Our confidence in the vehicle increased even more as we transitioned from the snow and back into the heavy rain and wind of the Bay Area. With ‘high wind warnings’ posted and trees slanted sideways, again the Q7 was unfazed. The Q7’s optional Adaptive Suspension also helped make the vehicle even more stable by giving it a lower profile. Overall, we were impressed by how calm and composed the Q7 performed with its wonderfully smooth driving experience. It was an absolute pleasure to drive in some of the most intolerable weather.
Most Memorable Feature
For me, this feature is simply outstanding and requires its own heading. The Bang & Olufsen stereo sound system is absolutely phenomenal. It’s a 14 speaker audio system capable of delivering over 1,000 watts of crisp, clear, pure sound. As described on the Audi website, it is “more than a sound system built into a car. The system is the ultimate driving and listening experience – a concert hall on wheels.” I couldn’t agree more.
The sound quality was absolutely beautiful no matter the genre of music. And you can adjust the sound focal point to either the front or rear areas, giving a noticeable difference in that “live concert” feeling. I wish I could install this system into my own vehicle. Yes, it’s a $6,300 optional feature. But if you love music, pay the extra cash and start Bang-ing. It’s well worth the extra money.
For anyone in the market for a brand new luxury SUV from Audi, value is likely to quite low on the list of considerations. And when the Premium base model pricing starts at $46,250 and can cost upwards of $69,127 for our decked out Prestige test model, value needs to be considered in a broad sense – by comparing the Q7 to other vehicles in its class and price-range. Even though the Q7 is one of the more expensive and heavier of the SUVs in its class, it still compares well to the others, especially with its new-and-improved 333 hp V6 engine, fuel economy, and a great warranty.
The ideal Q7 buyer would be someone not too interested in price, but rather someone who desires an attractive, high quality vehicle with lots of sophisticated luxury items. Overall, the Q7 delivers a very attractive package and offers a secure, confident ride. If you’re in the market for a luxury SUV, take the Audi Q7 into consideration for your next vehicle. It’s easy to fall in love with the Q7 and everything it has to offer.
|Comparison||2011 Audi Q7 3.0T S line||2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium||2011 Touareg V6 TSI||2011 Porsche Cayenne Tiptronic||2011 Acura MDX||2011 Lexus RX350|
|Engine||333 hp, 325 lbs-ft
3.0L V6 Engine
|300 hp, 300 lbs-ft
3.0L Twin-Turbo 6 Cylinder Engine
|333 hp, 325 lbs-ft
3.0L V6 Engine
|300 hp, 295 lbs-ft
3.6L V6 Engine
|300 hp, lbs-ft
3.7L V6 Engine
|275 hp, 257 lbs-ft
3.5L V6 Engine
|8-Speed Tiptronic Automatic/
|8-Speed Automatic/AWD||8-Speed Tiptronic Automatic/
|8-Speed Tiptronic Automatic/AWD||6-Speed Automatic/AWD||6-Speed Automatic/AWD|
|Curb Weight||5192 lbs||4960 lbs||5135 lbs||4475 lbs||4620 lbs||4343 lbs|
|Overall Length x Width x Height||200.3 x 85.7 x 68.4 inches||191.1 x 76.2 x 69.9 inches||188.8 x 76.4 x 68.2 inches||190.8 x 76.3 x 67.4 inches||191.6 x 78.5 x 68.2 inches||187.8 x 74.2 x 67.7 inches|
|Wheelbase||118.2 inches||115.5 inches||113.9 inches||114.0 inches||108.3 inches||107.9 inches|
|Basic Warranty||4 yrs/50,000 miles||4 yrs/50,000 miles||3 yrs/36,000 miles||4 yrs/50,000 miles||4 yrs/50,000 miles||4 yrs/50,000 miles|