We hear about the ride not being the best. Stick with the 18-inch rims and you will have nothing to complain about.
Don't get me wrong, it's a 2.5-tonne machine so will never be as good as a prestige saloon, but it's not far off my old Audi A6 Avant.
Acceleration from the 3.0 TDI engine is more than enough for 90% of drivers and due to the size of the car feels a little quicker than it actually is.
The auto box is smooth and accurate, though it tends to need a little to get the car off from a standstill.
Fuel economy for such a big vehicle is good: I average 29mpg and that hasn't included any long motorway runs.
My only gripes - and they are small - concern storage. It's great for bottles etc, but in this ever-increasing world of DVDs and hand-held games, there is only one drawer under the driver's seat to hide things inside the car. Why not another under the passenger seat, or the rear seats, where they would be more useful?
Secondly, when you pull the rear parcel shelf sheet over, it conflicts with the seat belts for the 3rd row of seats. A slight modification to their positioning would have left the shelf clear of them.
As it is, the shelf either pops up at each side, leaving an area open for eyes to see into the boot space, or folds down looking unsightly.
Don't let this put you off the car. You will know it is the best car you have ever driven should you buy one and with great residuals compared to many vehicles, it's worth every penny.
I have owned from new a Q7. I have done 80,000 miles and been told that all the tyres will need replacement soon. The offside of both front tyres are almost worn through.
Audi tell me this is not unreasonable yet they have a manufacturer release on the Q7 tyre problem saying up to 3100 miles per tyre is to be expected.
My wife has a range rover with 33,000 miles from new all the tyres have 50% left. Surely there may be a manufacturing problem.
I had reached 6000-7000 miles when I had the car at Audi Glasgow, for wearing tyres on front outside rims. They told me there was nothing wrong with the vehicle, despite giving it a geometry test.
I replaced two front tyres and within 5000 miles both front tyres had worn again on inner, right through to the canvas. Again I returned the car to Audi, and was told by their service manager it was because the vehicle was right-hand drive and I go round roundabouts.
I was astonished, as he was serious about the roundabouts. He actually stated how much tread was lost going through a roundabout!
What chance would I have, as I live in the roundabout capital of Scotland - East Kilbride.
I have had the car 11 months and done 6000 miles. I noticed both front tyres badly worn on the outside, so I spoke to Audi and took the car in.
They told me it was nothing to do with them as it had kerb damage. Because of that, the damage was not under warranty. I have since spoken to two other Q7 drivers and both had the same problem - Audi also dissmissed them.
I think they have a manufacturing problem and would love to know if any other drivers have had the same problem.
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