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 cabin and huge boot. However, the Q7 isn’t all about functionality; it’s well appointed and offers a healthy dose of luxury.
If you choose the optional air suspension, the ride is superb and clearly differentiates the Audi from its firmer, sportier rivals.
Audi offers a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, with outputs of either 215bhp or 268bhp. Both engines are smooth and hushed, but the more powerful version is worth the extra for its more effortless performance – especially when you consider that fuel consumption and emissions are barely any worse.
Only two trims are offered – SE or S line. We reckon SE makes more sense, because it’s cheaper and still comes with lots of kit. However, its smaller wheels and softer styling make it a more conservative-looking choice.
Range-topping S line trim brings sportier styling. It has bigger wheels and more aggressive-looking bumpers, but the equipment upgrades over the SE are fairly small considering the hike in price.
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the Q7, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines.