The Audi Q7 is a large, seven-seat SUV, which goes head-to-head with adversaries such as the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. Like its rivals, the Q7 has four-wheel drive to give it some off-road ability, but in reality it’s geared to surefooted and comfortable on-road use, rather than traversing muddy fields.
It’s an extremely practical car, thanks to a generously proportioned interior and huge boot. However, the Q7 isn’t all about functionality; it’s well appointed and offers a healthy dose of luxury. In this respect the new model builds on the reputation of the previous-generation Q7, the company's first full-size 4x4, which you can read about here.
Audi offers a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, with outputs of either 215bhp or 268bhp. Both engines are smooth and hushed, and the more powerful version adds even stronger performance to the mix.
If you choose the optional air suspension, the ride is superb and clearly differentiates the Audi from its firmer, sportier rivals.
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the Q7, along with our recommendations for which of the trim levels and engines to choose.