4x4 buyers can now place their order for Audi’s seven-seat off-roader, the Q7.
Prices for the Land Rover Discovery rival start at £37,285 for the entry-level 3.0 TDI rising to £48,580 for the range-topping 4.2-litre V8 petrol.
There’s a choice of three trim levels – Standard, SE and S line – with an automatic gearbox, Audi’s Multi-Media Interface (MMI) control system, air suspension and climate control standard on all.
The Audi is built on the same platform as Volkswagen’ Touareg and Porsche’s Cayenne, but is longer and wider than both and offers two extra seats. The two launch engines are versions of those also found in the VW – the 229bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel and 345bhp V8 petrol. Further engine options will be available in due course, along with a hybrid petrol/electric version.
Although the V8 has the higher power output, the V6 diesel outpunches it for pulling power – 369lb ft vs 324lb ft. The V6 will also go further on each tankful of fuel, averaging 26.9 mpg against the V8’s 20.8.
Audi’s Multi-Media Interface controls most of the Q7’s major functions and customers will be able to specify Audi side-assist, which uses radar technology to detect vehicles at the side of the car when changing lanes, and a parking-assist system that combines a rear-view camera and audible warnings.
The Q7’s starting price compares favourably against rivals such as ’ and BMW X5, especially when the Audi’s seating capacity is taken into account. Volvo’ XC90 is cheaper than the Audi, but it is also significantly less powerful.
BMW will respond to Audi’s Q7 by offering a seven-seat option on its new X5 next year.
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