Audi Q7 parked on side of road

The outgoing Audi Q7 estate was a behemoth of a car that stomped its way up and down our roads with a sulk and a scowl. Not quite a dragon, but certainly something of a misunderstood BFG. This time around, it’s smaller on the outside, but if you believe Audi – it’s bigger on the inside.

The harsh truth is that this Audi estate used to look too big. It attracted a few nicknames:

“Whale.”

“Blubber.”

“Uncle Fester.”

None of them were nice.

It’s now got sharper pins, more interior space, and better engines. Let’s take a closer look at what it’s all about.

Audi Q7 side view

Audi Q7 Estate Test Drive

Audi Q7 back view

The new Q7 is quite a performative car – even at high speeds. It’s lighter than its flabby predecessor, which ensures that it can change direction at the drop of a hat without any complaints. Moreover, even if you zoom by pretty quickly, it still feels reassuringly stable, something which is aide by the option of a 4WD system that neatly swerves the rear tyres by some 2 degrees when you’re cruising along at speed.

There are no S or RS versions again, probably because making this thing go faster will likely end in disaster for everyone involved. But thanks to its lighter weight, it’s a lot more balletic than last time around (hippo on ice springs to mind). There is no bruising V8 engine available at launch nowadays, with buyers getting treated to a pair of 3.0-litre turbocharged power plants – a petrol and a diesel.

The diesel will inevitably prove to be the most popular, and with 270PS of power and a sprint time from 0-62mph of 6.3 seconds, it isn’t hard to see why. It’s the kind of sizzling engine that you’d usually find in a hot hatch.

The 3.0-litre TFSI super-charged petrol is your alternative. Packing 330PS of power, it can get you from rest to 62mph in 6.1 seconds. No messing around.

Audi Q7 Interior dashboard

The Interior, Design And Build Of The Audi Q7 Estate

Park this new model next to the outgoing model and you’ll see just how much smaller it is. It sits on lower springs, too, and looks more like a jacked-up Audi super-estate fresh out of a session of strength training than your usual family-friendly SUV, the aggressive stance further emphasised by the raked windscreen. It is leaner, though, and has lost considerable weight thanks to the incorporation of more aluminium. 24kg of metal has also been shelled out from the doors.

Audi has a reputation for interior excellence, and they’re not going to damage that rep here. A lot has been made of this car’s reduction in size outside, but it’s still vast inside. Not only that, but it’s still gorgeously animated with some classy materials and a slick minimalist design that feels so 2016.

The dash is, as ever, logically arranged and user friendly. Most of the infotainment functions you’ll be using can be accessed from your steering wheel. This does have its obvious disadvantages at first, but once you get your head around it all you’ll be buzzing. It’s a smart idea, too, because it makes twiddling knobs safer. There is a lot of new tech to get used to, but just take some time out to get to know it all and you’ll be fine.

Practicality is solid, with each seat barring the driver’s coming with ISOFIX child-seat mounting points. The car is available as a seven-seater, and the layout is pleasingly fully configurable. The 2nd row of seats recline and slide independently of all the others, though anyone playing piggy in the middle will find things tougher as this chair is noticeably thinner than the rest.

The boot offers 295-litres of space as standard, but this can be extended to 770-litres by pressing a button that folds down the 3rd row of seats when they’re not in use.

Audi Q7 middle seats folded down
Audi Q7 boot

Audi Q7 Estate Pricing And Running Costs

Prices for the new estate start out from £48,500 and rise to just shy of £71,000.

There are just two trims available:

  • SE
  • S Line

Standard equipment for the SE variant includes cruise control, rear parking sensors and an adjustable speed limiter. Opt for the S line and you also get LED lights.

There are plenty of eye-catching options available, including the Audi tablets you use for the rear seats.

In terms of running costs, the new Audi estate Q7 benefits from less weight and aerodynamics and can now boast some ace numbers. The new 3.0-litre TDI diesel unit can now return 49.6mpg, which is a massive improvement on the old figures (38.2mpg). If you opt for the 3.0-litre TFSI petrol unit, you’ll return 36.7mpg, which is a huge improvement on the old scores (26.4mpg). Emissions, meanwhile, come in at 179g/km of CO2.

Audi Q7 glass roof

Our Favourite: Audi Q7 SE Line

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Audi worked tirelessly getting the outgoing model up to scratch, but it never felt quite right. It was always too big, too cumbersome, and too thirsty. A radical change was needed; revolution more than evolution. And this is what we’ve got.

Sure, the car has its cons. If you’re looking for an estate that can perform well off-road, the Q7 might not be your bag. Instead, you might want to take a closer look at a Range Rover. But if it’s sheer practicality, versatility and on-road performance you’re looking for, the new Audi Q7 estate is well worth a closer look.

Will Titterington

Writer at OSV Ltd
Will Titterington is a freelance writer, video editor and all-round content creator based in Manchester, UK.

He believes that words can take on a transformative aspect and wants to help people make better decisions today.

His influences as a writer include Hunter S Thompson and Jack Kerouac, while among his interests outside writing are music, art, foreign films and football.

He’d one day like to own a Tesla, and still holds a candle for the Ford Capri.
Will Titterington

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