LOVE LETTER TO AUDI Q7 BY STEVE WARMAN
well, offers loads of grip and very
has 330 litres of space. When the
little body roll. It drives along
Q7 is in five-seat mode, you get
quietly at motorway speeds and
775 litres of boot space, which
above and the V6 diesel engine
expands to a frankly mammoth
offers impressive performance.
2,035 litres when the back seats
It is easy to forget that you are in
are folded down flat. So, no
a big 4 x 4 with this performance
matter what you need to carry,
you can pretty much fit anything
You won’t have to be a brain
inside your Q7, with not even
surgeon to realise that the
the Land Rover Discovery 4
Audi Q7 isn’t cheap to buy, and
matching its huge boot.
EI have been smitten by the Q7 and am negotiating a finance deal to buy one myself.”
neither is it cheap to run. Frugal
I am not going to go into much
isn’t really the right word on our
detail on its off road capabilities
test vehicle, the 3.0-litre TDI
for a couple of reasons. Firstly,
diesel which delivered slightly
other than me turning it around
below 40mpg fuel economy. You
in a wet field I didn’t do anything
could argue that that isn’t bad for
off road with it. Secondly we did
where they have said that the downside of that is that it’s undeniably
such a large car, but that doesn’t
have some floods which I didn’t
difficult to park and to maneuver down narrow city streets or into
change the fact that road tax is
drive through. The good news
driveways with tight entrances. I found this to be untrue as it has
hefty too. However this is true
is it was fine on the field and
front and rear parking sensors and huge mirrors. All windows offer
for my A6 and the Q7 has two
handled the puddle well which
great visibility and no blind spots. Or I guess I am just a really good
extra seats and must weigh the
is probably about as much mud
same as a train!
action as most of these cars will
Have no illusions though that you are never going to get a car this
love Audi’s, I drive a 3.0 Quattro and smile every time I get into it.
road ahead that reflects its exterior looks. Plus, there’s no denying
Not the most objective start to an Audi review I’ll admit,
that the seven-seat interior is massive, even though the legroom in
I like a good light cabin in a
however I am a seasoned professional and I like to think I can
the last row of seats is a little tight. That said the Q7 happily housed
car and the optional extras of a
The Audi Q7 is well built
But the entry-level 3.0-litre V6 TDI Quattro does represent good
take a car and review it on its own merits. What I didn’t expect was to
6 adults in style as we made our way to the local Indian for a business
full-length glass roof was perfect.
with a durable interior and Audi
value for money as a starting point in this upmarket class of cars,
hide the keys when a colleague wanted to take a look. Nor did I think
There are three glass panels and
prides itself on producing tough
where £40,000-plus is a drop in the water. And you do get a decent
big on a small budget. The Q7 is not a cheap car, in anybody’s book.
that I would lie blatantly to anyone wanting to drive it saying that the
When I first drove this car I hated the bouncy suspension and I
two of these open. If it becomes
and dependable cars, so the Q7
level of standard equipment for that money, too. Plus, when it comes
insurance wouldn’t cover them, obviously not the case with a press
couldn’t wait to get back into my A6. I was convinced that the Q7
too bright there is a full length
is a safe bet.
to sell on the used car market, the Q7’s resale values are strong and
car but they had the good grace to go along with my impassable lies.
must have controllable suspension but as I couldn’t see an obvious
screen that covers the glass at
I love this car!
big button or lever to pull I figured I was wrong. It was my young son
the flick of a switch.
So yes the Q7 may now be getting a bit long in the tooth now as it made its debut in 2006 however it is still a very imposing car. Inside, it offers a high driving position that gives a commanding view of the
who was fiddling with the central computer when he came across the
It’s a big car and its bulk is always obvious.
It weighs in
you should find a better deal than someone selling a rival such as the BMW X5 or Land Rover Discovery 4.
at more than two tonnes and
I have been smitten by the Q7 and am negotiating a finance deal
suspension setting and transformed this bouncy tractor into a luxury
versatility and a massive boot.
somewhat dominates any road
to buy one myself and I don’t say that after all car reviews! My Q7 will
limousine. When you get the right setting you have a car that corners
With all seats in place, the boot
it’s driving on. I have read reviews
soon be on order and I can’t wait.