First Look: The Audi Q7 SUV

Over half a million people have decided the Audi Q7 was their preferred SUV. Audi, as you know, is a prestige car brand. The Q7 goes head to head with competitors like the BMW X5 and the new Volvo XC90.

Still, more of us have decided that the Audi Q7 is the clear winner. But, what is it about this car that makes it such a hit with the discerning motorist? And why is it any better than its competitors? Let’s take a look at what the new Audi Q7 has to offer:

It’s lost some weight

Audi is keen to highlight the extensive use of aluminium on its cars. The latest Q7 model is approximately 325 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. And that’s just mainly down to the fact that more aluminium and less steel got used in its construction!

The lighter Q7 no doubt makes it more agile. Especially when carrying a full load of passengers or cargo.

It’s got that trademark Audi styling

Love it or loathe it, the new Audi Q7 features the latest styling designs as its other siblings. This makes the car recognisable as an Audi model wherever it goes.

I’m quite a fan of the Audi Q7’s styling. It makes the SUV look prestigious and dominant on the road.

It doesn’t feel like you’re driving a barge

One thing you will notice once you drive the Q7 is how effortless the steering and handling is! Remember that this is an SUV, not a sports car. Don’t expect amazing things to happen when cornering at 100 mph!

But, what it does offer is smooth and precise steering. No doubt the Audi tyres and wheels offer a good match for the suspension setup. It’s also easy to turn the car at low speeds. Especially as the vehicle weighs a hefty two tonnes.

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Two variations of the 3.0-litre TDi engine

Competitors like the BMW X5 might offer a range of engine choices. But, Audi knows its customers better than anyone else. They all want a capable SUV with an engine that provides maximum fuel economy. And this is where the 3.0-litre TDi powerplant comes in.

First up is a 215 brake horsepower version. It offers 48 MPG combined with CO2 emissions of 150 g/km. The second is more powerful at 268 bhp but slightly lower fuel economy of 47 MPG combined. The CO2 emissions are a little higher at 153 g/km.

It makes sense to opt for the more powerful of the two engines. The difference in fuel economy and CO2 figures is negligible. What’ll sell you on it the most is the extra 53 brake horsepower!

The dual-clutch gearbox is a dream to use

Last, but not least, you can take advantage of the eight-speed DSG transmission. Gear changes are effortless and smooth on this automatic gearbox. And, yes, you can drive it in “manual mode” too.

These days, automatic transmissions offer more efficiency than manuals. It makes sense to take advantage of such technology. Especially as we live in such austere times and want to spend as little as possible on fuel!

Jyotsna Ramani

Jyotsna Ramani is a passionate writer and an avid globetrotter. She had a knack for writing since her early years, though that was mostly letters to her penpals and jotting her thoughts down in her "Dear Diary". Over the years, she realized how her hobby could turn into a full time career and she started writing web content, books and pieces for local magazines. There has been no looking back ever since.

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