Audi Q7 S Line review

In S Line trim Audi’s Q7 offers an excellent driving experience and a very well equipped, stylish and spacious interior

The Audi Q7 is a mainstay of the premium SUV class going up against key rivals such as the BMW X5, Mercedes GLE, and Volvo XC90. In sporty S Line trim the Q7 offers a high-level of luxury, including an array of standard equipment, a spacious interior, sizeable boot and a seven-seat layout making it both luxurious and hugely practical.

There is a choice of two diesel engines for the Q7 S Line trim variants from the base model 45 TDI Quattro variant, to the more powerful 50 TDI Quattro variant. Both are very capable engines, but it’s the more powerful 50 TDI version that is better suited to the Q7, offering better acceleration for daily driving while still achieving around 40mpg. Both variants are equipped with a slick eight-speed automatic gearbox which is both responsive and smooth.

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In S Line trim, the Q7 gains adaptive air suspension system that gives it an excellent ride quality in Comfort mode. Select the sportier Dynamic mode, and the ride stiffens to sharpen the handling without ever becoming too harsh. Due to its size and weight the Q7 S Line will never be quite as nimble as a sports car, but for a vehicle of this type it is rewarding to drive with the Quattro four-wheel drive offering impressive levels of grip in all weather conditions.

Inside the Q7 the interior boasts a wealth of space with an array of high-quality materials throughout. It also has a long list of standard equipment including electrically adjustable heated leather front sports seats that are very comfortable. The rear seats feature enough space for three adults and can be adjusted back and forth to allow more room for passengers using the third row of seats

The Q7 features Audi’s latest Virtual Cockpit digital dial cluster as standard with a 12.3-inch high-resolution instrument cluster which can be programmed by the driver to display different information, such as the navigation system. All of the onboard technology is easy to operate with easy to access controls.

The boot offers 770 litres of space with the third row of seats down. The task of putting the third row of seats into place is quick and straightforward as they're electrically operated. One useful additional feature in the Q7 is the inclusion of ISOFIX mountings in all passenger seats. The Q7 S Line also has a number of standard safety systems and received a full five-star rating when Euro NCAP tested it.

Verdict 4/5

The Audi Q7 S Line is a very impressive luxury SUV with a combination of handsome looks, excellent driving dynamics and a very well designed and practical interior making it an excellent family car. Yes, it is expensive, but when compared to its rivals it is very well specced and offers an array of ability for the asking price.

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