We love SUVs, don’t we? A commanding driving position and lots of space with a go-anywhere attitude, is what most crave for. That’s what SUVs are all about. We have driven the new Audi Q7 in Dubai. It is a mammoth in terms of power and space, and is a much loved car in the Middle East. As per Audi Middle East sales figures, the Q7 is one of the most successful models in their line-up. It is much better compared to the previous model, and there are a lot of technologically advanced functions in it. Read on to find out.
The new Q7 is the lightest car in its class
With its lightweight, multi-material body and all-new chassis, the new Audi Q7 is 325 kilograms lighter than the previous model, which results in 27 percent less fuel consumption. The body alone, with its innovative multi-material construction, saves 71 kg in weight, with add-on parts (aluminium doors), 95 kg. With 5.05 meters in length, 1.97 meters in width and 1.74 meters in height (with steel suspension), the new Q7 is a big car – but also the lightest in its class.
We drove the 45 TFSI variant, which is equipped with a 3-litre V6 petrol engine, with 333 bhp of maximum power and 440Nm of torque, which comes in between 2900-5300rpm. The Audi Q7 has always nailed the performance figures as if it’s a light weight sports car. With the 8-speed tiptronic transmission, this 2-tonne SUV hits 100kmph in just 6.1 seconds. This powerful petrol engine emits only 183 grams of CO2 per kilometre. The top speed of the new Q7 is limited to 250kmph.
The 45 TFSI variant is available from AED 275,000, and there will be a 2-litre turbo variant which will be added to the range very soon. The new Audi Q7 lifts up to 60mm when the driving mode is set to off-road, which improves the off-road capability of the vehicle.
Traffic Jam Assist
The Traffic Jam Assist allows the car to autonomously drive itself through largely straight-line, bumper-to-bumper, city traffic by staying in its lane, and steering the car when needed. Of course, sharper corners and emergency manoeuvres still need the driver to take over, which means you can’t switch it off!
All-wheel steering – First in its class
The Q7 now also has all-wheel-steering, though it’s not standard equipment. At low speeds the rear wheels turn slightly in the opposite direction to the front wheels. This helps the turning radius go down by 1 metre, and so helps in tight U-turns and parking situations. At higher speeds, they turn in the same direction, giving you better stability and precise manoeuvring. Audi has also added Predictive Efficiency Assist which helps gauge the most efficient driving based on the route ahead – that the car tracks. This reduces consumption by as much as 10%.
The most spacious interior in the segment
The new Q7 is not just bigger outside. It also offers the most spacious interior in its class. Get inside the new Q7, and you are greeted with a more modern interior which looks a lot more luxurious than before. The air vent strip which stretches across the instrument panel shows off the width of the interior.
Audi’s infotainment system has always been easy to use, and now with Audi’s virtual cockpit, it has become more engaging and a treat to use. The second-generation modular infotainment platform is on board, as is the optional Audi virtual cockpit. The new MMI all-in-touch control unit with large touchpad makes operation intuitive and simple. And the Audi tablet for rear passengers and the two sound systems with 3D sound are the newest additions. You can opt for the ‘standard’ Bose sound system, or the very high-end Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system! At the rear, there is the option of twin tablets for rear occupants that allow you to control car functions and entertainment. And by the way, they aren’t Samsung or Apple tablets – they’ve been developed by Audi, and are shatter proof in the event of any impact of any kind. The driver assist system includes adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and the cross-traffic assist in the rear.
The head-up display is the newest addition to the Audi Q7. It helps us to concentrate more on the road rather than taking your eyes off it, to search for MMI controls. The Audi phone box and the ambient lighting system are the new technologies in the Q7.
The new Audi Q7 has grown up into a more modern-looking SUV. The single frame grille at front, along with the striking Matrix LED lamps (optional) emphasizes the SUV’s character of this mammoth car. The body of the new Q7 is made up of high strength steel and aluminum which helps it to reduce the weight of the car. The steeply rising D pillars and the wraparound tailgate give it a typical design characteristic of the Audi Q family.
Length 5.05- m
Wheelbase- 2.99 m
Width- 1.968 m
Height- 1.74 m
The color range: Eleven paint finishes
For the new Q7, Audi offers eleven colors to choose from, including five new ones. The solid finishes are called Carrara White and Night Black; the metallic paint finishes are Argus Brown, Carat Beige, Floret Silver, Glacier White, Graphite Gray, Orca Black, Ink Blue and Tofana White. Daytona Gray completes the S line exterior package. With the customized paint finishes, a special offering from Audi, customers themselves choose their favorite shades.