Audi Q7 TDI Review

By Jonathan Spira on 6 December 2009
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The Audi Q7, first introduced as a 2007 model, shares a platform with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne and is definitely the best looking of the three.  Q7 TDIResembling more of a tall station wagon than anything else, it appears smaller than it really is.  Its mammoth proportions (it is one of the largest and heaviest vehicles in its class) don’t really sink in until you are behind the wheel and you look out over the hood.

Starting in 2009, Audi added the Q7 TDI to the lineup, equipping the car with a 3-liter, 225 hp, DOHC V-6.

Despite its heft, handling is still reasonably nimble if the optional adaptive air suspension is present.  It’s a drop slower than the gasoline version, with zero-to-sixty in 8.5 seconds versus 7.1 but for a car of its size, it’s no slouch.

This largest Audi comes standard with superb leather upholstery, 18” wheels, dual-zone climate control, and of course the quattro all-wheel drive system.  Useful options include the third-row seat, rearview camera, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, satellite navigation, and four-zone climate control. The good news is that the Q7 has a third row of seats; the bad news is that it’s a bit snug back there.  Nonetheless, with room for seven, it’s good for moving bulky cargo or large groups.

Safety features include a blind-spot warning system that works quite well and alerts the driver via flashing yellow LEDs to possible problems were one to start switching lanes at an inopportune moment, a lane departure warning system, keyless entry and ignition, and the magnificent panoramic sunroof.

THE DETAILS

  2010 Audi Q7 TDI Prestige
Base price/price-as-tested $60,900/$66,400
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 3-liter/225 hp/V-6 diesel
Max. hp 225
Max. torque(pound-feet) 406
Transmission 6-speed  automatic with Tiptronic
Curb weight (lbs) 5,512
Wheelbase (inches) 118.2
Length x width x height (inches) 200.2 x 78.1 x 68.4
0-60 mph (seconds) 8.5
EPA city/highway fuel economy (mpg) 17/25