2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Quattro tiptronic SUV (Review)

The 2017 Audi Q7 is definitely a new and sprightlier SUV in practically every way, with a slimmer body, improved technological features, better engine options, and is about 700 lbs. lighter than the 2015 model, increasing fuel efficiency.

After being completely redesigned for 2017, the Q7 also features revised styling, a more spacious interior, a prominent angular grille, and a more wagon-like exterior. Some of the changes seem subtle at first glance, but upon closer evaluation, the new changes can be both seen and felt.

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Front View SUV

Although, the Q7 is the largest crossover SUV in the Audi lineup, it is very easy to drive. In fact, it feels just as nimble as a mid-size sedan when making sharp turns and on winding roads, but what really makes the Q7 stand out, is its amazing ability to almost drive itself by recognizing speed limit signs and making adjustments, continuing speed and distance from other vehicles in front of it, consistently staying within its lane, and spontaneously slowing down before turning by utilizing huge amounts of data from cameras and sensors on the SUV.

The Audi Q7 is a luxury 7-passenger, three-row full-size SUV and comes available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.  All Q7’s feature a powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower, 325 lb. ft. of torque, an 8-speed automatic transmission, can tow up to 7,700 lbs., and yields an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is average for this segment.

The Premium trim includes- a panoramic sunroof, three-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, 19-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, xenon headlights, 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, LED running lights and taillights, automatic wipers, a power lift gate, 35/30/35-split second-row folding seats, automatic brakes, front and rear parking sensors, selectable drive modes, driver memory settings, 50/50-split power folding third-row seats, HD and satellite radio, heated 8-way power front seats with driver four-way power lumbar controls, Bluetooth and audio connectivity, two USB ports, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, frontal collision warnings with pedestrian recognition, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7-inch color driver information display, and power-folding heated mirrors. A 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, a handwriting recognition controller pad, and navigation system are optional.

The Premium Plus includes all of the aforementioned features, but adds interior ambient lighting, auto-dimming side mirrors, a navigation system, keyless entry and ignition with hands-free tailgate access, and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

A Vision package which offers a surround-view camera system LED headlights, and a configurable gauge-cluster display is optional as well as a Cold Weather package that adds manual rear window sunshades, heated steering wheel, a four-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, a tow hitch, a rear-seat entertainment system and ventilated 12-way power front seats.

The Prestige trim adds a 19-speaker Bose surround sound system, 20-inch wheels, extra interior lighting, side exit warnings, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a large high-resolution 8.3-inch display.

A Driver Assistance package is available for both the Prestige and Premium Plus trims and adds automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, and lane-departure intervention.

Options exclusively for the Prestige trim include a special Luxury package which adds power door closers, upgraded leather upholstery, 18-way power front seats with massage functions, and a faux-suede headliner as well as an Adaptive Chassis package which adds a night vision camera, a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System, all-wheel steering, and adaptive air suspension.

All 2017 Q7 models come equipped with standard safety features, such as a rearview camera, frontal collision warning, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, front and rear parking sensors, full-length side curtain airbags, automatic braking, and the intuitive Audi Pre-Sense system that senses if the driver is trying to avoid an accident and automatically tightens the seatbelts, prepares the brakes, and closes the sunroof and windows. Audi Connect services, which include emergency assistance, speed and valet alerts, automatic crash notification, and remote door locking are optional.

The interior of the Q7 is quite impressive with high quality materials throughout the cabin with ambient lighting that enhance the vehicle’s luxury appearance. There are many functions on the dashboard and middle console areas, but I found that they are easy to operate by using the MMI controller, steering wheel controls, and a touchpad with handwriting recognition.

The front seats are comfortable, supportive, and have an ergonomic feel. In the second row, there is plenty of head/legroom for taller passengers and the seats recline, slide, and can fold down for easy access to the third row. Similar to the majority of other SUV’s in this segment, the third row seats are best for children and shorter adults and can fold down flat with the push of a button.

Cargo space is average in its class, measuring 14.8 cubic feet when the seats are up, 37.5 cubic feet when the third row is folded down, and a good 71.6 cubic feet when both the second and third rows are flat.

On the road, the 2017 Audi Q7 is amazingly nimble and maneuvers very well in difficult driving conditions and actually drives like a smaller crossover vehicle, such as the Audi Q3. Acceleration is quick due to the powerful V6 engine and the interior cabin is remarkably quiet even at highway speeds.

What I think is most impressive about the Q7 is its ability to do much of the driving in heavy traffic and on long stretches of highway by using a combination of new technologies, such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, navigation information, and forward-looking cameras.

The 2017 Audi Q7 has a starting MSRP of $54,811 for the base model with special features that can be added with various packages.  The Q7 is the perfect blend of performance, luxury, advanced technology, and in my opinion, is one of the best SUV’s Audi has to offer.

To find out more about the new 2017 Audi Q7, please visit- www.audiusa.com

 

 

 

1480530575757Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

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