2010 Q7 New Car Test Drive
The Audi Q7 is a large, luxurious SUV long on refinement, comfort and active safety features. The 2010 Audi Q7 benefits from some freshening inside and out, including new trim features and equipment upgrades.
Based on the same platform as the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg, the Q7 is a paragon of driving elegance and interior refinement. The Q7 rides on a longer wheelbase, however, and it has a more compliant ride than the Volkswagen and Porsche. The Q7 is also longer overall than the other two, and it is the only one to offer three-row seating.
To make its cabin more luxurious and inviting, Audi has equipped the Q7 with features not found on the Touareg or Cayenne. And when the weather turns sour, the Q7 benefits from Audi's decades of experience with quattro all-wheel drive. The Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen each use their own drivetrains.
The Audi Q7 is priced to compete with the Cadillac SRX, Lexus GX 470, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
With all-wheel drive, a choice of three powerful engines and the classiest interior in the segment, the Q7 deserves serious consideration when shopping for a luxury SUV. High-technology features such as its blind-spot warning system add to safety and convenience in the Q7.
The Q7 is available with a 3.6-liter V6, a 4.2-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter TDI diesel turbocharged dohc V6.
The 3.6 V6 for 2010 now qualifies as a 50-state ULEV Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle. The 3.6-liter V6 delivers 280 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The 4.2-liter V8 produces 350 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
The 3.0 diesel makes 325 horsepower at 3750 rpm and a very robust 406 pound-feet of torque at 1750 rpm. Not only does it deliver generous torque, it also has remarkable fuel economy. It is EPA-rated at 17 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway, which is 30 percent better fuel economy than a comparable V6 gasoline engine. The diesel model is known as the Q7 TDI and is said to be the world's cleanest diesel sport utility vehicle. It meets emissions regulations in all 50 states, and offers 600 miles of driving range on a single tank. The TDI diesel qualifies as a 50-state ULEV Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle.
The Audi Q7 3.6 Premium ($46,900) comes with leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, 12-way power adjustable front seats, heated front seats, 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seats, 50/50-split folding third-row seat, wood interior trim, MMI, 180-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with eight speakers and six-disc CD changer, Sirius satellite radio, rearview camera, trip computer, compass and outside temperature indicator, universal garage door opener, front and rear park assist, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, power windows and locks, heated power exterior mirrors with tilt-down back-up aid, remote keyless entry, alarm/engine immobilizer system, cooled glovebox, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers with heated nozzles, cargo cover, automatic headlights, front and rear fog lights, roof rails, and P255/55R18 tires on alloy wheels. Options include a panorama sunroof ($1,850), rear side airbags ($350), and 6,600-pound towing package ($550).
The Q7 3.6 Premium Plus ($50,150) upgrades to Navigation, LCD color displays, real time traffic reporting, rearview camera, ultrasonic park assist, Bose 14-speaker audio, memory seats, panoramic sunroof, power rear sunshade, deluxe mirrors, and other features. Prestige features body-colored bumpers, 20-inch wheels with 275/45R20 all-season tires, automatic headlights, keyless ignition, leather-wrapped steering wheel with multi-function buttons. S-Line ($55,850) features S-line body-colored bumpers, 20-inch wheels with high-performance 275/45R20 tires, automatic headlights, shifter paddles, aluminum interior trim.
The Q7 3.0 TDI Premium ($50,900), Premium Plus ($56,900), Premium Plus S-Line ($58,900), Prestige ($60,900), and Prestige S-Line ($62,900) are equipped similarly.
The Q7 4.2 quattro Prestige ($61,000) and Prestige S-Line ($62,200) include the above features plus four-zone automatic climate control, navigation system with voice recognition, memory for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors, keyless access and starting, remote engine starting, Bose sound system, power rear liftgate, steering-linked adaptive bi-xenon headlights, P275/45R20 tires, and a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
Safety features on all Q7 models include front seat belts with pretensioners and load-limiters, dual front air bags, front side seat-mounted torso air bags, and side-curtain air bags that span all three rows of seats. Active safety features include anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist, Hill Descent Control, traction control, electronic stability program with rollover sensing, and quattro all-wheel drive. A tire-pressure monitor is standard. Rear-seat side torso air bags are optional, as is the Audi Side Assist blind spot warning system.