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Audi Q7

The independent definitive Audi Q7 video review
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    SEVENTH HEAVEN? (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Audi claims to have rejuvenated its large 7-seat luxury SUV, the Q7. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 60

    Just as the dinosaurs evolved to suit a changing planet, so have large luxury SUVs - Audi's enormous Q7 more than most. Here's a vastly improved version of the second generation model, complete with the brand's latest mild hybrid engine tech. It's a large luxury 7-seat SUV that now works smarter rather than harder and is right back into contention.

    Backgroundword count: 153

    Ever since the original version of this Q7 was first launched in 2007, it's been a vehicle that middle-England families have always rather liked but, if truth were told, felt a bit awkward about owning, the MK1 Q7's sheer size, power and weight hardly in keeping with these eco-conscious times. The MK2 model, launched in 2015, improved things, thanks to a lighter platform shared with premium brands like Bentley and Porsche. But this car was still a huge thing. Now though, with Mild Hybrid engines and the option of Plug-in power, it claims to have a better eco-footprint, enabling you to consider one with a clearer conscience. Which is nice because for many - ourselves included - there remains something tantalisingly tempting about this big Audi. The way it dominates the road as it'll dominate your driveway. You'll want to justify buying one - but will you be able to? Let's find out.

    Driving Experienceword count: 225

    Audi is offering its latest 48-volt mild hybrid engine technology with the revised version of this second generation Q7. There are various diesel options; most buyers will choose the '50 TDI' 286PS diesel powerplant. It's one of Audi's best, creamy smooth, superbly refined and generally torquey, equipped with 600Nm of pulling power. There's also the fearsome 434PS 4.0-litre biturbo TDI unit that's fitted to the top SQ7. Alternatively, if you want to fuel from the green pump, there's a 340PS 3.0-litre petrol engine, badged '55 TFSI'. You can also ask your dealer about a Plug-in hybrid model too. Audi's worked on the drive dynamics and reckons this improved car is more manoeuvrable, precise and agile in urban traffic and on hairpin bends, particularly in top 'Vorsprung' specification which includes all-wheel-steering as standard. That allows the car to turn into corners quicker and be more manoeuvrable at parking speeds. Adaptive air suspension is now standard across the range. This provides variable ground clearance and better prepares the Audi Q7 with its standard quattro drive for terrain off the beaten track. The relevant offroad mode can be selected via the standard 'Audi drive select' dynamic handling system with its seven profiles. 'Black Edition' and 'Vorsprung' versions are equipped with the slightly tauter adaptive air suspension sport with a lower ride height than the standard air suspension system.

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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
    70%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    80%
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