Audi's all-new Q7 helps the brand's SUV line-up take another huge step forward and marks a new direction for the German automaker. Fresh styling and a revised platform are two of the many highlights to look forward to.
Those familiar with the outgoing Q7 will instantly spot the styling changes made for its replacement. The single frame grille is one notable difference, found between slimmer LED headlamps which sit above large air intakes cut into the front bumper. The folds over the wheel arches and along the shoulder line are now more defined, while at the rear there are more straight lines for the angular tail-lights and dual exhaust pipes. Five-spoke-star design 20-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard, as are aluminium roof rails and daytime running lights.
In the seven-seat cabin the dashboard has been completely reworked for a narrower arrangement, with a large display now the focal point. A large flat centre console positions infotainment functions and the gear lever where your hand naturally falls, while the instrument cluster is now all-digital too.
The generous equipment list boasts a great variety of Audi's most significant technology included to connect you with the outside world and keep you entertained. The Audi Music Interface pairs with a DAB digital radio, with audio fed into the cockpit through a crystal-clear ten-speaker system. MMI Navigation Plus helps you avoid disruption when reaching any destination, and with MMI Touch you can control the feature safely. Keeping your hands on the wheel at all times is a sophisticated voice-control system.
All of the above in-vehicle features complement rather than distract from the capable and confident performance delivered by the all-new Q7's engines. There will be two to choose from, both 3.0-litre TDIs with either 268bhp or 215bhp. Both pair up with an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox too, and include start/stop with energy recovery to improve fuel economy by up to 23 percent. Also contributing to better economy is the vehicle's new MLB 2 platform, which makes the SUV up to 325kg lighter. The higher-powered model will return an excellent 47.8mpg and emit 153g/km of CO2 yet at the same time hit 0-60mph in around 6.3 seconds.
Just like the outgoing Q7 the all-new version can be trusted to perform safely. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) works in harmony with Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) and pre-sense city to prevent an accident from occurring, with plenty more to protect should one occur. ISOFIX child seat tethers have been added to all six passenger seats, with the airbag system comprising driver, front passenger, front side and curtain bags.
You can test drive Audi's finest Q7 to date with John Clark Audi in Aberdeen or Dundee, and book your time on the road with either site directly today. Enquire online or by phone for details.