I wasn't home when the media fleet guys dropped off the svelte silver bullet they call the Audi Q7... but my roommate was. Like any car-crazy boy, he just couldn't help himself. He grabbed the key fob and tore out to the driveway -- it was playtime. "This thing is STUPID with features," his voice screamed into my earpiece when he called to tell me that the Audi had arrived. "I lifted the rear hatch and saw a button -- when I pushed it, the ass dropped three inches. I thought low-riders were supposed to have switches in the cockpit." There are switches in the cockpit, by the way, but we'll get to that later when we discuss the Q7's Adaptive Air Suspension. The ass-dropper in question is the technology's cargo mode, which makes it easier to load and unload the cargo space of the vehicle. Thankfully, my roomie heeded my warning that the Audi loan agreement specifically states that only the operator (yours truly) and the operator's spouse can drive the vehicle, and he refrained from going on a joyride. He did suggest we get married, however, but then I would have to share. Welcome to the key audience for the Audi Q7 -- boys (and girls) who love their toys. There are seven -- yes, seven -- owner's manual books for the vehicle's various systems stuffed into the glovebox. (continued) Exterior Like the Mercedes R-class, the Q7 credits coupe styling for its design inspiration, sporting a sweeping roofline and aggressive angles that betray the vehicle's speed and agility. The design is a far cry in the right direction from the bulky, beastly outfits of most SUVs on the market, though the Q7's massive and imposing grille and muscular stance leave enough of the Beast in Prince Charming's demeanor for the vehicle to still claim its SUV designation. The proportions of the Q7 elegantly blend function with style. The wheels are placed as close to the corners of the vehicle as possible, giving the SUV a low-slung look that also improves driving dynamics. The length of the vehicle gives the Audi a streamlined appearance while accommodating seven passengers and providing class-leading cargo space. Finally, a subtle rear spoiler provides both character to the rear end of the vehicle and hosts a third tail light. Completing the package on our tester were 20-inch cast alloy five double-spoke wheels, which could officially be dubbed, well, "dubs" since their 20 inch diameter meets the definition exactly. While the upgrade from the standard 18-inchers may have altered handling slightly, the suspension and brakes are more than up to the challenge. The result is a more attractive and substantial look, particularly when said wheels are wrapped in 275/45 performance tires, as was the case with our Q7. The absence of run-flats is puzzling, but hopefully the tire pressure monitoring system and inflatable spare will alleviate any problems on that front. Interior The interior is the epitome of German thoughtfulness in usability, quality and …
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