The Audi Q7 is classified as a full-size luxury crossover SUV and was first seen by the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2005. Manufacturing of this vehicle commenced in fall of 2005 in Bratislava, Slovakia and it was the very first SUV ever to be offered by Audi. The Q7 officially went on sale in 2006 and since then there has been yet another sport utility vehicle made and sold by Audi, which is called the Q3 and went on sale in 2011. This SUV used the same platform as the Volkswagen Touareg as well as the Porsche Cayenne.
One of the first things that consumers noticed about the Audi Q7 is its incredible style and aesthetics, which are two things that this carmaker is most definitely known for. The Q7 is extremely spacious, offering a large interior and three different engines which vary greatly in terms of fuel economy and power. There is a supercharged V6 engine which is available in both 280 hp and 333 hp versions. The turbodiesel V6 engine is capable of 240 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque, offering a fuel economy of 28 mpg on the freeway. There is a standard 8-speed automatic transition on all of these models along with all-wheel drive.
When it comes to safety, the Audi Q7 has numerous airbags and various electronic equipment to help keep driver and passengers safe, though it only managed to score four out of five possible stars in the Euro NCAP crash test for adult occupant protection, which is definitely something that some consumers will find off-putting, while others will be willing to take the risk. Audi has claimed at this score was due to a design error that has since been corrected in the cars it has manufactured following the test.
In the United States though, the Q7 earned a score of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA for front and side impacts. This vehicle was initially released in North America in 2007, but only the Q7 4.2 quattro was available at first. The Q7 hybrid, which was launched in 2005, is a concept vehicle that used the same engine as the 4.2 FSI along with an electric motor which offered a total of 150 pound-feet of torque and used a nickel-metal battery. This vehicle has an acceleration rate of 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds and weighs a total of 2,410 kg or 310 lb, which is significantly heavier than its petrol counterpart.
The Q7 TDI, which was manufactured from 2008 to 2012, had an engine that was based on diesel technology used in the Audi R10 TDI car cars, though these engines are not related in any way. There are a number of differences between the engines in the Q7 and R10 TDI, including the stroke, bore, and angle of the blocks.
There were a number of changes made to the Audi Q7 in 2009, which is when it underwent its major facelift. Some of the exterior changes that were made to this vehicle include new LED lighting with optional LED turn signals and daytime running lights, chrome accents, new wheel designs, and a significantly updated body styling for both the front and rear. The Q7 2012 model includes some very interesting features as well, such as internet-driven POI search along with a voice control system and access to a wide range of internet services, including weather, gas prices, and many other things. While the Q7 may not be the perfect SUV, it is definitely a brave departure from the rest of Audi’s vehicles and an admirable one at that.