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Review: The Mighty Audi Q7

July 31, 2014

A member of the German ‘Big 3’ luxury auto-makers, Audi is the crown jewel in the Volkswagen Group’s crown. Since the launch of the 1996 A4 and then the sporty TT, the strong premium brand has been established as a pioneer in high calibre, stylish rides. Audi shines with its state-of-the-art technology, using dynamic engines, aluminium space-frame chassis’ and advanced transmissions. Today we’re looking at the biggest car in the Audi line-up, the mighty Audi Q7 4×4 – a full-size luxury crossover SUV.

Image by Seveneo

Image by Seveneo

Design

The Audi Q7 is the brand’s first big 4×4, designed to offer a spacious and luxurious experience both on and off-road for up to 7 passengers (provided you don’t use up too much boot space!). Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005, the Q7 is still a relatively young model and is available in 5 stylish trim levels – the SE, S Line, S Line Plus, S Line Style and S Line Sport. It is worth noting that later in 2014, Audi is releasing a brand-spanking new generation of the Q7 model, which is anticipated to weigh approximately 350 kg less than the current car! Now is a fantastic time to snap up great deals on the current Q7, as dealers clear stock to make room for the updated version.

Features

All of the Audi Q7 models feature a 6.5-inch touch-screen and hands-free connectivity and if you go for the S Line Plus – you’ll even get sat-nav and snug leather seats thrown in! The entry level SE model features 19-inch alloy wheels, whilst the rest of the Q7 line-up sport the trademark 21-inch alloy wheels found on the Audi A5 and A6 Black Edition models. The Q7 comes with a smooth stainless steel under-body, protecting its chassis and exhaust from bumps off-road, and improving aerodynamic efficiency. The top-of-the-range S Line Sport Q7 features distinctive black air intakes, giving its powerful engine plenty of breathing space. S Line models also feature Xenon headlights trimmed with slick LED daytime running lights.

 

Performance

All of the Q7 models have Audi’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system fitted as standard and power is directed through an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The Audi Q7 is available with a range of three diesel engines. High-end models are powered by a monstrous 4.2L TDI V8 pushing out 340 bhp, giving the top-spec Q7 plenty of grunt on the motorway and bags of torque for towing. There are also two 3.0L TDI V6 engines, producing 204 bhp or 245 bhp depending on the specification of the car. Our pick of the bunch is the entry level 3.0 litre V6 TDI, combining both economy and power – keeping purchase and running costs to a minimum. The entry level Q7 jumps from 0-62 mph in just 9.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 127 mph – impressive figures for a base-line model. Fuel emissions range from between 189 – 242 g/km depending on which Q7 you go for and economy figures are strong for a car of this size.

Pricing

If you want to get your hands on a super stylish Audi Q7, the entry level SE with its potent engine costs just £43,895, a relative bargain considering its great quality and features. If you fancy something a little more premium, the range-topping S Line Sport will set you back £64,120 – so expect to dig a little deeper. If you fancy getting your hands on the Q7, we’ve got some great Audi used car finance deals, we provide competitive car financing for both new and used vehicles and can help you can get the Audi of your dreams! At the Car Loan Warehouse we work with both dealers and lenders to find you the best offer, regardless of your credit score. Try our easy to use car finance calculator to see how much you could save.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.