Audi Q7 SUV
Price £50,340 - £53,835
- Spacious interior
- Plenty of safety technology
- Fussy styling
- Options are expensive
- Lower powered 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. We've had the chance to drive a pre-production model that gives us a very good idea of what the car on sale will be like to drive and own. Although we'll need to drive the car in its final specification - as customers will buy - to deliver our definitive verdict.
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's only one engine available at launch: a 268bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel that's capable of 47.9mpg economy and has CO2 emissions of 153g/km for an annual road tax bill of £180. Wait a bit longer for your Q7 and a new, lower powered 215bhp version of the same engine will arrive. It may be best to avoid it, though, as the bonus few extra mpg you'll receive doesn't make up for the significant power loss.
The new Q7 benefits from Audi's trademark expertise with interiors, including the fully digital instrument cluster that was 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.
Optional adaptive air suspension really is worth buying for the ride quality and overall sense of refinement it gives, but it's an annoying movement with the times, as it used to be standard equipment across the board in the previous generation. We'd generally advise caution when looking at other extras too – 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 comes with a diesel engine that keeps running costs relatively low for a car of this size
The new Audi Q7 is lighter than the old one
The Audi Q7 has trademark Audi interior excellence and is hugely comfortable
The Audi Q7 has seven seats and a very flexible layout
Audi Q7 is loaded with cutting-edge safety technology