2015 Audi Q7 | new car review

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 by
2015 Audi Q7
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AEDAED 219,000 - AED 279,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 40%
  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 75%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 85%

Review Summary:

The was the first SUV from the German marque and the big daddy of the 'Q' range, but does the 2015 model have what it takes to stand against its competition?

Pros

* Standard equipment is impressive.

Cons

* Exterior styling is dated and in need of a make over.

Looks

From the exterior, the Audi Q7 is a strikingly large vehicle. Up front, it flaunts the same tired grille that can be found on the Q3 and Q5, along with a staggering 52 LED lights! Unlike the front, the sides of the Q7 are rather bland and fuss free with not a whole lot more than flared wheel arches. On the whole, the 2015 Audi Q7 comes off as dull and is in dire need of a major makeover.

2015 Audi Q7 front

Feels

Thankfully, the interior isn’t as big of a let down. The Q7 houses an abundance of high quality materials, a sizeable patch of suede on each door panel, 7 comfortable leather wrapped seats and a decent amount of equipment. With an absolute abundance of space, neither head or leg room is an issue when inside the Q7. Standard features include cruise control, heated side mirrors, electric front seats, parking sensors and exterior mirrors with integrated LED indicators.

2015 Audi Q7 interior

Engineering

Amongst a plethora of other features, the 2015 Audi Q7 is equipped with TFSI – a system that injects  fuel directly into the combustion chamber to provide more power with the help of a turbocharger. Additionally, the quattro permanent all wheel drive platform distributes 40% of the power to the front wheels and 60% to the rear to ensure better traction during acceleration and cornering.

2015 Audi Q7 side

What’s on offer?

The basic Q7 receives a 3.0 litre V6 TFSI engine that produces 272 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. The next grade of the Q7 receives a tuned version of the same engine producing 333 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. Mated to an 8 speed Tiptronic transmission, the 272 horsepower Q7 hits the 100 km/h mark in 7.9 seconds, while the beefier 333 horsepower Q7 does it in 6.9 seconds. For those who want something still more powerful, there’s the 4.2 litre turbocharged V8 diesel variant that belts out 340 horsepower and a tree uprooting 800 Nm of torque!

2015 Audi Q7 front

Summing it…

Though the 2015 Audi Q7 looks dated when compared to the BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class, there is no doubt that in terms of pricing it has an edge over the competition. Prices for the 2015 Audi Q7 range from AED 219,000 for the basic model up to AED 279,000 for the range topping model.

2015 Audi Q7 top

Specifications

Specifications2015 Audi Q7 35 TFSI2015 Audi Q7 40 TFSI2015 Audi Q7 45 TDI
Engine/ Cylinders3.0 litre turbocharged / V63.0 litre turbocharged / V64.2 litre turbocharged / V8
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
272 hp @ 6,500 RPM333 hp @ 6,500 RPM340 hp @ 4,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
400 Nm @ 4,750 RPM440 Nm @ 5,300 RPM800 Nm @ 2,750 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h7.9 secs6.9 secs6.4 secs
Top speed222 km/h243 km/h242 km/h
PriceAED 219,000AED 250,000AED 279,000

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