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Audi Q7 DIESEL ESTATE 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic

Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
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Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
Audi Q7 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG40.90
  • 0-62mph6.5 secs
  • Top Speed150 mph
  • C02181 g/km
  • BHP286
  • Torque443 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

Audi's Q7 seven-seat luxury SUV has always made a big impact, but the improved version of this second generation model aims to be a little smarter than its predecessors - in more ways than one. The Ingolstadt brand has not only sharpened the styling but also introduced efficient mild hybrid technology that features in the 50 TDI diesel variant we're going to test here. Plus the Ingolstadt maker has installed one of the classiest cabins in the segment. As a result, if you really want a car of this kind, you may well find yourself really wanting this one.

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Audi's rejuvenated Q7 is arguably at its best in 50 TDI diesel form. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

This improved version of the 'Type-4M'-series MK2 Q7 model is dynamically very different from the large, lumbering original Q7 design introduced back in 2005. Which is just as well given that since the second generation Q7 was first launched in 2015, we've seen all-new versions of rivals like BMW's X5, the Mercedes GLE and the Land Rover Discovery, with nearly every competing brand in the sector copying this Audi's provision of seven seats to suit larger families. Upper-spec Q7s now also have BMW's all-new X7 and a fresh generation version of the Mercedes GLS to deal with too. Audi's taken the opportunity here for a quick stylistic nip and tuck and there's a classier cabin, along with extra safety and autonomous driving tech. Plus air suspension's now standard across the range. But will it all be enough to allow the Q7 to keep pace in this rapidly evolving segment? Let's find out at the wheel of the volume 50 TDI diesel version.

Driving Experience

Audi is offering its latest 48-volt mild hybrid engine technology with the revised version of this second generation Q7. That sees an integrated 'BAS' belt alternator starter-generator powering a 48-volt main electrical set-up in which a compact lithium-ion battery in the boot stores energy harvested via a 'KERS' kinetic energy recovery system. That additional electricity might be used either to boost the engine while accelerating, or to restart it when the stop/start system kicks in at low speeds. The technology's seamless and now features right across the range, which kicks off with two 3.0-litre V6 TDI options, either the base 45 TDI variant (which has 231PS) or the 50 TDI powerplant we tried (which offers 286PS). This engine is one of Audi's best, creamy smooth, superbly refined and generally torquey, equipped with 600Nm of pulling power. As before, this isn't a large SUV that particularly likes being hurried, but there's plenty of cornering traction, courtesy of torque vectoring and quattro 4WD, plus a 4-Wheel Steering set-up adds extra manoeuvrability to top 'Vorsprung'-spec models. Adaptive air suspension is now standard across the range, which helps you cruise over tarmac tears and speed humps, plus it lowers the car at highway speeds and can be raised for the greater degrees of off road prowess you'll probably never need.

Design and Build

This second generation Q7 has always been less showy about its size than its predecessor, with sharp shoulder lines and sculpted lower side blades attempting to subtly disguise its still prodigious bulk. With this improved model, there's still more to distract your attention, thanks to a package of stylistic Q model hallmark features mainly borrowed from this car's sportier showroom stablemate, the Q8. Primarily, that means the adoption of a large octagon-shaped Singleframe grille with six upright slats. Inside, it's all very different to anything a Q7 driver will have experienced before, thanks to Audi's so-called 'luxury lounge' cabin architecture. You're going to need to like screens because this gloss black-panelled layout incorporates no fewer than three of them, the two you'll notice first powering up as soon as the door is opened and dominating the upper and lower parts of the shiny centre stack. The gently curved upper 10.1-inch display deals with the most important radio, media and telephone functions while the lower 8.6-inch monitor is reserved for more comfort-orientated mainly climate-related features. Both screens interact with the optional 12.3-inch 'Audi Virtual Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen you view through the three-spoke wheel. Out back, the middle seats slide and recline - which is just as well because you'll need to push them forward a bit if you're to get adults into the third row. Depending on the position of the rear seat backs, the luggage compartment offers between 865 and 2,050-litres of capacity across a flat load area.

