smaller 18-inch wheel as an alternative to further reduce consumption and emissions – with their help up to 49.6mpg is possible with emissions of 148g/km.
Audi SQ7 4.0 TDI V8 announced
Has 435PS and 900Nm torque by virtue of turbocharging combined with an electrically driven supercharger.
The electrically powered compressor dispenses with turbo lag from step-off acceleration, helping to set an outstanding 0-62 mph sprint time of just 4.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph, and in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the SQ7 TDI returns up to 38.2 mpg combined. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 194 g/km.
The optional sport differential provides stable and precise steering, particularly during fast acceleration out of bends. Variable torque between the wheels on the rear axle offers supreme control in curves. The SQ7 TDI is pressed precisely into the bend as a result. Even if the rear end starts to swing out, the quattro sport differential brings it back under control. This technology is available for the first time in the Q7 model range and is reserved exclusively for this top model.
Seven seats are standard. Passengers in the Audi SQ7 TDI experience the largest interior in the segment. The second row has a three-section backrest with segments that can be folded down separately, while the final third row folds up and down electrically.
With the SQ7 TDI, buyers have the choice between standard sport seats and optional sport seats plus. The sliding/folding seats provide for easier access to the optional third row. The power tailgate is standard. The SQ7 TDI boasts elegant design solutions in the interior, including analogue instruments with gray faces and white needles, special welcome screens and S badges.
The SQ7 TDI is available in 12 colours. The distinctive radiator grille and underbody guard that encloses the four rectangular tailpipes are finished in twilight grey matt.
With its 12.3‑inch display, the Audi virtual cockpit presents logically structured information in brilliant graphics. Driver ergonomics are excellent, and operation is intuitive. The driver chooses the display mode via the multifunction steering wheel. A head-up display is also available as an option. The standard MMI navigation plus with MMI all‑in‑touch includes a large glass surface on the centre tunnel console that provides the finger with haptic feedback after each click. The MMI logic allows for intuitive system operation and also understands terms from everyday speech.
Audi Q7 Vorsprung and Q7 Black Edition launched
Vorsprung brings on board the highest level of standard equipment ever offered for a Q7. It is available in combination with the 272PS 3.0 TDI V6 engine and also for the SQ7.
Pricing starts from £64,405 OTR for Black Edition models, from £77,905 OTR for the Q7 Vorsprung and from £88,295 OTR for the SQ7 TDI Vorsprung.
The Q7 Vorsprung edition gets 22-inch Audi Sport design and the addition of running boards (excluding SQ7 TDI models), complemented by the black styling pack. It also has ultra-supportive front super sport seats with memory functionality and diamond contrast stitching for the Valcona leather upholstery, plus an extended leather pack. Seat heating is also expanded to the second row while the roof gains a soft-touch Alcantara headlining.
Vorsprung models have an advanced key for ease of access and the Audi Phone Box to provide wireless charging for all Qi-enabled mobile phones. There is also the addition of a head-up display and a 3D BOSE surround sound system.
Matrix LED headlights are added along with the Driving Assistance Tour Pack, equipping the Q7 Vorsprung with level 2 partial autonomy in the form of adaptive cruise control, active lane assist and traffic jam assist. Up to speeds of 37mph, these systems work together to steer, brake and accelerate the SUV in congestion, alleviating associated travel stress.
The Black Edition specification is available exclusively in conjunction with the 272PS 3.0 TDI. It adds larger 21-inch alloy wheels and a black styling pack extending to the radiator grille frame, profile trim strip, front bumper styling accents and door mirrors. Interior black inlays are alongside an upholstery upgrade to premium quality Valcona leather.
There's the addition of a full-length panoramic sunroof and ambient lighting pack immerses the interior in a soft LED hue in customisable colours.
A flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel and the Audi Virtual Cockpit expand the equipment list. Adaptive air suspension sport – appearing for the first time in the UK Q7 range – is another gain for the Black Edition. It lowers the body by 15mm and continually adjusts the damping. A rear view camera completes the Q7 Black Edition specification.
Audi Q7 receives cosmetic updates and new engines
The Audi Q7 has received a number of updates to bring it in-line with the Q8. It takes on board the latest engine updates, mild hybrid drivetrain developments and cabin digitalisation innovations first seen in the coupé-SUV.
