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Lighter new Q7 to cost €5,000 less: Audi reveal price and details

Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30

New large SUV: Audi Q7
New large SUV: Audi Q7
Audi Q7 interior

AUDI have just revealed prices and details of their new large SUV, the Q7, which is due here from July.

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They claim the seven-seater costs nearly €5,000 less than the old one but has more than €5,000 worth of additional spec.

Prices will start from €72,975 on-the-road - that's for the 3.0TDI 218bhp quattro SE. The equivalent 'old' car (204bhp) cost €77,580. We won't see this 218bhp version until autumn. But from July there will be the more powerful 3.0TDI 272bhp (from €78,975) and a 3.0 TFSI 330bhp petrol.

Entry (SE spec) prices are usually designed to whet your appetite; there are two other trim levels for those looking for additional equipment: SE Business and S Line. SE Business (from €77,375) gets the exceptional virtual cockpit while S Line (from €79,875) also gets LED headlights.

A 325kg weight cut and improved fuel consumption (as much as 26pc to 5.7l/100km) have helped prices because tax falls in line with emissions (149g/km/153g/km, €390 road tax).

There's a nice analogy from Audi on the weight loss - they say it's the equivalent of a grand piano. And the way they're talking you'd nearly fit one into it. There are 1,955 litres of cabin space with the second and third-row seats folded. With all seven seats in use there are 770 litres of luggage room. Second row seats tilt-and-fold; the third can be electrically stowed. And there's an electric tailgate.

They say the quattro all-wheel drive (standard) now gives more grip and traction while you can choose from seven modes: auto, comfort, efficiency, dynamic, individual as well as new 'off-road' and 'off-road lift'.

With 18ins alloys 'available' on the entry-level, SE Business and S-line gets 19ins and 20ins respectively.

The infotainment system has an 8.3ins retractable display outlet; there's improved sat nav and a module that connects to the internet, letting you use apps such as Google Earth and Facebook. On-board WiFi has claimed download speeds of 100Mbps.

I expect an intense battle for buyers between the new Audi and the likes of BMW's X5, Range Rover Sport etc.

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