Bearing the designation that distinguishes the most fuel-efficient models that Audi offers, the new Audi Q7 Ultra 3.0 TDI Quattro packs a more frugal version of the 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel. In Ultra spec, it produces 218 horsepower instead of 272, and 369 pound-feet of torque instead of 443. In exchange, it returns better fuel economy – now quoted at the equivalent of 42.8 miles per gallon (compared to 41.3 for the more potent version). That's not half bad for a crossover this large, even if it is on the European efficiency test, which returns higher numbers than what we're used to in the US.
Of course, burning less fuel comes at a bit of a performance penalty: instead of 6.3 seconds, it now takes 7.1 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour from a standstill. Top speed is quoted at just over 134 miles per hour, down from 145. Of course, the E-Tron hybrid will be the most efficient model in the Q7 range, returning the equivalent of over 117 miles per gallon while reaching 62 in six seconds flat. That is, when it starts reaching dealers next spring.
The kicker here is that while the hybrid is likely to emerge as the most expensive model in the range, the Ultra is the least. Its base price in Germany comes in at 58,000 euros, compared to 61,890 for the more potent TDI. Combine that with the fuel savings, and the Q7 Ultra is looking like the frugal choice indeed.
- The Audi Q7 ultra 3.0 TDI quattro now available for order
- Combined fuel consumption is 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 km
- Base price is 58,000 euros in Germany
An exceptionally efficient diesel version of the new Audi Q7 is launching on the market, which customers can now order: the Audi Q7 ultra 3.0 TDI quattro*. This engine not only reduces fuel consumption to 5.5 liters diesel per 100 km (42.8 US mpg); it also reduces the entry-level price for the Q7 model series to 58,000 euros. Audi will be delivering cars to dealers in Europe starting in September.
The efficiency is ground-breaking: The combined fuel consumption of the 3.0 TDI with 160 kW (218 hp) is just 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (42.8 US mpg). Consequently, the new Audi Q7 also attains good results in its environmental performance – with a CO2 equivalent of 144 grams per km (231.7 g/mi). With up to 28 percent less fuel consumption than its predecessor, it achieves the best score in efficiency in the competition. The new Audi Q7 is the embodiment of Vorsprung durch Technik: It combines high fuel efficiency and impressive driving performance figures, and it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 7.1 seconds. It can continue to sprint to its top speed of 216 km/h (134.2 mph).
Audi models with "ultra" affixed to their names attain best values in fuel consumption and emissions as the result of a considerable technological input and are the most fuel-efficient automobiles in their segment. In the Q7, the "ultra" high-efficiency diesel is the third version after two other engines were successfully launched on European markets in mid-June: the 3.0 TFSI* with 245 kW (333 hp) and the 3.0 TDI* with 200 kW (272 hp).
The Audi Q7 ultra 3.0 TDI quattro with 160 kW (218 hp) and 500 Nm (368.8 lb‑ft) of torque from 1,250 to 3,000 rpm was engineered for very low fuel consumption and differs from the more powerful 3.0 TDI with 200 kW (272 hp) in some aspects. In engine management, in particular, need-based adjustments were made to the water pump, oil cooler and combustion process, for instance.