The Q7 was the car Audi never wanted to make. It’s their admission they were wrong about SUVs being a phase, but they pulled off their entrance to the market with a premium bang. The Q7 is large and luxurious, crammed full of impressive technology and safety credentials. It’s a SUV which proves why they’re such great cars.
What you need to know about the Audi Q7
With seven seats, the Q7 is the largest sibling in Audi’s Q range. Whilst the newest models are slightly more compact, it’s a something of a beast. The styling splits opinion somewhat, but there’s no denying it’s a fantastic car to drive and own.
For a car of its size, the Q7 is remarkably composed. The suspension system boasts air springing standard on all versions, and somehow Audi have managed to bely its two-ton bulk with impressive handling. For longer journeys, you’ll also be pleased to know it’s a well-damped ride with excellent noise refinement.
Then there’s the cabin. Brilliantly constructed, it’s a cut above other manufacturers. With everything you could ask for, including luxuries like smartphone mirroring, reversing camera, and dual-zone climate control, all in a logically laid out dashboard and manufactured from quality materials, it’s impossible to criticise. Look out for the new Virtual Cockpit, taken from the TT, too.
What to watch out for
There’s two generations of the Audi Q7, the second of which weighs 325kg less than the original. Overcoming the struggles navigating narrow lanes or town centres, partly down to its sheer size, the latest Q7 is arguably a more diverse car. The reduction in weight also makes it cheaper to run.
However, if you spend most of your times outside of town, the first generation is still a great car and you’ve got all the sensors you need to navigate smaller spaces when necessary.
- BMW X5
- Volvo XC90
- Mercedes GLE
Audi have basically thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the Q7. Infotainment technology, cabin quality, driving experience, it’s all decent. You get a lot for your money, although it requires a fair chunk of change.