Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Audi Q7


VEHICLE SUMMARY

Name:
Q7
Model:
3.0 FSi
Car Body Type:
SUV
Segment:
D+ Segment
Top Speed:
245
Warranty:
1 year, unlimited

VERDICT

FOR
Imposing road presense
Proper 7 Seater
Top Quality Interiors
AGAINST
Not a proper off-roader
Small dealer network
Very big for Indian roads

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

Displacement:
3000cc, V6
Engine Type:
Petrol
Maximum Power:
333 Bhp
Maximum Torque:
440 Nm @ 2900 rpm

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

AC:
AC
with Climate Control
Power Windows:
Central Locking:
Remote
Remote Boot:
Remote Fuel Filler:
Rear Wiper:
Rear Defogger:
Rear Armrest:
With Cup Holder
Streeing Adjustment
(Rake/Reach):
/
Driver Seat Adjustment:
Electric
Music System:
Dash Integrated CD, MP3 player
Leather Seats:
Door Mirror:
Both Side Electric
Tinted Glass:
Rear AC Vent:
Folding Rear Seats:
Sun Roof:
Buttons/Controls
on Steering:

Auto Viper:
Auto Headlamp:


Audi Q7 Review

overview
In India the high performance luxury SUV, Audi Q7 is available in two diesel variants. Both the versions use advanced fuel-injection technique along with adaptive air suspension for a powerful and smoother ride. In normal driving conditions, Audi Q7 delivers a mileage of 5.1 kmpl to 8.8kmpl depending on the variant. the Automatic Start-Stop functionstops the engine when the car is standstill in heavy traffic or at traffic lights and thus it also cuts down CO2 emissions. As soon as the car brake pedal is released, the engine startsExteriors are aerodynamically designed with the Audi logo in the centre of the front grills that rules the front of the car. Interiors are sporty, elegant and utterly focus functions and are designed to house seven people comfortably.The optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) in Audi Q7 maintains distance with the vehicle in the front automatically using the sensors and triggers a visual and acoustic alarm in case the car ahead comes nearer. Audi Q7 also has Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) that stabilizes the car both on and off-road besides the Trailer Stabilization system. 


Audi Q7 Mileage

Audi Q7 TachoMeter
The 2967 cc Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro delivers an average of 6.8 kmpl in the city and 8.8 kmpl on the highways. Whereas the 4134 cc diesel variant Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro delivers quite similar mileage of 5.1 kmpl in the city and 8.3 kmpl on the highways.

Power of Audi Q7

Audi Q7 Photos
Audi Q7 is available in two diesel variants. Both the models have Quattro technology in place and have six speed automatic transmissions.

The diesel driven Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro has a 4.2L 345bhp V8 engine with a displacement of 4134cc. This V8 engine delivers a maximum power of 200PS at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 760Nm at 1750 to 3000 rpm. With such a power in place the seven-seat 2,935 kg, 100 liter fuel tank capacity car delivers reasonably good average in the city and on the highways.

Whereas, another diesel version, Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro has a 3.0L, 229bhp, V6 TDI engine with an engine Displacement of 2967cc pumping out 232.5PS of power at 4,000 rpm besides a maximum torque of 551Nm between 1,750 to 2750 rpm. This 2,990 kilo machine has six-cylinder, four-valve engine under the hood and has the same 100 liter fuel tank capacity.

Audi Q7 Colours

These colors are available with all variants of Audi Q7
 
Bahia Beige Metallic
 
Sycamore Green Metallic
 
Deep black
 
Lava Grey
 
Calla White
 
Phantom Black
 
Garnet Red

 
Cobalt Blue Metallic
 
Condor Grey Metallic
 
Ice Silver Metallic

Acceleration & Pick-Up

Audi Q7 Gear
With such powerful engines inside, we can comfortably expect that the performance of the Audi Q7 would be breathtaking. And it does deliver it quietly.  

The Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro diesel has DOHC valve configuration with direct injection fuel supply system coupled with an automatic six-speed transmission that is sufficient for the SUV to be taken on or off the road. The Audi Q7 diesel 4.2 TDI Quattro has a top speed of 240 kmph and it can catch up a 100 kmph mark in just 6.4 seconds.

The Turbo Charged DOHC CRDi Diesel variant that also has an AWD six-speed automatic transmission on has a top speed of 210 kmph. However, it is a little lazy than the other and catches 100 kmph in 8.5 seconds.

Fitted with all alloy 18 inches wheels, the Audi Q7 drives well and gives ultimate performance in the city or on the highways. The car’s shape also eases acceleration as it has been aerodynamically designed coupled with adaptive air suspension that raises and lowers itself according to changes in speed infusing in the Audi Q7 the flexibility making it fully auto adaptable for on road or off road capabilities.

