2009 Audi Q7 | new car review

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 by

Should you ever come face-to-face with an Q7 coming towards you down a narrow side street, you will know exactly what I mean when I say that this thing is large.

Even if you are driving a fair-sized car yourself, the tall, wide and imposing front end of the behemoth Audi will have you giving way, and holding your breath. But it isn’t simply a large car on jacked-up suspension; the Q7 can take to the rough stuff with the best of them.

High above the large 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch wheels can be optioned) you can see the wide, bulbous wheel arches have plenty of space between them and the tyres, enabling the Q7 to soak-up the biggest of bumps.

Driving the wheels is Audi’s excellent Quattro all-wheel-drive system, made famous by their 1980’s rally cars, and ever since, Audi have been developing the system and it just keeps getting better and better. Coupled with both a 3.6-litre, V6 petrol engine making 280bhp and 360Nm of torque, and a 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine making 350bhp and 440Nm of torque; there is ample propulsion and torque available from under that massive bonnet.

2009 Audi Q7

The six-speed Tiptronic automatic gearboxes, with manual gear-change options are also designed with some fairly juicy off-road action in mind, but if you are thinking of hitting the desert every weekend, then perhaps the V8 is the one to go for, as you’ll be needing, and enjoying its quite awesome pulling power more often.

For those that are happy just to enjoy the space and traffic-parting road presence of the Q7 mostly as a family transport, then the more frugal V6 will probably be the more suitable option, as it will cruise nicely and haul everyone and everything you need, whilst also returning rather better gas mileage than the V8.

Whilst on the exterior the Q7 is obviously sporting some very seriously imposing bodywork, with large bumpers, a gaping ‘mouth’ of a front grille and focused, staring ‘eyes’ for headlamps, inside its much more of a friendly, relaxing affair.

2009 Audi Q7

The first and second rows of seats offer ample space to spread out, with only the traditionally more cramped third row packing the passengers in a bit more. But, everyone gets all that great leather, ergonomic seats and all of the electric creature comforts you’d be right to expect form a true premium SUV.

Standard model features include seven passenger seats, which can be turned into a six-seater option by changing the second row bench-seat into two individual eats. You will also find self-leveling bi-Xenon headlamps; great for attacking the desert at dusk, an MMI computer with colour screen, in-dash six-CD changer and a Bose premium sound system that is one of the very best in any car.

2009 Audi Q7

Upgrade options include a three-panel panorama sunroof, an advanced parking system with rear-facing camera, keyless lock and ignition system, and parking sensors; all important when parking this immense SUV.

The Q7 is most certainly different from the many Cayennes and Touaregs that currently roam our city streets, and just one glance will tell that it is most certainly a whole lot bigger, too – just hope that you don’t meet one on that dark side street.


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Price Range (AED) 205,000 onwards

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