For the 2013 model year, Audi keeps its big Q7 SUV with Audi’s supercharged engine offered in two different outputs – one at 272 horsepower, the other at 333 horsepower. The previous six-speed transmission has been replaced with a new eight-speed Tiptronic.
Meticulous attention to detail is evident on the flawlessly finished exterior and extends into the interior of the Q7. Soft, yet durable leather drapes the seats, and the sparkly metal trim contrasts rather nicely. The interior design is tasteful, restrained and elegant. Controls and gauges are clearly readable. Dual zone climate control is standard, while a four-zone system and cooled front seats are optional.
Technology abounds. Audi’s advanced key features allow keyless start-and-stop operation with a start button. Power operated features and Assist system – monitors the driver’s blind spots and notifies the driver via LEDs on the outside mirrors if vehicles are in your blind spot.
The standard Bose sound system is complimented by an optional high–end Bang & Olufsen system with 1,000-watts of power and 14 speakers including the pair of tweeters that rise out of the dash. Controlling all this wizardry is the well-designed MMI interface, which turns out to be intuitive to use. A high seating position enables excellent visibility. Seating in both the first and second rows offers generous room and high levels of comfort. Audis are always impressive with their interior design and high quality materials used throughout the cabin.
There is a third-row seating allowing seven passengers. Note the two seats in the third row are as usual kid sized! The Q7 feels more car-like than SUV on the road. It handles lighter, more refined, and sharper. The supercharged engine that makes a pleasant sound also has a lot more pep and acceleration than before. The quattro AWD system delivers more power to the rear axle during normal operation. Good traction is always there no matter the road’s condition is. The system will also deliver power to any wheel needed.
The new TFSI motor returns an estimated fuel consumption figure of around 3.6 L/100 km in the city and 9.3 on the highway. With the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, the 333-horsepower V6 can power the Q7 to 0-to-100 km/hr in around 7.1 seconds. That’s not too shabby. The V6 and transmission combo are also powerful enough to allow the Q7 to tow an impressive 3,500 kilograms.
Note: A Q7 with a 3.0 liter TDI Clean Diesel is also available and this has an amazing 400 lb-ft of torque and is more fuel efficient – an ideal choice if you haul or tow big loads or cargo. To sum up, the Q7 offers the cache of the Audi rings on the front grille and superb interior.
2013 Audi Q7 priced from $53,900