Sunday 18 March 2018

Audi Launches its new Q7

ELEGANT AND MODERN: the Audi Q7 has been revamped and is now significantly lighter than the old model
ELEGANT AND MODERN: the Audi Q7 has been revamped and is now significantly lighter than the old model
Geraldine Herbert

Geraldine Herbert

It's been nearly a decade since the first Q7; the car that spawned the Audi SUV "Q" range of models, and Audi has used the time wisely, working extensively on everything from cabin comfort to weight reduction in the second-generation model. Underneath the Q7 there is also a brand-new platform that will underpin many VW Group new arrivals, including the next Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga.

The Q7 is now more estate- like in styling, but it is elegant and modern. Significantly, it is also lighter; up to 325kg has been shed from the kerb weight compared to the previous generation.

Inside, the spacious interior (seven full-sized seats as standard) is constructed with the same thoughtful attention to detail that we have come to expect of Audi. Reminiscent of the TT's interior, it shares the same digital instrument cluster and simplicity of design. It is also crammed with cutting-edge technology and the latest version of Audi's MMI system. There is also a raft of parking aids including one that will stop the car automatically if you reverse out on to oncoming traffic.

On the road it is beautifully refined, and the suspension delivers a fine balance of ride and handling, absorbing rough surfaces with ease. Standard across the Q7 range is Audi's reassuring quattro all-wheel drive technology that delivers more grip and increased traction.

The Q7 now comes with three equipment lines: SE, SE Business and S Line. Prices start at €72,975 and SE Business comes with the virtual cockpit. Extra S Line equipment includes LED headlights, with pricing starting at €79,875.

Audi's Q7 is much improved on the previous version and is more spacious, lighter and significantly more fuel efficient. But equally impressive is the new Volvo XC90 and both are vying for affluent buyers as the suburban school-run SUV of choice. We will have a full road test of the Audi Q7 in the next few weeks, so watch this space.

Sunday Independent

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