In existence since 2006, the Audi Q7 has been the marque’s foray into the large SUV segment. Having generous exterior dimensions, a premium interior and a rich array of standard options, it still remains a relevant choice if you’re looking for a full size vehicle.
A very imposing vehicle, the Q7 impresses through its massive exterior dimensions, which in turn, translate to more than enough interior room. The rear visibility is good, as the rear window and quarter panels, augmented by the side mirrors, provide an excellent view when it comes to navigating through traffic or parking. A minor inconvenience come from the size of it, however, as not many will have the patience of searching for a parking spot large enough to fit it; moreover, although it comes with parking sensors as standard, it does take a bit of time to adjust to its generous dimensions and parking may be a little tricky.
The boot space is very large, measuring 330 litres with all seven seats in place. If you fold them down, the space increases to 775 litres and in case you need more, folding the middle row provides you with an impressive 2,035 litres, which will likely be enough to fit almost anything. The door bins are large and the storage space is augmented by the big glove box and the hidden space under the armrest. While the middle seats provide sufficient room for three adults, the third row of seats will most likely be fit for children, as knee and headroom is limited, also owing to the slanted roofline.
Although many owners will not take their car outside of the normal driving surface, a slew of options, coupled to the capable Quattro system and the wide track wheels will make sure that you will be able to overcome any obstacles that stay in your way. With a ground clearance of 234mm, you can ford through snow and dirt without a hitch. We would recommend the 4.2 litre V8 TDI SE, as far as the power plant is concerned, as it represents a capable engine that will haul the weight of the vehicle without being noisy or unrefined. With 340 horsepower and 560 lf ft of torque at your disposal, the Q7 will feel more nimble than its exterior dimensions seem to indicate and will likely put a smile on your face.
Yet, in spite of Audi’s efforts to upgrade and facelift the model, its design feels a bit dated, as the Q5 and the smaller Q3 already have a much fresher take on the exterior aspect. The interior faces the same problem, as the centre console, small, low resolution display and the fact that sat-nav doesn’t come as standard may put off certain customers. However, if you want to make it look younger, select the all white exterior, as it will give it a new lease of life, but prepare to clean it on a regular basis, as white is susceptible to getting dirty very fast.