2008 Audi Q7 | new car review

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 by

What do you get when you combine the vibrant luxury of a celebrated model with the exceptional off-road abilities of a full-fledged all-terrain transport? You get the , that’s what.

It’s imbued with a purposeful character, although one that is based on a common platform shared with the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. Externally, the Q7 comes across as the King Kong edition of the A6 Avant, but inside it is pure luxury limo. The cabin design mixes A6 and A8 elements with ’s usual fine materials and faultless craftsmanship.

This is a big SUV offering three-row seating which is a good thing considering that most users look for interior functionality in a SUV; going off the beaten path comes lower down in the list. But if you do have the urge to travel off the beaten path, Audi’s quattro system ensures that the Q7 tackles this with gusto.

Two FSI engines are offered: a 280hp 3.6-litre and 550hp 4.2-litre. Both versions come with six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmissions and quattro all-wheel drive.

A number of manufacturers have adopted massive sunroofs in recent years. Audi goes one better with the Q7. There’s the panorama sunroof for the first and second rows with an optional third-row sunroof that can tilt for improved ventilation. Needless to say, all creature comforts are available inside with lots of intuitive technologies at play.

The Q7 is a good alternative to its German siblings. It comes with a massive dose of Vorsprung Durch Technik and is ideal for those looking a large SUV to cater for big families or simply for those who do not want to be seen in the hordes of Cayennes and Touaregs that seem to dot the Middle East.

Technical Specifications
Engine     3.6-litre V6     4.2-litre V8
Power     280bhp     350bhp
Torque     360Nm     440Nm
Transmission     Automatic     Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 199000 – upto 258000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

BMW X5
Porsche Cayenne
Range Rover
Lexus LX 570
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Cadillac Escalade
Infiniti QX56
Lincoln Navigator

 

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