Audi arrived rather late to the luxury SUV party. Despite showing up about 10 years after other manufacturers got started, the 2007 Audi Q7 makes a grand debut. Its heavy weight prevents the impressive engines from doing its job, but the Q7 has such excellent handling that it is forgiven for this mistake. It also comes with plenty of luxury features that will have drivers focused more on comfort than whether they can outrun that sports sedan in the other lane. The 2007 Audi Q7 comes in four trim levels. The 4.2 versions offer considerably more power. If you enjoy luxury features, opt for a Premium model.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Audi Q7 3.6 Quattro, Audi Q7 3.6 Premium Quattro, Audi Q7 4.2 Quattro, Audi Q7 4.2 Premium Quattro
This is the first year for the Audi Q7.
The 2007 Audi Q7 is built like a tank, but it has the aesthetics of a luxury vehicle. Sleek curves and large wheels give the Q7 a commanding appearance on the road. A gently-sloped rear means that consumers lose a bit of headroom for the third row seats, but it also creates a challenging aesthetic that combines modern design with a retro sensibility.
The 2007 Audi Q7 has an impressive interior that offers plenty of space and quality materials. The Q7's three rows of seating can accommodate either six or seven passengers, depending on which trim level is chosen. The third row, however, is quite cramped and only suitable for children. While some owners will find this annoying, it’s common among vehicles in this class.
The 2007 Q7 also offers plenty of cargo space. The second and third rows fold down to create 88 cubic feet of space. That's quite competitive in the large SUV market and considerably more than what drivers will find in smaller SUVs. This luxury SUV comes with plenty of standard features that make the ride more enjoyable. Audi's Multi-Media Interface comes standard, making it easier for drivers to control the vehicle's entertainment and navigation systems without losing control, whereas the navigation system only comes standard at the premium trim levels. It also features power front seats with memory function and an automatic dual-zone climate control system. If consumers opt for a premium trim level, they also get heated front and rear seats, a sunroof, satellite radio, an extra air-conditioner for the rear seats, and park assist with a rearview camera. The Q7 has a long list of optional features and packages. You can also choose to add premium features to the base model.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Audi Q7 comes with one of two engines. The 3.6-liter V-6 offers 288 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The 4.2-liter V-8 offers improved performance with 350 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. While both of these engines include direct fuel injection that makes them quite powerful, the Q7's performance is hindered by its heavy weight. At more than 5000 pounds, this SUV requires a strong motor. The V-8 clearly outperforms the V-6. While the V-8 can get you from zero to 60 mph in about eight seconds, the V-6 will take 10 seconds.
The 2007 Audi Q7's heavy weight doesn't seem to impact its handling. All-wheel drive offers plenty of traction that puts the driver in control on slippery surfaces and sharp turns. Choose a Q7 with adaptive air suspension and you get even better results. The Q7 offers three suspension modes for varying preferences and road conditions. Putting the Q7 in ""dynamic"" mode significantly improves its handling on winding roads, even at high speeds.
The 2007 Audi Q7 comes loaded with safety features. Standard features include tire-pressure monitoring, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, side airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for passengers in the cabin's rear, and a stability control system that offers rollover detection and hill descent control. Buyers can also choose to add extra safety features to the 2007 Q7. Seat-mounted airbags that protect the second row are optional. Audi's Side Assist is also optional. Side Assist tells the driver when other vehicles have entered the Q7's blind spots.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi Q7 3.6 Quattro: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Audi Q7 3.6 Premium Quattro: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Audi Q7 4.2 Quattro: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Audi Q7 4.2 Premium Quattro: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- Sporty handling
- Many luxury features come standard
- Terrific safety features
- Interior design shows superb craftsmanship
You Won't Like
- Heavy weight kills fuel economy
- No rear-seat DVD system as a factory option
Offers a wealth of luxury features, excellent handling, and a safe ride that makes it worthy of any family's consideration.
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