Its exterior hardware also benefits from a reboot, and now combines crisper detailing with the latest design hallmarks characterising the Audi Q model line. Seven seats, adaptive air suspension and Matrix LED headlights are among the headline standard features for all models in the UK launch line-up, which is equipped to either Sport, S line, Black Edition or top tier Vorsprung specification.
The Audi Q7 demonstrates the hallmark SUV elements of the current design language. It adopts the large octagon-shaped Singleframe with its six upright slats which creates an even more powerful impression from the outset, and its two-part side air inlets have a much more expressive line, as does the sill area that draws attention to the large SUV’s considerable ground clearance.
The headlights emphasise the width of the full-size model with their contour and light signature. They feature Matrix LED technology as standard in Sport, S line and Black Edition versions, with an upgrade to HD Matrix LED units with Audi laser light reserved for the Vorsprung. At the rear, a striking chrome strip creates the visual connection between the flat rear lights with their technical-looking graphics and carries forward the horizontal body line. The designers achieved the clear view with taut, flat surfaces, which span the entire width particularly in the licence plate area. In S line models and above a blade in the front bumper, accentuated underbody protection at the rear and a full paint finish create an even more striking look in conjunction with alloy wheels measuring 20 inches in the S line, 21 inches in the Black Edition and 22 inches in the Vorsprung. Sport specification includes a 19-inch wheel.
Audi has substantially enhanced the dynamic facets of the Q7. The latest car is manoeuvrable, precise and agile in urban traffic and on hairpin bends, particularly in Vorsprung specification which includes all-wheel-steering as standard. It also facilitates supremely comfortable and poised touring with excellent ride comfort on motorways, helped by the adaptive air suspension that is factory fitted to all UK specification versions. This also provides variable ground clearance and prepares the Audi Q7 with its standard quattro drive for terrain off the beaten track. The relevant offroad mode can be selected via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system with its seven profiles. Black Edition and Vorsprung versions are equipped with the slightly tauter adaptive air suspension sport with a lower ride height than the standard air suspension system.
All of the engines in the Audi Q7 are coupled to an eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all‑wheel drive. A choice of two diesel engines will be available at market launch, and shortly afterwards a petrol unit, followed also by a plug-in hybrid model, will join the line-up. The standard mild hybrid technology plays a major part in the efficiency of the engines.
It can reduce consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres. Its central component, the belt alternator starter (BAS), powers a 48-volt main electrical system in which a compact lithium-ion battery stores the energy. During braking, the BAS can recover up to 8 kW of power and feed it back into the battery. If the driver eases off the accelerator at speeds of between 34mph and 99mph, the Audi Q7 recuperates energy, rolls at idle or coasts for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off. The BAS restarts the engine the next time the accelerator is depressed, and does so faster and more gently than a conventional starter. The start‑stop range begins at 13mph.
During the redesign process, the large SUV has grown in length by 11 millimetres to 5,063 millimetres. It is 1,970 millimetres wide (2,212mm including mirrors) and 1,741 millimetres (including roof aerial) high. Versus its direct competitors the Q7 has a greater interior length as well as more headroom and elbow room in the front and rear. A host of storage compartments, a new compartment in the instrument panel as well as the high load capacity provide functional utility value. Depending on the position of the rear seat backs the luggage compartment on the seven-seater version offers between 865 and 2,050 litres of capacity – the latter with a flat load area. An electric tailgate is standard, and when the optional Comfort and Sound pack is specified it also brings foot-activated gesture control for even easier opening. Versatility is further increased by the standard rear bench seat plus, which adds individual fore/aft movement and backrest angle adjustment for all three seats.
The cockpit architecture harmonises perfectly with the new, digital operating concept, which incorporates two large touchscreens. They provide haptic and acoustic feedback when clicking on the touch controls. When off, the top display blends almost invisibly into the large black decorative surface. All elements refer logically to one another, from the flat air vent strip to the wide console on the centre tunnel.
Equipment across the Sport, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung tiers befits the Q7’s positioning in the Audi model family, particularly the Vorsprung versions which take luxury and convenience to the next level. With their 22-inch wheels, S line detailing and black styling pack they show the remodelled Q7 body in its most impactful light, and their powered soft-close doors set the tone for the exceptional comfort and luxury within. Occupants are treated to ultra-supportive front super sport seats with diamond-stitched Valcona leather upholstery, climate control and massage function, plus an extended leather pack taking in the door pull handles, armrests and lower door trim, the front centre console trim and the underside of the instrument panel. Seat heating is also expanded to the second row, and attention is even lavished on the roof, which gains a soft-touch Alcantara headlining. The 3D BOSE surround sound system is also installed to fill the interior with virtually cinematic sound quality.
