The 7 seater Audi Q7 is Audi’s first attempt at a proper 4×4, and they’ve done well! The critics generally praise it, but many comment it is just too big . However if you need loads of space, and want to carry up to 7 people in style and comfort, then it’s a good choice.
It’s vast, comfortable and well made; everything that you would expect from an Audi Q7. The driving position is commanding and everything falls to hand beautifully.
Testers say it has a premium feel to it, something that extends to the whole car. The switches are delightful and you get the feeling that everything will look the same after 200,000 hard miles too. The Audi Q7 will seat seven in comfort and provide huge boot space if you’re only carrying five and the rear-most seats are folded away.
The steering lacks feel apparently, and the driver is always aware that the Audi Q7 is a big, tall and heavy car. It can feel quite sprightly and nimble if you are gentle with it thanks to the air suspension but if you push on and are clumsy then it’ll remind you that 2,700kgs can’t be thrown around like a Lotus Elise. Some engines are overwhelmed by the sheer size of the car, so you need to pick with care.
The 3.0-litre petrol engine is too small for the car so the 3.0 TDI diesel is the one to pick. It gives a good balance between fuel economy and performance and sounds nice too. Most testers agree that it is the only engine that the car needs, even if you might be tempted by the whopping V12 diesel. In late 2011 a new version of the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI was introduced. The huge 6.0-litre V12 engine suits the car’s personality but all agree that the only reason to buy a Audi Q7 with this engine is just because you can!
Value for money
The base Audi Q7 with the 3.0 TDI engine is good value for money and can do everything that the V12 version can do – and is half the price; look no further. Worth noting It’s marketed as an off-roader but in truth the Audi isn’t at home away from the tarmac. If you need genuine off road performance then you should look elsewhere.
It’s absolutely enormous and utterly inappropriate, but the Audi Q7 is an endearing car nonetheless. It’ll be expensive to buy and run but there are few nicer places to be – or safer ones to stash your family. Just be aware that it’ll be a pig to park in a UK-sized parking space and it’ll attract the hatred of every eco-warrior in the country.