With the demand for SUVs rising, Audi is launching the second generation Q7, which promises more efficiency, space and road presence. The updated luxury model has been revamped in every aspect. The exterior is sharper, the interior is extensively more spacious, the latest engines are installed, and there’s a whole host of newly upgraded technologies available.
The original Q7 was a big success for the brand, with 500,000 sold worldwide since its arrival in 2005. The all-new model is an impressive 325kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to the aluminium-steel composite build, and it’s more economical. Coming in two different engine powers, both 3.0-litre V6s, the difference is all in the figures.
The entry level model gives 215bhp, 360lb ft of torque, fuel economy of 49.6mpg and emissions of 148g/km. Despite its more powerful engine, the upper S Line model’s CO2 emissions are rated only a little higher at 153g/km and it achieves 47.9mpg. With 269bhp from the new 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, the Q7 S Line can go from 0-62mph in just 6.5 seconds, an impressive time for a car of its size and reaches top speeds of 145mph.
Although it may be smaller in stature than its 2005 relative, the new cabin boasts a much larger space for legroom, headroom and storage. There’s room for seven passengers and luggage, with an impressive 770 litres of boot space. And if more space is needed, the rear seats fold down electronically to give you a huge 1,955 litres of room. Cubby holes can be found throughout the car, for extra storage options, and six out of seven of the seats can have child-seats attached easily.
Standard equipment includes: automatic start-stop, Audi drive select, Xenon Plus headlights, twin leather seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless go, Audi parking system plus, ISOFIX child seat mounting, and Audi’s infotainment service MMI, which features radio, navigation systems and search, using the touchpad and retractable screen.
Not only does quattro four-wheel drive come as standard, there is also the option to add all-wheel steering. If you opt for this included in your vehicle, you’ll find its circle turning is impressively small for a vehicle of its size. Other optional extras include Audi Matrix LED headlights, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, various assist packages, Bose or Bang & Olufsen sound systems, and Audi Connect (3 month free trial or 3 year paid subscription).
The new Q7 has also won a Euro NCAP safety award for its multicollision brake assist system and achieved a maximum five star safety rating during their testing. The optional Audi pre-sense basic was also commended as a factor in the cars impeccable safety features.
Prices for the entry level model are £50,340 and begin at £53,835 for the S Line model. Models are available from October 2015.