I've been very impressed with the Q7's practicality, interior quality and the smoothness of the V6. I've an ex-demo with pretty much every option including 20" alloys. These improve the looks and proportions but undermine the quality of the ride. Other toys including sat-nav and electric seats are well worth having.
The Q7 is easy to drive with good on-road manners and positive steering. It cruises in Drive, but really shows its teeth in Sport mode. However, if you want to average above 25mpg you have to go easy on the right foot. Overtaking is easy and the V6 feels like it is always holding in reserve for when you need it. There isn't much body roll and on-road grip levels are good. The driving position is excellent and the wing mirrors provide good vision for overtaking and parking.
In practicality terms, the Q7 scores on legroom and storage space, but as has been mentioned, the third row of seats is strictly for kids. The electric tailgate is very handy and there is plenty of storage for bottles and oddments.
Apart from the inevitable high running costs (I average 27mpg), my only criticism is the ride. Even with air suspension in comfort mode you still feel lumps and bumps. Big tyres don't help. There is also a fair amount of tyre noise - although wind noise and engine refinement levels are very good and typically Audi.
Overall, it is a very comfortable, beautifully built, spacious car which is very practical and ideal for families.
I took the Q7 3.0 TDI S Line for the weekend and nearly slept in it I liked it that much. I have a BMW 5 Series and considered the X5, but not any more! The list price of the new X5 scared the pants off me, especially afetr adding all the extras you need to get it up to Q7 specification.
The ride quality and equipment levels were fabulous. I say sell your house, park your Q7 in a nice park somehwere and live out your life in luxury. I will be ordering mine very soon. The only little complaint I have was the fuel economy and the new £400 per year tax from 2008 - apart from that, it's a huge thumbs up. Sorry Mr X5, you have missed the boat for refinement, the Q7 has it in spades!
A word of advice, opt for the Technology Pack, Comms Pack and Comfort Pack, then you will never have to leave the car!
Just had an extended testdrive (for 5 days) a Q7 3.0d SE, and have now ordered the Limited Edition spec with the diesel engine. I've added the technology pack which gives you sat nav and the parking sensors all round (which given the size of the beast are needed).
I was also looking at a Volvo XC90 Exec Diesel. Yes the Volvo is very generously spec'd, but the engine is just too underpowered for the car. And the X5 is just too footballers wifeish :)
The Audi is lovely to drive (dynamic mode on the suspension is best for road use) and the diesel engine is plenty quick enough. It's also head turning - the other half got stopped by several people at the petrol station asking him about the car and commenting on how good it looked. All in all very positive - I look forward to getting one.
Yesterday I got my Audi Q7 4.2...I was amazed by the ride quality...The car is dangerous when cruising at low speeds..It's so silent outside that walkers dont realise there's a car passing by next to them..:) Once pressing full throttle thought there is no doubt what beast is inside the hood :) The only minor thing i could find is the consumption. I used to drive a diesel Cherokee and what i can say is that now in the city i receive something like 20lt/100 km .. I am thinking to switch to LPG. The car is so easy to handle, it's like a toy, Servotronic makes life very easy. You dont feel the vehicle size with all that electronic gadgetry.. If you are not concerned about fuel bills i would recommend this car 100%, Grand Cherokees and ML Mercs cannot simply be compared , especially in the cabin..
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