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.
Audi Q7 Estate Test Drive
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.
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 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:
- 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.
Our Favourite: Audi Q7 SE Line
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.
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