Audi Q7 SUV
Price £47,755 - £53,835
- Spacious interior
- Plenty of safety technology
- Fussy styling
- Options are expensive
- Less powerful diesel is noisy
At a glance
"The new Audi Q7 is all about comfort, practicality, effortless performance and a beautiful interior."
The second-generation Audi Q7 is the first in a new series of large SUVs due to be launched by Audi's parent company the Volkswagen Group.
The latest Q7 weighs a whopping 325kg less than the previous model, which boosts fuel economy and performance. Despite the car's lower weight, there are still seven seats in three rows and there's also plenty of cutting-edge safety technology – all of which makes the Q7 a very appealing family car if you can afford it.
There are three engines available: a 215bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel that's capable of 49.6mpg and has CO2 emissions of 148g/km, a more powerful 268bhp version of the same engine that's capable of 47.9mpg economy and has CO2 emissions of 153g/km and, finally, a plug-in hybrid named the Q7 e-tron. It's got headline economy figures of 166.2mpg and 46g/km of CO2. This means there's a rival to the likes of the Volvo XC90 T8 and BMW X5 xDrive40e.
The new Q7 benefits from Audi's trademark expertise with interiors, including the fully digital instrument cluster first seen in the sporty Audi TT. The Q7 also has an optional four-wheel-steering system that makes the car easier to move at low speeds and more stable when you're travelling quickly.
The optional adaptive air suspension really is worth adding for the better ride quality and overall sense of refinement it brings, but annoyingly it was standard across the board in the previous-generation car. We'd advise caution when looking at the other extras, though: they're not cheap and it's easy to make the Q7 seriously expensive with only a few ticks on the options list.
The Audi Q7 is available with two versions of a diesel engine that keeps running costs relatively low for a car this size
The new Audi Q7 is lighter than the old one
The Audi Q7 benefits from the brand's trademark interior excellence and is very comfortable
The Audi Q7 has seven seats and a very flexible layout
The Audi Q7 is loaded with cutting-edge safety technology