Audi Q7: Tech’d Out

Audi Q7

Being a movie buff myself, I couldn’t help but take a keen eye on the car chase of Captain America: Civil War. I liked the movie especially it proved that Ironman is smarter, faster and stronger than Captain America. My biases away, the car chase scene was great the Black Panther, Captain America and add our Q7 into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for an epic. The Q7 is the biggest SUV and most technologically advanced Audi that’s ever been made. The Q7 is available as either a seven-seat three-row crossover or a 5-seat SUV.

The History

The Audi Q7 has its genesis in the Audi Pikes Peak concept which was unveiled in the 2003 North American International Auto Show. The first generation of the Q7 (Typ 4L) then made its debut in the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was the first SUV to be made by Audi, and was later followed by the Q5 and Q3. Also, it was the first Audi to feature Side Assist.

Current Model

Currently, the Q7 is on its second generation (Typ 4M), and it was unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Audi Q7

The Variants

The Q7 gets an S, if you know anything about Audi’s S, then you know it is designated for the performance version of the respective model. Thus, the SQ7 is the class leader and it is actually the SUV used in the Captain America movie. There is also a plug-in hybrid version which is known as the Q7 e-tron.

If you are just interested in the regular Q7s then these are the trims you can choose from in America:

  • Premium
  • Premium Plus
  • Prestige

As for the rest of the world there are only two trims available:

  • S
  • SE

The Powertrain

Powering the Q7 is a either a petrol or diesel V6 engine, which is a downgrade from the V8 of its predecessor. However, this has also enabled Audi to trim 325 kg off the Q7 making its performance incredibly better. The diesel 3L V6 manages to get power all the way to 268 bhp and a torque of 600 N·m. The 5-seat Q7 offers the diesel’s best performance as it manages to go 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. The petrol 3.0L V6 produces 328 bhp and 440 N·m of torque. In the 5-seat, this petrol V6 offers acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.

For the Q7 e-tron, a 2.0L V6 and electric motor combine to produce 367 hp and 700 N·m of torque. With this power this engine records the fastest acceleration for 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds.

Finally, we check the all-powerful SQ7, which uses a 4.0L diesel V8 that manages to reach 429 bhp and 664 lb-ft of torque. As for its acceleration the SQ7 is able to go from 0-100 km/h in a paltry 4.9 seconds. Truly, it has sportscar-esque performance.

The Interior

Inside the Q7 there is enough amenities to ensure your comfort is taken care off. Cruise and four-zone climate control come as standard and so do Bluetooth, sat-nav, keyless go and heated electric seats. The best premium feature has to be the Virtual Cockpit, which allows to access the sat-nav map in a 12.3” screen, however it ‘s worthy to note it comes standard with the SQ7. You have a choice of two Bang & Olufsen sound systems that have up to 23 speakers, while the rear passengers can enjoy detachable tablet-style touchscreens that can stream content via smartphones with Bluetooth.

The Tech

To be honest Audi always pack their cars with tech, however on this SUV they have really gone the mile. This Audi is seriously packed with tech, and to really demonstrate that the Q7 features four Nvidia Tegra processors. Also, because of the large data needed by electrical systems like Multi Media Interface and Adaptive Air Suspension, Audi have opted to use FlexRay optical fiber data technology to connect these systems. Interestingly, the tech doesn’t stop there as Audi have recorded three new major innovations Predictive Efficiency, Turning Assistant and Exit Warning System. With Traffic Jam Assist, the Q7 is also able to drive, accelerate and brake itself at speeds of up to 37 mph.

The Exterior

Taking a look at the Q7 you’ll know the design direction Audi will like to go with all its SUVs. The Q7 looks ethereal and the grille seems to be the epitome of its looks. The loaf shaped grille features horizontal bars that ran horizontal with the Audi’s four intertwined rings marque positioned at the top center. However, apart from the grille, the rest of the car just looks ordinary.

Our Verdict

I have written many car articles, however to cover all the features offered on the Q7 has had me writing a rather lengthy article. This SUV is a writer’s gold mine replete with features, and far from boring. It has everything you’d want great performance, reliability, practicality, luxury and technology. Undisputedly, this car is a class leader ahead of the GLS and the Range Rover.

To be the proud owner of an Audi Q7, you’ll have to start budgeting from $ 54,800.

The Q7 is may pick of the full sized luxury SUVs, do you agree with this or do you favour one of its rivals? Have your say, leave a comment.

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