2015 Audi Q7 | new car review
* Standard equipment is impressive.
* Exterior styling is dated and in need of a make over.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
|Specifications||2015 Audi Q7 35 TFSI||2015 Audi Q7 40 TFSI||2015 Audi Q7 45 TDI|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.0 litre turbocharged / V6||3.0 litre turbocharged / V6||4.2 litre turbocharged / V8|
|Max Power |
|272 hp @ 6,500 RPM||333 hp @ 6,500 RPM||340 hp @ 4,000 RPM|
|400 Nm @ 4,750 RPM||440 Nm @ 5,300 RPM||800 Nm @ 2,750 RPM|
|Tranmission||8 speed automatic||8 speed automatic||8 speed automatic|
|Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.9 secs||6.9 secs||6.4 secs|
|Top speed||222 km/h||243 km/h||242 km/h|
|Price||AED 219,000||AED 250,000||AED 279,000|