What's the used Audi Q7 like?
When the original seven-seat Audi Q7 was introduced in 2006, we praised it for its solid build quality and desirability - after all, who wouldn’t want a premium badge on their large SUV? However, its driving experience left us feeling a bit short-changed, as did its rather firm ride and shortage of room in the third row of seats.
But this second-generation Q7 built on all the good points of its predecessor, addressed its issues and was better to drive, more comfortable and noticeably more spacious. It came as standard with four-wheel drive, so there’s plenty of traction, and the interior features an excellent driving position and a briliant infotainment system - as well as a healthy dose of luxury. It’s really an impressively refined place to be and is supremely well made.
The Q7 offers several engine options. There are two versions of the 3.0-litre TDI diesel, the 218 and the 272, and both offer plenty of oomph. There’s also a plug-in hybrid e-tron version, which, despite its eco-focus and additional weight of the batteries, feels even quicker when the batteries are charged, thanks to the instant torque the electric motors provide. All of these models feel slow in comparison to the mighty SQ7, however, with its 4.0-litre V8 diesel engine - although we’d argue that it is a bit excessive for family duties.
There are two trim levels, SE and S line. Both are handsomely equipped and, of the two, we’d probably take the former and save the money. The e-tron and SQ7 come in their own bespoke trim levels.