For Turbodiesel V8 offers big power, but huge 560lb ft of torque is what seriously impresses. Crushingly effortless drive, with 62mph arriving in just 6.4 seconds.
Against Diesel isn’t as cheap as it once was and 4.2 V8 is less economical than its V6 relative. We’d pocket the £10k saving and choose the smaller TDI.
What Car? says
Mighty engine delivers epic, petrol V8-beating performance, but who needs it? An expensive way of moving the Q7 around quickly – regardless of how enjoyable it may be.
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Target Price team says:
If your heart is set on an Audi Q7, you have plenty of choices to make. Not least the colour – there's a palette of around eight to choose from, but if none of those tickle your fancy, Audi's paint shop will recreate any colour you choose. For a price, naturally.
Then there's your choice of engine. We'd go for the entry-level 3.0 TDI with 201bhp, but we also like the 242bhp version of the same engine – it provides plenty of power and sensible running costs. The Clean Diesel version is fine if you have a genuine environmental conscience, but if your decision to go green is a financial one, leave it be – it won't save you anything in company car tax. All the other engines are strong, but running costs start to get beyond a joke, especially if you go for a petrol.
Trim-wise, we'd stick with the standard Audi Q7. SE cars are a little posher and S line a little sportier, but the standard car comes with everything you really need.
Reader test team says:
Fantastic car! The changes on the 2011 model make a massive difference and I can only assume that nobody at What Car has actually driven this car or…
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Brilliant car. It drives like a car and feels like a car and maybe that's why tyre wear has been an issue. I had mine replaced at 10k by Audi and have…