After Audi skipped the 2016 model, the expectations of the automotive fanatics escalated. Even though the latest models are approximately 13% higher in price, the 2017 Audi Q7 has become lighter and a great deal more wagon-like. The remaking of the flagship SUV of 2017 Audi Q7 has novel features. Since 2006, Audi Q7 has only undergone only minor changes and upgrades until now. The ingenious designers of Q7 took each and every aspect in consideration which is why the 3 row Audi Q7 remains amongst the highest echelons of luxury vehicles. Let’s take a deeper look into the “entirely new” 2017 Audi Q7.
2017 Audi Q7 – Exterior:
A retrospection of the previous Q7s builds up the expectation of the 2013 Audi Q7 for a more rakish and next level sport wagon look. It does just that, even though the profile is pretty much the same, the SUV crossover just got sportier and bolder. Even minute details have been carefully planned out, the beltline is more prominent and the shoulder lines are sharper. The shape of the SUV is more chiseled, more angled and assertive than before. Also, headlights are lower whilst the daytime running lamps are shaped like an arrow. The crossbars are thicker, slightly inclined roofline and the six-sided symbolic “single frame” grille make Audi Q7 stand out from others in the same category. The overall exterior looks less bulky as compared to previous renditions.
The reason behind the structure of 2017 Audi Q7 being light weight is the multilateral usage of both steel and durable aluminum as opposed to steel which was used in the heavier predecessors. Aluminum is used for the hood, doors, fenders, and the hatch and it saves around 500 pounds of weight depending upon the trim level.
2017 Audi Q7 – Interior:
As you step inside the luxury SUV, the layered dashboard of the Q7 will seize your attention immediately with a multimedia screen popping out from the center. You may also enter your location on the multimedia screen with your fingertips. Apart from the multimedia touchpad, another futuristic gadget — the full-color high-resolution 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit, located directly above the steering wheel puts everything in perspective for the driver along with a feedback controller in an ideal position.
The motorized navigation screen can be stowed away if it is not required. Tech savvy individuals will also be elated to know that Apple integration allows you to integrate with your iPhone through Bluetooth. So if you are addicted to podcasts, this feature will make you fall in love with the exquisite interior. Car Play and Android Auto Smartphones integrations are also available. The sound systems of 2017 Audi Q7 is also extremely smart and the playback begins where you leave it instead of returning to default.
The advanced telematics of the 2017 Audi Q7 has a 4G LTE service that connects to the smartphone also facilitates the drivers with additional features like:
- Remote unlocking and locking the car
- Locating a stolen car
- Crashing alerts
The passenger seats have sufficient legroom and headspace, making the Audi Q7 quite comfortable. The sliding second row is sliding so the leg space is adjustable. Also, lighting in the cabin is ambient and the cavernous cabin space is sufficient for seven passengers. The vast panoramic sunroof that makes the interior of Q7 appears more spacious. The third row is easily accessible and has power folding seat back which simplifies hauling the luggage. The cargo storage space is quite simple.
2017 Audi Q7 – Specifications:
The 2017 Audi Q7 comes with two engine types:
- 3.0-liter TDI with 272 hp
- Supercharged V6 with 333 hp
- Audi will release a model with 2.0-liter turbocharged direct inline-4 soon
The safety features include:
- Collision alerts and blind spot monitoring systems
- Cross traffic warning and pulsing of the brakes
- Great night vision and animal detection
- Autopilot for speed up till 37 mph
- Traffic jam assists
- Automatic braking at a speed of 137 mph
- Adaptive cruise control
All-wheel drive (AWD)
8-speed adjustable automatic transmission
Driving an Audi Q7 is a worthwhile experience — the straight line driving is matchless and it is absolutely remarkable on bending roads. First of all smooth and linear acceleration is able to jump from 0-60 mph, pushing 4,938 pounds within a span of 5.7 seconds as the power is transmitted to the wheels by the outstanding auto-transmission control, according to Audi. The automatic transmission of the Q7 makes shifting very smooth and easy.
The best part is that the transmission conversion goes by unnoticed which is not attained in other gear-based transmission control cars. The tires have an appropriate tread depth that gives the SUV a firm grip. All season tires P255/55R19S make the rider smooth so if comfort is a top priority, then Audi Q7 is definitely the best in the market that reduces the bounciness on rides at inclined surfaces. The steering is sophisticated whilst the adaptive suspension engineering is mind-blowing as it is 9.3 inches above the ground.
Driving diesel version:
The diesel engine is driven Q7 has an initial turbo lag but after this, it revs hard and fast. The power, however, is transmitted with a subdued rumble. Just press the gas pedal and you will realize the beastly power of this athletic SUV. Excessive fuel consumption of the V-6 engine is a major drawback. 27 mpg on the highways and also approximately 18 mpg on the city roads is the expected fuel economy. So if you live in a country where the gas rates are high, the latest Q7 may not be too economical. However, the response of the V-6 engine is lightning fast as compared to the diesel counterpart. Finally, maneuvering the 2017 Audi Q7 is extremely smooth. The advanced safety features, advanced electronics, and superb ergonomics make 2017 Audi Q7 a monstrous athletic vehicle and a perfectly safe luxurious SUV at the same time.
2017 Audi Q7 – Trim Levels and Price:
There are three trim levels:
- Q7 Premium that has a base price of $56,000;
- Q7 Premium Plus has a starting price of $60,000; and
- Q7 Prestige has a starting price of $65,500.