Weighing an astonishing 325kg less than its predecessor, the new Q7 is better to drive than ever before. It’s the most technologically-advanced Audi ever, but still does the basics brilliantly. Looking more sporty, being slightly narrower and shorter than the old Q7, there’s surprisingly more leg, shoulder and head room for up to seven adults, with their associated baggage.
The systems designed to improve your driving pleasure are many. You can scroll through the Audi drive select modes for a more comfortable or more sporty feel, or you can also set your own individual parameters for steering, throttle and suspension in ‘Individual’ mode. The new Q7 is certainly more agile than its predecessor and will no doubt confuse people who insist on separate labels like ‘coupé’, ‘people carrier’ or ‘SUV’.
The 330 hp supercharged V6, the revolutionary four-wheel drive Quattro and all the technological assistive systems make this Q7 a truly fabulous driving experience and a luxurious ride for the passengers – however many you may want to carry. As Audi says, you have four wheels, why use only two?
We are now digitally connected everywhere and all of the time, and Audi is ahead of the curve keeping you in touch with your world. Access your contacts and music collection on your phone directly via Bluetooth and listen on the world’s best sound systems; other functions allow the vehicle to become part of your global network, increasing comfort, reducing stress and taking automobile fun to new heights.
The Q7 has exceptional driveability and tenacious grip plus a remarkable array of advanced and intelligent systems covering vehicle safety, driver excitement and passenger satisfaction. You must definitely visit Q-Auto on Salwa Road for a test drive and take time to explore all that is available. You will learn that things can grow without getting bigger, which is what makes the new Q7 TFSI the greatest Quattro.
ENGINE 3.0 litre V6, TFSI direct fuel injection, mehanically supercharged
TRANSMISSION Eight-speed tiptronic with Quattro® permanent all-wheel drive; Audi drive select
MAX POWER 330 hp (245 kW) from 5,500 rpm
MAX TORQUE 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) from 2,900 rpm
MAX SPEED 250 kph
ACCELERATION 0–100 kph in 6.1 secs
EXTERIOR Huge three-dimensional grille, flanked by LED lights and 20-inch wheels, it is athletic, timeless, unique; the sporty, more compact shape with stronger horizontal lines is powerful and striking, exuding stability, confidence and all-round performance
INTERIOR Incredibly there is indeed more space inside this more compact silhouette; it’s also highly variable, coming as standard with seven seats; the whole cabin is of premium quality and the workmanship is visibly excellent; a great driving position with fully digital instrument cluster, high-resolution 12.3 inch display showing all the information a driver needs clearly in sight, razor-sharp, brilliant and rich in contrast; additional 8.3 inch display with comprehensive multimedia options
SAFETY/SECURITY Unique Audi quattro permanent all-wheel drive and electronic stabilisation control systems make this one of the safest cars ever designed; many other state-of-the-art accident-preventing technologies plus other aids such as auto hold and parking system assist that will surely make your motoring life more enjoyable
Q-Auto on Salwa Road will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the latest Audi Q7 or any of its sporty cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 800 2834 or visit Audi Qatar website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 64 Winter 2015/16 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 64 Winter 2015/16 only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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