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Audi Q7

The independent definitive Audi Q7 video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    The second generation Audi Q7 large luxury SUV represents a huge step forward over its predecessor. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 53

    Audi's Q7 seven-seat luxury SUV has always made a big impact. This second generation model is lighter, cleverer and smarter than its predecessor, with clean diesel technology driving impressive standards of efficiency. As a result, if you really want a car of this kind, you may well find yourself really wanting this one.

    Backgroundword count: 177

    The launch of the original Audi Q7 back in 2006 was one of those moments that remains etched in the memory. When we first clapped eyes on the thing, it was like a friend showing you a spectacularly ungainly baby. "Well, he's certainly a bonny lad. What a bruiser," you felt like saying. Let's just say the Q7 wasn't about to win many beauty contests. We ran one for a while and grew to respect its build quality, practicality and ruggedness, but weren't so keen on the 4.2-litre V8's prodigious fuel thirst. In replacing the Q7, Audi have gone somewhere few manufacturers dare to go. They've made the car quite radically smaller. More than a foot has been lopped off the length of the Q7 and it's also a bit narrower and lower to boot. That seems a bit of a strange action in a sector where sheer presence counts for a great deal, but in doing so, Audi has also subjected the Q7 to the most radical weight loss plan we've seen in a production car.

    Driving Experienceword count: 248

    Ever wondered why there was no S or RS version of the first generation Q7? Because it would have been like trying to turbocharge a continental plate. The thing was so big and lumbering that encouraging drivers to make it go faster would have been a recipe for disaster. The latest car doesn't go down that road either, but with all that weight excised from the chassis, it's a far nimbler thing. That tells in Audi's engine selection too. Most customers choose one of the efficient turbocharged 3.0-litre TDI units, these developing either 231PS in the 45 TDI or 286PS in the 50 TDI. The alternative is the flagship SQ7 model that uses a 4.0-litre V8 TDI diesel. The 3.0 TDI diesel's going to be the one getting the most play with UK buyers and it's a good 'un. Most choose the base 231PS 45 TDI variant which has 500Nm of torque, which gives this Q7 enough about it to be able to mix it with the class best. In fact, 7.3 seconds to 62mph wouldn't be bad for a mildly hot hatch. The Q7 rides on a steel springs as standard, although buyers can opt for air suspension. Another interesting option is a rear wheel steer function. At lower speeds, it counter steers the rear wheels for better manoeuvrability, while at higher speeds it steers them by up to five degrees in the same direction as the fronts to improve handling agility. All very Porsche 911 Turbo.

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    Min

    Max

    0-60 mph (s):

    4.7

    7

    Combined mpg:

    39.2

    156.9

    Extra urban mpg:

    43.5

    52.3

    Height (mm):

    1740

    Length (mm):

    5052

    Max Speed (mph):

    134

    155

    ... and 6 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

    Performance
    80%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    90%
    Space
    90%
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