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Audi Q7 – Complete Review for 2015

10 years have passed from the time the Q7 dominate SIAB, and the world has changed radically. Car purchases are now more cerebral and the car managed to turn increasingly clear meantime a status symbol in the choice that goes through a lot of filters to Purchase. It’s time the Audi Q7 throws a completely different market.

Audi Q7 2015 Test Drive

Forget dominant emergence a decade ago. Q7 car is now more properly built and proportioned. There’s great for the sake of being big, and the technology that has evolved in recent years brisk German SUV turns into a family alternative for those who can afford a car of this type. You read that right. Q7 is far from a car be “in your face” and feels more like a model built for the family, with space big enough that you do not make matters any case, and with an attitude similar to what British call “down to Earth”. Down to earth. Chit that still speak longest and widest segment model.

Paradoxically or not, this change could be a winning switch for Audi, which could gather more customers will no longer be afraid of the name but will want a good car in all conditions.

Engine / Transmission

At launch, the Audi Q7 comes to customers with two engines, one diesel and one petrol. If 3.0 V6 diesel 272 hp and 600 Nm will probably be the bestseller range, version 3.0-liter TFSI petrol and 333 hp will appeal to those who do not watch at all to use and want a performance car peak.

The test held in Switzerland have tested both and we stopped at … a third option. A version more “good” engine 3.0-liter diesel V6 that will be in demand Audi later. It has 218 hp and 500 Nm, coupled to the same eight-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox, but demonstrates that it can consume a couple of times less than an equivalent engine of the Q7 was first released.

By talking about offering this engine to retain an essential detail. Q7 no longer hardughia two and a half tons that needed jet engines that operate in dynamic conditions. After a diet that got away over 300 kilograms (it’s like as four passengers out of the car by 80 kg between generations), the Q7 3.0 TDI 218 PS version has come to draw the balance under two tons which means that we have to face one of the greatest (if not most) reduction in curb weight of the automobile industry. It is true, however, that the Q7 was plenty of room for that.

Overall, I was surprised to see a whole box motor absolutely perfect for a family car this gauge. You say – as I thought initially – that 218 hp are few for a Q7. Well, you see the following chapters as the performances are absolutely explosive in front of the competitors, and real consumption remains within limits of the car more than decent. 8-speed Tiptronic box and amended intergenerational so serious that you will not ever want your manual.

Engine 218 hp of the Audi Q7 is one of the most serious arguments when talking about a car down to earth. A demonstration that you can beat the competition with ease if you use only two tricks: a radical diet and improved road holding net to potentiate “flavor”.

Consumption
I’ll be direct: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 218 hp officially announces tiny consumption of just 5.4 liters / 100 km in mixed mode environment. That means that if you treat the pedals as a newborn, you’re likely to go 1,400 kilometers without the need for gas stations with the new Q7. Cam “human” for a car considered until now a kind of pump subscriber, do you?

We went with this version a route of 160 kilometers Swiss who collected two highways through the Alps serious ascents and descents, all at a pace sufficient to sustain that may be considered medium to alert. The onboard computer displayed at the end of our 8.2 liters / 100 km consumption more than decent for engine displacement and the route taken. So exciting, that I undergo extensive debate on our Facebook page.

Altogether, rarely seen on all consumption figures on a car like this gauge. And if the car I was wondering, confirmation came after I read the datasheets of rival models in the same area of ​​strength. I learned so that Audi is clearly more effective than any direct competitors. The closest is the new Mercedes-Benz GLE (formerly ML, will have to get used to the new name), which manages 5.7 liters per GLE250d version. Follow Volvo XC90 D5 (225 hp) 5.8-liter diesel engine of 2.0 liters, immediately after topping the Swedish BMW X5 xDrive25d. Although it’s power and torque by 50 Nm Q7 smaller Bavarian model consumes half a liter more on paper.

The other competitors passing 6.0 liters, and if even reach his Range Rover 7.5 liter / 100 km, provided that mention a 258-horsepower machine that does not have a version of “soft” and that would compare rather 272bhp version of the Q7 3.0 TDI. But, for the sake of comparison and hors-concours, it’s good to see the difference.

Finally, to understand the magnitude humanization Q7 3.0 TDI, VW Touareg V6 to note that the 204 hp 3.0 TDI consumes 1.3 liters more, ie 6.6 liters / 100 km. Argument best we have.

