Drive the SUV with a genius IQ
HOW THE GERMANS can make a very understated looking car while endowing it with the aggressiveness and authority that only a Teutonic design can impart never ceases to amaze me.
Case in point: the new Audi Q7 2021. It has one of the sleekest and cleanest designs in the automobile. No macho wing flares, no superfluous curves, no stray character lines – just an elegantly minimalist design that nonetheless conveys an aura of luxury and strength.
Much of the credit, of course, goes to that towering Audi Singleframe and those nasty – and highly efficient – looking HD Matrix LED headlights (which effectively double the high beam distance of most cars with precision. amazing). But the vehicle itself, even in a very understated dark blue, turns a lot of heads with its sizable proportions. The seven-seater Q7 is 5,063mm long and 2,212mm wide (including side mirrors). Its wheelbase is 2,995mm, much longer than most popular seven-passenger SUVs, giving the Q7 more cabin space than its direct competitors. Even the third row occupants of the Q7 can sit in true spacious luxury.
The 2021 Audi Q7 TDI sports the mid-cycle facelift of the current second-generation model. The first generation model debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005, while the second generation model was released in 2015. The side air intakes and sill area of the new Q7 have a lot line. more expressive, emphasizing the ground clearance and off-road capabilities of the vehicle. . The luminous signature of the LED headlights emphasizes the width of the model, while the chrome strip of the redesigned rear and the flat taillights with technical-looking graphics connect to the horizontal line of the body. The refreshed styling is complemented by 20-inch cast aluminum wheels in the shape of a 5-V-spoke turbine.
Plenty of storage compartments and cavernous luggage space – even with the third row seats up – give the Q7 superb versatility. The finely crafted interior combines luxury with practical features that make the driving and driving experience more rewarding and absolutely stress-free. The Q7’s cockpit architecture seamlessly integrates a new digital operating system highlighted by two large touchscreens that provide haptic and acoustic feedback for their touch controls. When switched off, the top screen fits almost invisibly into the large black decorative surface. All other elements are logically arranged in the true German tradition. There is a learning curve to negotiate with the interface if you are used to Japanese cars, but the transition is easier if you are used to European vehicles.
High-end cabin features include the Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus (with a high-resolution color information display), MMI navigation Plus with MMI tactile response, multifunctional three-spoke leather steering with a flat bottom and pleasant to take in hand. steering wheel with paddle shifters, a superb Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, LED mood lighting package, four-zone automatic climate control and Audi music interface for the rear seat.
The three rows of seats can be individually slid forward or backward and the seat backs can be reclined. The middle section of the second row seats can be folded down to create a wide armrest and bulkhead for the outboard seats, effectively transforming the backrest into a business class-like suite. A power tailgate is fitted as standard. Worthy of a true luxury SUV, the new Q7 features power-locking, soft-close doors. The luggage compartment offers up to 2,050 liters of space (with the second and third row seats folded down), creating an entirely flat cargo area.
The safety equipment of the Q7 is even higher, including full-size front airbags, airbags on the outer sides of the front and rear passengers, Isofix child seat mounts, Parking aid Plus with display 360-degree tire pressure monitoring, advanced traction and stability control systems and numerous driver assistance technologies.
The new Audi Q7 is powered by a surreal and extremely powerful 3.0-liter V6 TDI turbocharged diesel engine that develops 286 hp and an impressive 600 Nm of torque – enough to propel the Q7 almost three tons from rest to 100 km / h in just 6.3 seconds. Added to this is an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, which sends engine power to the Quattro all-wheel drive system. But despite the immense power output, the power delivered by the car is incredibly linear and smooth. There is no sudden, unsettling thrust – just smooth, strong, relentless acceleration, almost like a super jumbo Airbus A380 taking off from a runway.
Even more dynamic performance is the impressive blend of a luxurious ride with responsive handling and easy to modulate brakes, which allow you to decelerate quickly from high speed without occupants flying forward against their feet. seat belts. It is true sweetness in all aspects.
Making the engine more efficient is a mild hybrid system that uses a belt-driven starter-alternator to power a 48-volt main electrical system, in which a compact lithium-ion battery stores energy. The system can recover energy during braking and then use it to allow the vehicle to run for up to 40 seconds with the engine off. The engine restarts immediately as soon as the accelerator is depressed.
All in all, the Audi Q7 is more than your stereotypical luxury product. It transcends mere branding and exclusivity by offering cutting-edge technology, unmatched performance and almost opulent levels of luxury. And the beauty of it is that it conveys it all not by shouting it out to the world, but by confidently and effortlessly delivering all of these values in a low-key but distinguished way.