Car reviews - Audi - Q7 - 3.0 TDI
Audi's first dedicated SUV is huge but high-tech. We test the beefy 500Nm Q7 TDI
23 Feb 2007
By CHRIS HARRIS
AUDI finally commits itself to the SUV market with its massive new Q7. Those who have been looking at the A6-based Allroad for years will finally understand why the German company has been such a latecomer to a segment where practically everybody else is extraordinarily busy. The Q7 is, in some ways, a new interpretation of luxury SUVs where sheer bulk is disguised by sleek, relatively low-slung lines in a way no others have yet managed. With the size comes an expansive interior with van-like dimensions and the possibility of optioning-up to a third-row seat. Three engines are available and none are slouches: a 171kW 3.6-litre direct-injection V6, a 500Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 and a 250kW petrol V8. Being an Audi means there’s no slacking on technology, with air suspension standard on the V8 and optional on the V6s, full-time 4WD and a host of electronic safety items including a standard rear-view camera. But watch the options box carefully.
Model release date: 1 October 2006 to 1 August 2015
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