Audi Q7 Exteriors

As the car’s shape has direct impact on its efficiency Audi has worked out the shape very diligently to make the exteriors as aerodynamic as possible. See it from the front, sides or the rear, Audi Q7 impresses the viewer with its superb looks. Sense of admiration overpowers while observing the awesome looks of the car.
The majestic front that has broad chrome lined radiator intake at the middle with the four intertwined circles, the Audi logo that dominates the front of the car. The twin halogen headlamps have automatic activation. The headlamps have daytime LED lights as well. The twelve vertical chrome grills with broad horizontal space for the number plate make the frontage of the Audi Q7 really awesome. The wide bonnet gives an impression that a really powerful machine is hidden inside coupled with the broad body colored bumpers and contrasting lower half of the bumper, that also houses the two fog lamps, make the front really mammoth. The rain sensing wipers at the front register their presence and complement the clean aerodynamic front glass. The aluminium window trim framing the exterior and side windows and aluminium roof rails further compliment the exteriors.

Moving on to the sides of the mighty machine we find that all alloy six arm wheels dominate the sides and add to the robust look of the Audi Q7. There are motorized rear view mirrors with turn indicators on the sides. The side sills too are body colored.
Moving on to the rear of the Audi Q7 is a worth experience. Aerodynamics rules the rear of the Audi Q7 with wavy tail lamps that appears as if they have flown from the sides to the rear. The top of the Audi has Sun and Moon roofsmaking it a perfect rider on a bright sunny day or on a full moon night.

Exterior Measurements

The exteriors measurements are more so dominated by aerodynamics. The Audi Q7 is 5,086 mm long, 1,983 mm wide, 1,737 mm tall and has a ground clearance of 205 mm. The Audi Q7 weighs 2,990 kilos.

Audi Q7 Interior

Audi Q7’s interiors are sporty, elegant and utterly focus functions. Entering the jumbo machine is very easy, thanks to the Advanced Key option in Audi Q7. Even if the key is in the pocket, you need to just pull the door handle and the door will open. To lock the car, just press the small button on the door handle. Just as the door opens, it seems as if a really big space inside is inviting you for an ultimately comfortable ride. The interiors look quite cozy and comfortable; the interior texture too looks soft. The front seats give a feeling of a cockpit and are ergonomically designed. A front centre armrest comes in the S Line equipment with a storage compartment to store tidbits. The side rests on the door have been specially designed to rest the hand during long drives. It also has window controls on it. The standard equipment comes with Cosmo Cloth upholstery available in Black and Paranut brown color. There are varieties of upholstery choices available on payment such as Cricket leather available in Black, Light grey, Paranut brown, Cardamom beige and Savanna beige shades. Besides Verano leather upholstery is available in Black, Light grey, Paranut brown, Savanna beige and Cardamom beige shades. Since it is a sports utility we have no dearth of legroom and headroom inside.


The front interior of the car is ruled by the central console and the 4-spoke multi-function adjustable leather steering wheel. The start–stop button integrated in the centre console starts and stops the engine. In addition there are two 12V sockets – one at front of centre console, besides two at rear of centre console and 1 in luggage compartment. Theautomatic dual-zone climate control occupies most of the part of the central console and it has separate driver and front passenger controls. Moreover, the Multi-Media Interface (MMI) is also there and it displays information about the climate, audio and other functions of the vehicle. There are illuminated vanity mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror as well. The interior inlays are in glossy black.

Audi Q7 comes with a seating capacity for seven, two at the front, three in the middle, and two at the rear. There are cargo nets on backs of front seats, cup holders– 2 at front of centre console, 2 in rear armrest and 2 in side trim of third seating row as well. There is a rear centre armrest in the rear-seat that makes seating at the rear comfortable. There are also two cup holders embedded in the hand rests to let you enjoy your drink en route. The headrests are perfectly placed and give ultimate cushioning. The scuff plates have metal inlays. There is equally enough legroom and headroom for the rear passengers as well. The third row has a capacity to seat two people and the entry for the third row is from the middle seat and there is considerably enough legroom and headroom at this seat as well. The front and rear seats have heating option the temperature can be individually controlled. Besides, the front seats can beelectrically adjusted (height, forwards and backwards position, backrest angle and lumbar support, as well as there is memory option for electrically adjusted steering) with driver and front passenger seat memory. Overall, the Audi Q7 interiors have been specifically designed to abode seven people giving them a comfortable ride.

Interior Measurements

There is 1030mm headroom at the front and 990mm in the middle and 789mm at the rear. The luggage compartment capacity is 765 litres and it goes to 2035 liters with the middle and rear seats folded. Audi Q7 also has a roof load limit of 100kg and it has a maximum trailer load of 750Kg.