Market and Model

Audi reckons that around 90% of buyers of this improved second generation Q7 will be buying a 3.0-litre diesel 45 TDI or 50 TDI variant with either of the two main trim levels - 'Sport' or 'S line'. From the launch of this revised 'Type 4M'-series design, that meant asking prices in the £56,000 to £63,000 range - plumb in the sweet spot of what you'd expect to have to pay for a luxury SUV of this kind. If you want a Q7, it's best to think of the need to pay at the upper end of that bracket, because it's probable that you'll want add on a couple of £3,000 premiums. One for the 'S line' trim package that lifts the look and feel of this Audi quite a lot. And the other to trade up from the 231PS diesel of the base 45 TDI variant to the torquier 286PS unit fitted to the 50 TDI derivative that we tried. When it comes to alternatives to this Audi, potential buyers will most commonly be looking at either a Land Rover Discovery, a Mercedes GLE or a Volvo XC90 (all versions of which come with seven seats as standard - or virtually all, in the case of the Mercedes). Perhaps a Q7 buyer might also possibly be considering either a BMW X5 or a Range Rover Sport (where a couple of occasional extra chairs in the boot can be added in as an optional extra).

Cost of Ownership

All the 'hybrid' headlines surrounding this revised post-2019-era Q7 model might lead you to expect greater efficiency gains than are actually delivered. Audi's claim for the difference its 'MHEV' or mild hybrid system makes is actually quite modest - a saving of 0.7-litres of fuel every 100kms or 62 miles. All of which sounds good, but in fuel consumption terms still leaves the volume diesel versions of this car adrift of BMW and Mercedes rivals that don't yet feature mild hybrid tech, so something's not quite right somewhere. To be specific, a Q7 50 TDI S line variant like the one we're trying here manages up to 33.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 180g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. To give you some class perspective, a directly comparable but more conventionally-engined BMW xDrive30d M Sport manages up to 37.7mpg and 165g/km. But if you want a more specific comparison, take a look at how effective a mild hybrid set-up can be by checking out the fuel and CO2 figures of the Volvo XC90 B5 diesel, which at the time of this test was the only other model in this segment featuring such an electrified set-up. That Swedish contender manages up to 44.1mpg and 154g/km of CO2.

Summary

In summary, a significant package of updates has enabled this Q7 to continue to compete on equal terms with much newer designs in this segment - and that's no mean achievement. Are there issues? A few. We're a little disappointed that the much-trumpeted mild hybrid tech hasn't delivered more in terms of efficiency gains. And there are elements of the signature twin-touchscreen cabin that that in our view slightly prioritise style over function. It all looks pretty smart though. And very high-end. Potential buyers though, will be attracted not only by this SUV's cool, classy feel but also by strong residuals that deliver overall running costs which remain very competitive, especially with this 50 TDI variant. Other competitors might be glitzier, but this Ingolstadt contender remains an all-round proposition that's very difficult to beat.

