Audi Q7 2017 Review
The Audi Q7 is dubbed, "the great quattro"-a shining example of presence, precision, and performance that has captivated luxury SUV buyers since it was first introduced in the market in 2005. Now, the all-new second-generation Q7 is here. And like its predecessor, it continues in the footsteps of its award-winning lineage.
The 2017 Q7 is expressive and striking, filled with styling details that cement it as the flagship of the Audi Q family. A sculpturally molded Singleframe grille dominates the front while horizontal crossbars project an image of strength and confidence. At the corners, intense wheel arches and a strong shoulder line emphasize the width. At the back, the tailgate extends around the rear pillars creating an unmistakable presence.
Beyond the looks, Audi has used their expertise in motorsports to boast a substantial weight loss for the all-new Q7. It weighs some 325 kilograms less than its predecessor without sacrificing safety and integrity. This was done through the use of high-tech materials such as hot-stamped steel and aluminum on the body panels. The weight loss also contributes to improved handling, acceleration, and braking.
In addition to its weight reduction program, Audi's new flagship SUV is actually shorter and narrower than its predecessor yet it offers a roomier interior across all rows.
Inside, the Q7 features Audi's breakthrough Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3-inch TFT display replacing the traditional instrument cluster. This allows the car to show a variety of engine and vehicle information, multimedia settings, and route guidance from the GPS/satellite navigation system easily. This customizable display is backed up by the newest version of the Multi Media Interface (MMI) with haptic feedback to improve usage.
As always, the Q7 boasts of three rows of seats, with the last row folding
with just the press of a button. With both this and the second row folded,
it boasts of one of the largest cargo spaces in its class. Plus, the rear
loading lip has been reduced allowing for a more convenient loading. The
rear tailgate features power actuation as well and can be operated
hands-free; a kick or sweeping motion underneath the center of the rear
bumper is enough to open or close the tailgate.
Currently, Audi Philippines is offering two engines for the Q7. The award-winning 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine good for 272 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque. A 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine with 252 horsepower and 370 Nm of torque is also available. This power is transmitted through an 8-speed automatic and then to the standard quattro all-wheel drive system.
The sporty handling dynamics unusual for an SUV results from the close coordination between all departments within technical development. The engines harmoniously deliver their power to the road practically loss-free via a superior chassis. This interplay of components provides the ideal basis for dynamic handling. Given also the quattro drive, a quick-shifting tiptronic and the low overall weight, each trip, whether on the freeway or a winding country road, brings the dynamic handling of a sedan to mind. Meanwhile the developers never neglected the need for a stable driving style off paved roads, or the desired
dynamic gear mode - the Audi Q7 performs impressively on any terrain.
Safety is always paramount to the all-new Audi Q7 and it comes with a multitude of both active and passive safety features such as Multi-Collision Brake Assist System and Audi Pre-Sense. The former initiates braking automatically in case of an accident to reduce the risk of skidding and mitigate greater damage while the latter puts tension on the seatbelts and closes the windows and sunroof when the system detects a dangerous situation leading to a collision. The Q7 also comes with Audi Pre-Sense City which gives predictive warning and emergency breaking for accident avoidance and pedestrian safety for speeds up to 85 km/h.
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