To complement the now fully digitised instrumentation, the MMI navigation plus (which is standard across the range) delivers top-of-the-line connectivity by incorporating LTE Advanced, a Wi-Fi hotspot, natural voice control and the extensive Audi connect portfolio, opening up everything from online traffic information and navigation with Google Earth to hybrid radio. The cloud-based Amazon voice service Alexa, which is integrated into the MMI operating system, is also new.
Vorsprung models are also fitted with convenience technology such as the Audi Phone Box to provide wireless charging for all Qi-enabled mobile phones, a head-up display projecting important information such as vehicle speed and assistance system notifications onto the windscreen and a particularly extensive portfolio of automated driver assistance systems. The list covers virtually all the bases, from side assist, lane assist, cross traffic assist rear and turn assist to camera-based traffic sign recognition.
Audi SQ7 TDI announced
The 4.0-litre biturbo TDI produces 435PS with 900Nm of torque available between 1250 and 3250 rpm, enough to accelerate the SQ7 from rest to 62mph in 4.8 seconds and to take it to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
A 48-volt electrical subsystem feeds an electrically powered compressor (EPC) that assists the two turbochargers whenever the load demand from the accelerator is high while the available energy in the exhaust gas is still low. In this case, it supplies the fresh air, which is important for combustion. As a result, the torque is available instantly at any time – when accelerating from low speeds and particularly when starting off. The EPC is integrated into the intake air tract. A compact electric motor accelerates its compressor impeller to up to 70,000 revolutions per minute in 250 milliseconds. In the exhaust system, two actuators modulate a full eight-cylinder sound.
A quick-shifting eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive slickly convey the immense power of the 4.0 TDI onto the road. The standard S-specific adaptive sport air suspension and progressive steering, whose ratio becomes increasingly direct as the steering angle increases, create excellent driving dynamics, and in Vorsprung versions standard all-wheel steering makes the large SUV even easier to handle. The system turns the rear wheels by up to 5 degrees in the opposite direction at low speed to maximise manoeuvrability, and at higher speeds turns them slightly in the same direction to promote stability.
The Audi SQ7 TDI combines the recently updated design of the Q models with added S-specific details. It stands apart from the base model with its twin slats in the Singleframe, exterior mirror housings in aluminium look, and the four characteristic exhaust tailpipes with round, chrome trims. The blade in the bumper has a three-dimensional shape, and the underbody protection at the rear looks even more rugged. The look is set off by Matrix LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and dynamic front and rear indicators, and by 21-inch cast aluminium wheels in 5-double V-spoke design in contrast grey with a gloss-turned finish.
In Vorsprung versions the headlamps are upgraded to HD Matrix LED units including laser light, and a Titanium Black styling pack adds a titanium black finish for the grille surround, door mirrors and roof rails combined with a high gloss black finish for the window surrounds. Larger 22-inch 5-V-spoke aluminium star design wheels also make even more impact. Behind both wheels, brake discs measuring 400 millimetres in diameter at the front and 370 millimetres at the rear are fitted, with callipers finished in black and featuring an S logo. These are also optionally available in red.
The interior of the Audi SQ7 TDI features super sports seats upholstered in dark Valcona leather with integrated head restraints, S embossing, rhombus stitching and pneumatic lumbar support adjustment. In the SQ7 TDI Vorsprung these are also climate controlled and feature a massage function.
Soft Alcantara door inserts and brushed aluminium inlays complement these, as do the illuminated door sill trims bearing the S logo and the pedals, footrest and loading sill protector finished in stainless steel brightwork. A contour/ambient lighting package can be specified at extra cost to illuminate the elementary design lines and the surfaces in 30 adjustable colours..
MMI navigation plus, which includes touch-screen operation, delivers top-of-the-line connectivity as standard. It features LTE Advanced, a Wi-Fi hotspot, natural voice control and the extensive Audi connect portfolio, bringing benefits such as traffic information online, navigation with Google Earth, the hybrid radio and the cloud-based Amazon Alexa voice service, which is integrated into the MMI operating system. All features are shown with an S-specific display in the Audi virtual cockpit. There is also a performance view, which places the rev counter in the centre.
The Audi SQ7 TDI and SQ7 TDI Vorsprung are available in the UK from August.