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Driver Convenience
Audi Virtual Cockpit - 12.3" LCD instrument cluster
All wheel steering
Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
Audi drive select (Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Efficiency, Individual, Off-road and All road)
Audi phone box with wireless charging
Audi smartphone interface includes wireless Apple carplay/Android Auto
Camera based traffic sign recognition
Head up Display
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch screens includes 10.1" and 8.6" screens with haptic feedback
Natural voice recognition
PAS
Power door closure
Power operated tailgate
Start/stop system
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Titanium black door mirror housings
Audi Beam uses LEDs to project Vorsprung logo
Audi HD matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light + dynamic front and rear indicators
Auto dimming frameless rear view mirror
Black roof rails
Bumpers in contrast paint finish includes door trim and wheel arch trim strips, inlays in door strip contain quattro embossing
Electric panoramic glass sunroof
Electrically adj heated/folding + automatically dimming exterior mirrors with memory + automatic kerb side function for passenger side exterior mirror
Headlight washers
Heat insulating glass in windshield
LED daytime running lights
LED rear tail lights
Privacy glass - dark tinted rear and rear side windows from B-pillar backwards
Side running boards
Wheels
22" 5-V Spoke aluminium star design audi sport matt titanium with gloss turned finish alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Entertainment
Audi music interface in rear - 2 USB-C ports with charger and data functions in rear
DAB digital radio module
Interior Features
3 spoke flat bottomed high multi-function leather sport steering wheel with gearshift paddles
4 zone deluxe automatic climate control
7 seat layout with ISOFIX points for the front passenger seat and rear passenger seat
Black alcantara headlining includes double sun visors with extendable driver and front passenger side illuminated vanity mirrors
Comfort front centre armrest
Electric height/reach adjustable steering column with memory + auto easy-entry and exit function
Folding rear seats
Front head restraints
Front/rear floor mats
Heated front and outer rear seats for second row
LED interior ambient lighting
Rear head restraints
Seat ventilation and massage function in the front
Stainless steel pedals
Tool kit
Valcona leather upholstery with front super sport seat + S embossed, electric adj front seats/backrest bolsters, lumbar support, memory functionality
Packs
City assist pack - Q7
Comfort and sound pack with Bang + Olufsen premium sound system - Q7
Extended leather pack - Q7
Titanium black styling pack - Q7 Black Edition/Vorsprung
Tour pack with Adaptive cruise assist - Q7
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
Audi pre sense front
Driver and front passenger, front side and curtain airbags
Electromechanical parking brake
Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
Extended pedestrian protection measures
Hill hold assist
Seatbelt monitoring
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Anti theft alarm
Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
Keyless go with remote central locking
Technical
48V Mild hybrid technology
Adaptive air sports suspension
Quattro all wheel drive with self locking centre differential
Trim
Polished oak trim with grey finished
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 181
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 230
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 232
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 230
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2967
Engine Code 4MGAL2
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 8 SPEED
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 40.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 8.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb 32.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 31.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 32.1
General
AdBlue Yes
Alternative Fuel Qualifying Yes
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 286
Coin Description TDI Quattro
Coin Series Vorsprung
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 49E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 92
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 86
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 71
NCAP Safety Assist % 72
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 6.5
Engine Power - BHP 286
Engine Power - KW 210
Engine Power - RPM 3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 443
Engine Torque - MKG 61.2
Engine Torque - NM 600
Engine Torque - RPM 2250
Top Speed 150
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 285/35 R22
Tyre Size Rear 285/35 R22
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 V SPOKE STAR DESIGN
Wheel Type 22" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1740
Length 5063
Wheelbase 2994
Width (including mirrors) 2212
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 75
Gross Vehicle Weight 3015
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 2050
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 865
Max. Loading Weight 850
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 3500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 2165
No. of Seats 7
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.5

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1289.98 p/m £9.62 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1302.16 p/m £9.49 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1330.41 p/m £54.66 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1355.09 p/m £71.26 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1375.92 p/m £109.00 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1393.89 p/m £140.94 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £1002.22 p/m £27.73 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1014.41 p/m £40.33 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £1049.30 p/m £52.38 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1087.04 p/m £101.52 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £1116.68 p/m £148.72 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1064.91 p/m £191.33 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £887.34 p/m £35.74 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £896.27 p/m £46.60 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £923.42 p/m £84.97 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £952.92 p/m £121.42 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £912.06 p/m £169.82 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £944.42 p/m £203.08 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1547.97 p/m £11.54 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1562.59 p/m £11.38 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1596.49 p/m £65.60 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1626.11 p/m £85.51 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1651.10 p/m £130.80 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1672.66 p/m £169.13 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £1202.66 p/m £33.28 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1217.30 p/m £48.39 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £1259.16 p/m £62.85 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1304.45 p/m £121.83 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £1340.02 p/m £178.46 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1277.89 p/m £229.59 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £1064.81 p/m £42.88 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £1075.53 p/m £55.92 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £1108.10 p/m £101.97 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £1143.50 p/m £145.71 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £1094.47 p/m £203.78 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £1133.30 p/m £243.70 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Contract Length
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Annual Mileage
Include Maintenance

An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Audi virtual cockpit plus £175.00
Exterior Features
85 litre fuel tank £125.00
Audi exclusive paint £3,600.00
Body coloured door mirrors FOC
Carbon exterior door mirrors £650.00
Exclusive paint identifier FOC
Metallic paint £750.00
Pearlescent paint £750.00
Paintwork
Audi Exclusive - Custom £3,600.00
Metallic - Barrique brown £750.00
Metallic - Floret silver £750.00
Metallic - Glacier white £750.00
Metallic - Matador red £750.00
Metallic - Navarra blue £750.00
Metallic - Orca black £750.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £750.00
Solid - Night Black FOC
Trim
Valcona leather - Black with grey stitching + front super sport seat,S embossed, electrically adj/backrest bolsters, lumbar, memory function FOC
Valcona leather - Rotor grey with anthracite stitching+front super sport seat, S embossed, electrically adj/backrest bolsters, lumbar, memory function FOC
Wheels
22" 5 arm trapezoid design audi sport alloy wheels in anthracite black with gloss turned finish FOC
* option prices shown are estimated