With (very) fond memories of the oh-so-good 330 hp supercharged V6 version of the Q7 which we drove a few months ago, we recently turned our attention to the new turbocharged 2.0 litre version. I was afraid I would miss the exciting performance of the V6, but in fact not much is different except that you will save tens of thousands of riyals on the purchase price.

You will still be thrilled by the revolutionary four-wheel drive Quattro and all the technological assistive systems which make the Q7 a truly fabulous driving experience and a luxurious ride for all the passengers. Sceptical me was quite surprised when I was literally – and I do know what literally means – pushed right back in my seat when I put my foot down. The new lighter Q7 is better to drive than ever before.

It’s the most technologically advanced Audi ever, but still does the basics brilliantly. More sporty, being slightly narrower and shorter than the old Q7, astonishingly there’s more leg, shoulder and head room for up to seven adults and baggage.

Systems designed to improve 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. There’s a 360° camera, side assist and auto parking, to name just a few of the advanced systems which will make your driving more stress-free and much safer, too.

Over and above its classic luxury and finest workmanship, 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. And when your car does need a service or health check-up – and this applies to the owner of ANY Audi SUV, car or sports car in Qatar – you are entitled to free home collection and delivery.

More Q-Auto icing on an already delicious Audi cake!

TECH SPEC MOTORING DOHA QATARENGINE 2.0 litre with direct fuel injection, turbocharging and Audi valvelift system

TRANSMISSION Eight-speed tiptronic with Quattro® permanent all-wheel drive; Audi drive select

MAX POWER 252 hp (188 kW) from 5,500 rpmq7-dashboard-interior

MAX TORQUE 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) from 1,600 rpm

ACCELERATION 0–100 kph in 7.1 secs

MAX SPEED 233 kph

EXTERIOR Dynamic body lines formed by dramatic LED lights and trademark Singleframe grille, flanked by muscular wheel arches and massive 21-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 versatile and comes as standard with seven seats; the whole cabin is of super-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. q7-interior-m66SAFETY/SECURITY Six million quattro permanent all-wheel drive and electronic stabilisation control systems have now been produced and continue to be produced in record numbers; this unique Audi innovation – plus many others – makes this one of the safest cars ever designed.

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 / Q-Auto.

The Audi showroom is on Salwa Road, Al Waab Zone 55.

Author: Terry Sutcliffe

Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 66 Autumn 2016 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 66 Autumn 2016 only QAR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.

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