The 2008 Q7 tries to revive the original interpretation of a full-size crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) through elegant style and amazing appeal. It maintains plenty of space for passengers and cargo, giving it a good amount of overall utility. This premium-brand SUV also comes packed with luxury-based perks and technology-enhanced convenience features. The actual pull and power of the large V-8 is not as substantial as some of the crossover competitors, but the Q7’s real draw comes in the form of a very roomy third-row seat and moderately impressive fuel economy for such a large SUV-based vehicle. Agile handling helps the Q7 easily maneuver within restrictive city streets.
The 2008 Audi Q7 serves as a larger vehicle with more style and functionality than overall sporty offroad driving.
Body Styles: full-size crossover SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with manual-shift control
Models: Audi Q7 3.6 Quattro, Audi Q7 3.6 Premium Quattro, Audi Q7 4.2 Premium Quattro
The Audi Q7 debuted in 2007 as the manufacturer's first foray into the SUV category. Since the vehicle is so new to the market, alterations to the 2008 model remain rather limited. A few feature and trim level updates improve this particular model. The base 3.6, 3.6 Premium, and 4.2 Premium models all have extra standard features to increase overall luxury. The base 4.2 model has been dropped from the lineup for 2008.
The Audi Q7’s exterior style looks relatively conservative for a crossover SUV. It sits low in the foundation, which helps with handling and looks pleasant, but it also means that the Q7 is not very suitable for real offroad driving. This element gets accentuated by sloping D-pillars to give the overall look an almost coupe-like feel. A prominent grille with the traditional Audi four-ring badging almost completely dominates the front end of the vehicle. Audi offers few ways to personalize the exterior of the 2008 Q7. Yet, the buyer can choose from a variety of alloy wheel sizes from 18-inch to 21-inch with individual selections by the inch between the two extremes.
The Audi Q7 is rather large in physical size, giving it significant cargo space. Up to seven occupants can comfortably sit within the Q7. The leather upholstery and wood trim on the center console add a sense of elegance and luxury. Cargo space seems pretty impressive in its natural state, but both rear seats fold flat to provide additional storage room.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Audi Q7 has two engine options, depending on the model selection. Both 3.6 models have a 3.6-liter V-6 that creates 280 horsepower and 266 lb-feet of torque. The 4.2 Premium model includes a 4.2-liter V-8 with 350 horsepower and 325 lb-feet of torque. A standard six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift control pairs with both engines. Even though both engines do not have as much acceleration power as they should, the Q7 can actually tow up to 6600 pounds when properly equipped.
Like all Audi vehicles, the Q7 strives to have numerous safety options. Standard safety features for the 2008 Q7 include anti-lock brakes, stability control with hill decent control and rollover detection, and traction control. In the event of a crash, the Q7 has front occupant whiplash protection, side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers, and front-seat side airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi Q7 V-6: 14/20 mpg city/highway
Audi Q7 V-8: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- Sport-oriented handling
- High-tech luxury features
- Appealing interior design
You Won't Like
- Cramped third-row seat
- Heavy weight lowers fuel economy
A very stylish design and sporty handling, despite its structural drawbacks for passengers.
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