Performance

I tell you, before you see the 218 horsepower under the hood of the Q7 as a dynamic impediment would be great to see what happens around. We have, as we saw above, a BMW X5 2.0 liter engine that develops 218 hp all but 450 Nm instead of 500. We have a Mercedes-Benz GLE (formerly ML) 2143 cc engine that has 204 hp and 500 Nm. At Volvo, the new XC90 has 225 hp and 470 Nm from a 2.0 liter engine. Moving then to virtualii 3.0-liter engine competitors: Range Rover has 258 hp and 600 Nm, and the VW Touareg – sometimes it’s good to know where we stand in comparison family – has either 204 hp or 262, depending on needs .

Well, with 7.3 seconds 0-100 km / h, the new engine under the bonnet of the Q7 is proving to be by far the fastest in the power segment in this area. It’s faster than competitors for similar powers (remote one second to X5 and half a second to XC90) and beat with ease weakest competitors. The most interesting performance, however, is another: the 218 hp version of Q7 is quicker than me over 250 hp variants competitors. ML makes 258 hp 0-100 km / h in 7.4 seconds, 262 hp Touareg takes the same time and Range Rover comes in 7.9 seconds.

In any vocabulary, such a fantastic performance which doubles consumption is called, simply, humiliating opponents.

Inside

Designers and engineers at Audi have put hand hand on next-generation Q7 and developed a machine that, although the exterior looks a variety of A8 Allroad – any one mean thing – the interior is a concert hall. Literally and figuratively.

Can you command the new Q7 in version 5 or 7 seats and five-seater versions – we tested in Switzerland – offers you a luggage compartment of 890 liters, about 200 more than competitors. Huge and roomy enough for anyone wants a car where space is no longer a problem.

In terms of design, the interior of the Q7 is a mixture that exists at this time on the Audi high segments and will exist on future A8. The taste of the Volkswagen Group for the horizontal line dash vents included in the design is a solution we admired the first time on the Passat.

As usual, Audi not compromising the quality of the materials, so that the new generation of the Q7 is matching with the best solutions in terms of textures, colors and solutions. Huge display that you see through the steering wheel is taken directly from the TT, but unlike compact sports coupe, the Q7 we still have a large display that appears vertically on top of the dash when you start the car. Somehow logical control module displaying information that is taken on board all of the Audi TT and requires a period of adjustment, because it is complex. But it quickly enters reflexes.

Has the center console and automatic gearbox lever Mans took the form of a plane with Parking sat nonconformist button at the top of the handle. If you’re not familiar with how Audi arrange their buttons, you’ll be surprised by positioning the rotary volume that is small and located right near the passenger seat. Although I tested a bunch of Audi models in recent years, every time I climb behind the wheel of a new car brand this solution look like a freak. Well, a question of taste.

Purchase price
Audi has announced prices for the new generation of the Q7, but only the two upper engine we talked about at the beginning of this text. Basically, it’s a starting price of 65,500 euros for the 3.0 TDI 272 hp, which means that entry-level version we tested will fall somewhere in the segment 60-63 thousand euros when the be available on the market.

It’s not a huge amount given that mention the largest SUV, and had recent tests with C or D segment models with prices that beat the gate of 50-60 thousand euros. But if we look into segment, we see that mention one of the most expensive alternative that you have in this moment in the market.

Basically, it’s just more expensive Range Rover (sound expensive, even) because approaching 100,000 euros in version 3.0 of 258 hp. Otherwise, a X5 or a comparable XC90 fail to rank well below the 60,000 euro price. The new Mercedes-Benz GLE 204 hp diesel version has a label which displays 60,500 euros.

The good part for Audi is that this money is invested in a machine that benefit from cutting edge technology of 2015 and an engine beats the level of consumption and performance in the area of ​​power. So if we start to draw up an ad hoc quality / price ratio, we note that the new Q7 3.0 TDI 218 hp is an ok alternative. Dai money, but sit in the front.

Safety

The last and only test that he passed EuroNCAP Audi Q7 was a major embarrassment. It happened in the launch model and Q7 failed to collect only 4-star pedestrian protection and the protection of children in a time of testing European organization dealing with safety analysis offered cars were overly lax compared to standards today.

Perhaps we will see in 2015 a safety test with the new Q7, at which time we will realize the long road he has traveled in the last 10 years the German model. Safety has now become an important topic on the agenda of any manufacturer, premium or not, and that means that the latest word of premium brands should be the benchmark in safety.

In addition, having only managed four star TT this year, the new Q7 as if to prove that billions of airbags and safety systems on board – automatic brake and pedestrian detection machines, perpendicular to traffic detection out of parking or detect oncoming cars to turn left are some of the important elements of the new generation – are doing their job perfectly.

We will return when publishing the note EuroNCAP tests.

