Tuesday 21 November 2017

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

New large SUV: Audi Q7
New large SUV: Audi Q7
Audi Q7 interior
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

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

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.

Indo Motoring

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