Juliet reviews…The Audi Q7

If you’re looking for a premium SUV, the Audi Q7 has to be on your list. It has recently undergone an all-round update meaning it sees a facelift, an refreshed interior and the addition of a full suite of Audi connect services.

The new Q7 boasts Audi’s Q family design, meaning it bears the large octagon-shaped Singleframe, with six upright slats providing the structure. The rear has been restyled with a striking chrome strip that creates the visual connection between the flat rear lights with their technical-looking graphics and carries forward the horizontal body line. If you want even more eye-candy, then opt for the S Line model which has enhanced exterior accents including A blade in the front bumper, radiator grille in titanium black with vertical slats in aluminium sliver matte, sportily accentuated underbody protection at the rear along with full paint finish, high gloss package, roof rails in aluminium and 20-inch wheels which come standard.

The interior is one of my favourite cabins as it oozes luxury and everything is user-friendly. There are two large touchscreens which provide haptic and acoustic feedback when you click the buttons, which is why Audi’s touchscreen’s are my favourite of all. If I could, I would opt for traditional buttons, but seeing as all manufacturers insist on touchscreens, I am grateful for one that feels like I am pushing a button. The Q7 come standard with MMI navigation plus which delivers top-of-the-line connectivity. It features an embedded SIM, a Wi-Fi hotspot, natural voice control and the extensive Audi connect portfolio. The latter ranges from online traffic information, point of interest search, navigation with Google Earth and live weather updates. If you want more from the Q7 you have a list of packages to choose from which include Comfort, Black Styling and the S Line I mentioned earlier. These packages have been defined by a combination of customer preferences as well as strategic options which means most customers will be able to get exactly what they want from this Q7.

Space and practicality are what make the Q7 such an appealing family car. There is both a five-seat option as well as the even more practical seven-seat model. Depending on the position of the rear seat backs the luggage compartment on the five-seater version offers between 865 and 2,050 litres of capacity – the latter with a flat load area. Audi optionally supplies the rear seat bench plus as part of the Comfort Package; all three seats can be moved individually fore/aft and the backrest angle adjusted, upgradable to a third seat row with two electrically lowerable seats which turns the Q7 into a comfortable 7-seater.

There is only one engine on offer which is the 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 183 kW and 600 Nm of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and as you can imagine, everything about this drive is refined. Fuel consumption is claimed at 8.0l/100 km.

PRICING

Q7 45 TDI quattro tiptronic – R1 372 900

Q7 45 TDI quattro S line tiptronic – R1 405 000

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