Audi Q7 4.2 quattro Tiptronic

By Jonathan Spira on 1 February 2010
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The Audi Q7, first introduced as a 2007 model, shares a platform with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne and is definitely the best looking of the three. 09Q742Sline_01_hr (Large)Resembling more of a tall station wagon than anything else, it appears smaller than it really is. Its mammoth proportions (it is one of the largest and heaviest vehicles in its class) don’t really sink in until you are behind the wheel and you look out over the hood.

Despite its heft, handling is still reasonably nimble if the optional adaptive air suspension is present.

This largest Audi comes standard with superb leather upholstery, 18” wheels, dual-zone climate control, and of course the quattro all-wheel drive system. Useful options include the third-row seat, rearview camera, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, satellite navigation, and four-zone climate control. The good news is that the Q7 has a third row of seats; the bad news is that it’s a bit snug back there. Nonetheless, with room for seven, it’s good for moving bulky cargo or large groups.

Safety features include a blind-spot warning system that works quite well and alerts the driver via flashing yellow LEDs to possible problems were one to start switching lanes at an inopportune moment, a lane departure warning system, keyless entry and ignition, and the magnificent panoramic sunroof.

Audi is introducing its fourth generation MMI cockpit controller system on certain models but the Q7 retains the older system for the time being. The controller is conveniently positioned but the driver still has to look down to find the right button to push.

The Q7 is also available as a turbo-diesel, a model that features considerably improved fuel economy and is worth looking into.

2010 Audi Q7 4.2 quattro Tiptronic
Base price/price-as-tested $59,220/$81,995
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 4.2-liter/350 hp/V-8
Transmission 6-speed  automatic with Tiptronic
Curb weight (lbs) 5,324
Wheelbase (inches) 118.2
Length x width x height (inches) 200.2 x 78.1 x 68.4
0-60 mph (seconds) 7.1
EPA city/highway fuel economy (mpg) 13/18

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