Big luxury SUVs are still very much in demand. And while, in the past, it was the diesel option that was more popular, now it seems that petrol SUVs are making a comeback – which is why Audi has decided to launch the Q7 with a brand new 2.0-litre petrol motor. And, in terms of full-size luxury SUVs, the Audi Q7 is right up there with the best of them.
The Q7 is a luxurious masterpiece on wheels. The overall build quality and the interior cabin quality is phenomenal. And, of course, it’s got plenty of space for its occupants to travel in great comfort and opulence. The overall styling of the car, however, doesn’t really stand out – and some would even go so far as to say that the Q-range from Audi has started to look a little boring.
Even though there may be a difference in opinion about the design, one thing is for certain, it’s a brilliant car – anyone who drives the Q7 petrol will know what I’m talking about. The 2.0-litre petrol unit is an engineering marvel in itself – it’s incredibly smooth and refined. The engine is mated to an 8-speed transmission that transfers 248bhp and 370Nm to the ground seamlessly.
Despite the fact that the Q7 weighs over 2 tons, Audi has somehow managed to make the car fun and easy to drive – despite its substantial size. Surprisingly, in fact, it set a blistering lap time on the track. Perhaps the light weight 2.0-litre motor had something to do with the sharp front-end of the Q7. So, not only does it offers space, practicality and luxury, it’s also fun to drive.
The new petrol heart makes the Q7 more accessible – it’s now the entry to the range – but it continues to be exceedingly comfortable, refined and usable.