They can easily manage their daily tasks with a horsepower total of less than 300 and a price that’s closer to 50 grand than 60. Audi’s new Q7 is a perfect case in point. Now that we’ve driven it both around the winding desert roads in northern Arizona as well as urban and suburban Montreal, Quebec, we know it is.Brilliant engineAs we’ve found in other models, Audi’s recently introduced direct-injection V-6 and V-8 engines are prolific and engaging. The system has been continuously developed and is now in its sixth evolution which has a much wider power distribution between the front and the rear increasing stability and electronic control. With about 300 fewer pounds to motivate than the last Q7 V-8 we tested, the V-6 was only 0.4 second slower to 60 mph at 7.9 seconds. In fact, until you exceed 70 mph, you hardly notice the two missing cylinders. But the model that seems always to end up selling best is the lesser, six-cylinder version.
Similar Vehicles 2017 Audi Q7 Expert Review By Bob Nagy KBB Expert Rating: 9.6 Completely redesigned, the 2017 Audi Q7 has morphed into an outstanding 21st century SUV that delivers more of what today’s buyers are demanding. Somewhat optimistically, I hope to find trend-setting technology, design, or performance in each new vehicle – something that with make my cerebral spreadsheet skip a row or two. Highs Nimble, traction-bountiful handling Smooth, progressive power Useful, sophisticated technology Handsome, refined styling Lows One-size-fits-all for now Tempting but pricey options list. The new Q7’s lines are creased with origami precision, drawing the eye to its hexagonal single-frame grille, arrow LED headlights and taillights, bold wheel arches, strong shoulder lines, and trapezoidal exhaust tips. Working with new, 5-link front/rear suspension setups, nicely weighted electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering and Audi’s legendary Quattro AWD, the Q7 displays class-leading agility and impressive body control that complement the quick acceleration provided by its supercharged V6 engine.
The six-speed transmission dropped as low as third gear to maintain normal headway, while the V-6 spun happily at nearly 5000 revs. For models manufactured after the start of 2009, there is also a 6.0 litre V12 twin turbo-diesel with a mammoth 500 bhp. Test drives and part-exchange are available, and you can choose, buy and drive away the same day.