Q7 – A Worthy Competitor in the Luxury SUV Segment
The new Audi crossover SUV exhibits imposing looks, reasonably sporty driving experience for a 4×4 SUV, and plentiful engine choice.
It is capable of housing seven passengers in its interior comfortably. The crossover enhances performance and luxury as it shares car-based uni-body construction, and flurry of high-quality trappings attest.
Exterior and Interior
Its grille does go well with the SUV’s painted horizontal strip, and adopted standard dark gray. When compared with the brand’s other vehicles, the chrome strip around the Q7’s grille is considered to be quite narrow, making the grille look a less overpowering.
Its narrow window area, high shoulder line, angled rear window, and sloping roofline towards the rear are combined to provide a classy look.
The taillights of this crossover are very much similar to that of Avant and the rear bumper has 2 long and thin reflectors mounted on it.
What makes it look different from Porsche Cayenne, and VW Touareg is its optional third row seating. The middle row has the ability to slide forward and fold back down, providing more legroom for the passengers sitting in the rear seat.
The third row seat can be folded flat when it is not used, which adds more cargo area.
It is offered in 3 trims-
• Premium Plus, and
Two Engine Choices
It is powered either by a 272hp 3.0-L supercharged V6 or 225hp 3.0-L TDI V6 engine. Though the horsepower ratings of TDI are bit less, it has robust torque ratings of 405hp that makes the crossover to accelerate to 60 mph in less than 9 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 130mph.
The fuel economy ratings of the 3.0T engine are 16 mpg in city/22 mpg on hwy (18 combined), while the TDI achieves 17/25/20 mpg.
The Bottom Line
On the whole, the TDI edition of Audi Q7 SUV is a worthy competitor in the diesel luxury SUV segment.