Driving
Old Q7 was a mammoth machine, and this reflects on roadholding. It was one of the heaviest SUVs on the market, which means that regardless of the attention they were giving engineers a suspension or steering, the car uses as dictated inertia in extreme situations.

The new Q7 is so far from what he could do the older generation, as a stranger to the phenomenon could swear that these are two completely different models, with different names. The first indication of a behavior is radically different ground clearance that hides a lowered center of gravity than the previous generation (minus 5 centimeters). Then, the front and rear multilink suspension with five catches are completely new and were designed to return the driver when cornering confidence.

Parenthesis: Drive Select package offers you no less than 7 driving modes, one being Offroad Plus. It raises your machine in an emergency because a car Q7 become skilled off-roader. You can not go at speeds above 30 km / h so, but the other six modes with ease at your disposal if you need speed.

Q7 feels now like a Allroad, not an SUV. It’s much better off sticking to the road and the turns are dealt with more aplomb without the machine to be moved more than you gives the impression that it would. It is true that we speak of a machine in the heaviest became overnight the easiest in the segment.

Department but not any brighter inside, and my impression is that somewhere in a dark room and away from the world, large manufacturers gathered and decided to put all directions full size SUVs anesthetized merely because however customers such machines will not be used to their true potential. I knew ML site, I noticed that and the new X5 and Q7 me today confirmed that theory.

Visibility
Q7 driving position gives you a bit lower than the previous generation. That contributes to the general feeling of the road car, so the dynamic skills matching, but losing assets they have old driver of a Q7, literally standing over traffic when driving this car.

If you have not tested any Q7 but until now, you will see that there are major problems when you transfer the close range when parked or when you pull the coils. There windscreen pillars that will disturb certain angles, but the new Q7 seriously attenuate the feeling of massiveness that you have when you walk into a large SUV which did not “feel” muzzle. You know every time your position on the road, and that’s a good thing when it comes to a machine that, ultimately, has a length of 5 meters.

Technology

The biggest being that it’s you and the company you represent. E top of the new wave of family and representativeness must be respected in proportion to the importance that you place on this issue. For this reason, there will never Q7 lack of technology and attention. It is simply one of the most important models of the Volkswagen Group and it shows immediately if, for example, you start to analyze a leaflet presenting technological systems on the new Q7.

One example is the audio system. We all know that a Bose audio system signed is a landmark in the automotive world. Well, Audi offers it as standard and the top variant is a 3D package signed by Bang & Olufsen Advanced the Germans have put great emphasis in the official presentation in Switzerland.

In the multitude of systems of all kinds, we noted a few interesting items worth highlighting. For example, besides blind spot warning, element models now available costing 15-20 thousand euros, Audi Q7 offers visual signal at rear-opening doors back if there’s a car coming. LED wand on the door gives to understand that it is not appropriate to open the door, because you risk to stay without it. I do not know how useful it will be a flag of a child, for example, but it’s good there.

Audi Connect package and passed it to the next level, and that means the army of connections offered on board Q7 hides and capability to integrate with Android phones and Apple Auto Android or Apple CarPlay. In short, the central display will show the phone applications as they see and the display of the gadget that you have in your pocket. It’s true that a simple Bluetooth connection already drive gives you all the information you need and more than that, but hardcore fans of the two companies will find the opportunity to effect such link phones and car.

We tested on roads in Switzerland and WiFi connection provided by machine with a card or through your phone and Q7 have noted that a router can function as smoothly.

One more thing: if you plan to use Audi Q7 to tow trailers or trailers cycles or other props, automatic parking system includes rear parking assistance car with trailer and all. It’s a job that complements automatic parking assistant or perpendicular side we’ve played and I’ve tested in a clip posted on our Facebook page.

Design

When you look at the new Q7, see a different machine than the older generation. First, it seems much less massive. Many have likened it to a break up, hence the idea of ​​a “A8 Allroad.” Therefore, many will be surprised when they find out that the new Q7 is still the longer and wider than the SUV market.

Second generation Audi Q7 is a good example of intelligent design. The time in the world on such a massive search for the car and the practicality of the Q7 stands now revealed by some fine fireworks design, the most obvious being the height limitation. Although only mention passing SUV on the market 5 meters long, simple widening of the machine combined with a lower height results in a dash car that approaches the feeling that you get when you watch a family car, not one of status.

Passing over the technical details, Q7 is a mature car which has come a long way from the first to the second generation. Curves were replaced by aggressive lines and angles. As a fan of cars for customers brain, changing Q7 vision is to my liking. Obviously we do not have a massive Q7, but one in which function beyond form. And this is clear evidence that both the market and the machine itself passed over Fite adolescence.

 

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