Audi Q7 Engine and Performance

The Audi Q7 has two diesel variants available in India and both of these have Quattro technology enabled with six-speed automatic transmission. The Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro’s 4.2L, 4134cc, V8 engine gives out 345bhp to power this machine. This is surely enough to fire this car on road or off the road. The 200PS it generates at 4000 rpm and the 760Nm maximum torque it delivers at 1750 to 3000 rpm is unbeatable. This just falls short of the 407 bhp at 5500~6400 rpm produced by 4.4L, 4395cc 407bhp, 600 Nm, engine in BMW X5. However, it is far more than the 165bhp produced by the 3.0L Mercedes M class SUVs. The diesel version of the Audi Q7 which is a 3.0 TDI Quattro pumps out 232.5PS of power at 4,000 rpm which is also sufficient enough to give thrust to this 2,990 kilo car. Both the engines are silent even at the peak torque. Besides, the Audi Q7 engines are fitted with engine Automatic Start-Stop function for greater fuel and CO2 efficiency, in addition to recuperation for optimal energy utilization.

The Audi Q7 has an oil-change Service interval every 14,484 Kms or one year and an inspection service every 30577 kms or two years whichever is earlier.  The Audi Q7 comes with two-year unlimited kilometers and up to 96560 kms in the third year warranty.

Wheels

Audi Q7 Wheels
In order to match the power inside with the performance delivery in Audi Q7, Audi has fitted 18 inch x 8J, ‘6-arm’ design alloy wheels with 225/55 R18 Y tyres. However, there are over nine optional wheel size and design choices ranging from 19” x 8.5J ‘5-arm V’ design alloy wheels to 21” x 10J ‘7-double-spoke’ design polished alloy wheels to subtly enhance the looks and drive of the Audi Q7. The spare wheel which is part of the standard third row removed version comes with 18” alloy wheel with 18” 235 tyres.

Braking & Handling

The Audi Q7 is equipped with Automatic Start-Stop function which means that whenever you are in heavy traffic and you stop the car the engine also stops and as soon as you release the brake pedal, the engine restarts thus saving fuel and limiting CO2 emissions as well.

In addition to it, the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) automatically regulates the distance with the help of radar sensors and maintains a preset distance. In the course it uses braking and accelerating to maintain the distance. This system works between 0 and 120mph speeds. This system also has Audi braking guard that triggers a visual and acoustic alarm as soon as it detects that there is a risk of rear end collision with the car at the front.
The Audi Q7 also comes with standard in the series braking systems such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Besides, the parking brake in the Audi Q7 is foot operated.

Handling & Safety

Packed with 200PS and 232.5PS diesel engines and automatic six-speed transmission, the Audi Q7 ensures ultimate handling features even in the most difficult driving conditions. The Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro has a top speed of 240 kmph while Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro has a top speed of 210 kmph. There are various features that make the powerful yet elegant Audi Q7, safe and secure. We have already discussed the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). In addition, the door exit lights at the front ensure that you enter and exit the SUV safely. Besides, Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with extended on and off-road functions also enhance its handling ease. It has a unique Trailer Stabilization system to keep the trailer stable on road, off road or up the hill. The Audi Q7 comes with a first-aid kit for immediate medication at the time of medical crisis. Moreover, there are front passengers, second and third row seats come with passenger airbags. With this you can be sure that even a fierce accident cannot touch you. So as to park the car, there is rear acoustic parking. The Service key automatically stores particular car settings and service information to keep track of car’s health.

There are side airbags for the driver and front passenger besides side-impact protection and side guard head airbagsystem to protect front and the side rear passengers in the case of a side collision. There is a tool kit and car jack to keep the car going in case of a flat tyre or a minor repair need. And there is the warning triangle that reminds you of any real error in your car. Furthermore, anti-theft alarm protects your car from being stolen. There are also some optional handling and safety products that are also available viz. Audi parking system plus, Audi parking system advanced, Audi lane assist, Audi side assist, Privacy glass, VW8 Double glazing, Double glazing with Privacy glass, High-beam assist, and Tyre pressure loss indicator. But these are available on order and are not part of the standard equipment.

Stereo & Accessories in Audi Q7

If it’s Audi, believe that it has the best in the series audio and other accessories. There are two optional technology packages offered by Audi. The technology package– Low, has Satellite Navigation system – DVD-based, Power-operated tailgate, MMI Radio Plus, DSP sound system, Color Driver’s Information System with efficiency program, Voice dialogue system, CD changer, Audi parking system plus (front and rear) with acoustic warning and visual display on MMI monitor. Similarly, the technology package-High has Satellite Navigation system–HDD-based, DSP sound system, Single CD/DVD player, Mobile phone preparation with online services, Power-operated tailgate, Color Driver’s Information System (DIS) with efficiency program, Voice dialogue system, and Audi parking system advanced.

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