2008 Audi Q7 4.2 Premium Review

Posted on 21. Jul, 2008 by in Auto News

Full disclosure: I like Audis. I own two of them: an A4 Avant and A4 Cabriolet. So when Audi offered me the chance to check a Q7 in Ingolstadt the answer is "how late you may be party to an SUV and ask anyway not to show why you need to bother in the first place," I said to match. After all, it's an Audi. What's not to like?

The Q7 is huge. It shares familial DNA with the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. The fundamental difference is that Audi platform has been stretched to add an Audi-exclusive third-row seats. Dimensional, it is. Within two inches of a Chevrolet Tahoe in each direction The Q7 hood is as tall as a TT roof. Form follows gigantism.

The Q7 by Audi front-end is familiar by now, still dominates voracious trapezoidal grill. The flanking headlights are pulled tighter than Joan Rivers eyelids. Smaller grills below the headlights help visually balance out the animal, but remain a U.S. license plate on the muzzle and the whole thing falls apart, on the back, wrapped power-operated tailgate round curvy ass, the Q7, a pair of "eagle head" taillights.

The Q7 cabin offers all the usual Audi haptic sky / port. Audi garlands to the "4.2 Premium" version with plenty of luxurious finishes and standard toys you get to Infiniti and beyond! Our loaded tester included panoramic sunroof, voice control, parking aid. Like all but the cheapest Audi, controls a multi-media interface (MMI), the Q7 toys, sound and air conditioning. While the MMI is A-OK for techno-literate, it is the simplest of the joystick control, master it "complications". Directed at a specific AC vent, for example, requires push, rotate, push, push. And then repeat, if you want the same on the other side.

The Q7 driver and passenger ride in comfort. The rest, not so much. Well, anyway. In order to create a flat load floor, the SUV in the second row are set so low that summer thigh detention is a non-issue. The Centre shall also sit back: a one-way ticket back pain town (it about three inches above the ideal articulated). A bar right on separating the front and rear sunroofs, each knocking-on six feet tall risks spinal compression.

Take care all. Older than ten for the third row of the line does not have a personal injury lawyer on speed dial To their credit, Audi makes its best to avoid legal problems, good luck threading through the second line for way back access. Once there, the stools are as low as the second series and there's five inches between the front edge of the seat and the back of the middle row (middle row occupants can slide forward, deliver a few extra inches, when they 're generously ). Nevertheless fourteen Cupholders.

Under the hood, Audi cans sweet-spinning 4.2-liter V8 from 350 hp and 325 lbs. ft. of torque. That's enough momentum to drive the two-and-a-half tons of Colossus from the rest the nearest gas station 60mph in 7.1 seconds. With the optional tow package, it will draw £ 6600th The downside: EPA 12 mpg in the city, 17 highway. It does not take long to suck dry the 26-gallon tank. Regularly refilling the Q7 with the recommended premium fuel requires a corundum credit card.

I have not the Q7 into the wilderness, despite the $ 2.6k adaptive air suspension the "offroad" setting. Climbing in $ 2k summer performance tires sitting on 20 "chrome rims seemed particularly simple way to break / scratch something very expensive. Q7 was at home navigating the switchbacks on narrow two-lane roads in the Georgia mountains. It was fast, stable and Despite the shoes, comfortable. Just be careful, the choice of suspension settings. choose anything but "dynamic" makes the steering feel twitchy and over-sensitive.

Effortless motorway cruising is the need of the hour. With George Benson guitar stylings slipping from the 14-speaker Bose surround sound system and cruise control on a theoretical extralegal speed. Q7 jumps over long distances of asphalt in a single tank Bound. I mean bound.

Audi has done us a $ 67k SUV, what can you do SUVs. What is something of a problem. If you have a vehicle that will carry seven people when towing three tons, need and you can do without the technotoys, you could buy a used Chevrolet Suburban. And then saved the money to buy one drive A6-a damn fine automobile, the rest of the time. But hey, that's me. If you like the idea of an Audi-on-stilts, like and can afford the freight, well, here it is.

Audi delivered the car, insurance and a tank of gas for this review.