The Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 is Audi’s first full size AWD (4 wheel drive) alternative such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class, it is essentially designed for on-road use rather than tackling unforgiving terrain.
Audi is famous for its ‘Quattro Four-Wheel Drive System’ and has put its capabilities to good use with the Q7. However it lacks ‘low-range off-road capabilities’ like the Land Rover Discovery.
The Q7 is a big vehicle providing a superb passenger space offering seven-seats and the superb ‘air suspension’ ensures superb comfort making it a great family and stylish vehicle for transport.
In mid-2009 it was given a mild-facelift with the introduction of a cleaner 3.0-litre TDI.
The Q7 has a very spacious interior made it all the more practical with seven seats as standard in all models, which gives it a versatility its more upmarket rivals such as the Range Rover cannot compete with.
It also has the versatility of mixing and matching the seating arrangements to suit individual needs.
The Q7 offers up 333-litres of load space, with a gigantic 775-litre cargo capacity available with the two third row seats stowed flat into the boot floor.
To create a car with as much cabin space as the Q7, Audi has had to make the exterior considerably larger.
At 5089mm long and 1983mm wide, the Q7 is a very tight fit for most standard single garages, while the 1737mm height can make nipping under car park height restrictions a nerve-wracking experience.
However, the Q7 enjoys considerable presence on the road, which means it is easily spotted by other drivers, who are less likely to pull out of side streets without spotting the big Audi.
The Audi Q7 has top-notch interior craftsmanship; class-leading fuel economy; strong supercharged V6; superb brake performance; roomy backseat; and sporty handling.