...a towing package, a cold weather package (which includes a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats), a panoramic sunroof, extra interior leather coverage and four-zone climate control. The 4.2 can also be had with second-row captain's chairs, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, an adaptive air suspension and adaptive cruise control. Powertrains and Performance: Beneath the Q7's hood lies a choice of three engines: a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 280 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, a 4.2-liter V8 that's good for 350 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, or a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6...
...and both rear seats fold flat to provide additional storage space. The Multi Media Interface system uses a video screen and controls things such as audio settings, navigation (if equipped) and many other vehicle functions. Standard leather seats Standard in-dash six-CD audio system Base 3.6 includes the Audi Premium Sound System Sirius Satellite Radio, trip computer, telescoping front sun visors, and available advanced MMI 3.6 Premium adds rear parking sensors, a power liftgate and Bluetooth phone connectivity Front parking sensors and a rearview camera are available options on the Q7 Premium...
...The disadvantages, such as smoke, noise and poor acceleration, are gone. Our Q7, Audi's flagship SUV, with seven-passenger seating, nimble handling and a luxury-car interior, averaged better than 21 miles per gallon. The Q7 base model has a 3.6-liter gas-powered V-8, and there's a 4.2-liter V-8 offered. The diesel V-6, which is only 3.0 liters, can tow up to 6,600 pounds, which is more than even the gasoline V-8 can handle. That V-8 is EPA-rated at 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, while the diesel is rated at 17 mpg city, 25 mph highway. While the base-model Q7 with the 3.6-liter V-6 starts at...
...It's not the easiest system I've ever used, but it's definitely not the most complicated, either. The gauges are easy to read, and the steering-wheel-mounted controls make it even easier to keep your hands on the wheel. My test vehicle had the TDI S Line Package ($1,200), which, in addition to the larger wheels, gave me the sport steering wheel with perforated leather wrapping, contrast color stitching and paddle shifters that I never used. Storage is adequate, but not abundant in the front seats. There's one ready cupholder and another beneath an armrest. The center console bin is on the...
...The problem is that the Q7 is loud — too loud for luxury buyers. I like to hear the engine when I drive, but I'm in the minority; I'd be shocked if any luxury buyer wanted to hear a peep from the engine. It's not that the diesel sounds like a clattering diesel engine of old, it's just that you can hear the motor. That's out of place for this segment. Handling the City, Parking Lots & Highways Simply put, the Q7 drives smaller than it is. It's easy to drive on narrow roads, and the excellent visibility simplified passing and merging on the highway because it's easy to judge distances. The...
...but increased range, which in turn reduces the number of trips to the pump.Under the Q7's hood lies one of three engines: a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 280 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, a 4.2-liter V8, and at some point soon the new 3.0-liter diesel V6 good for an estimated 221 hp and 369 lb-ft. All trims come with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive, and all engines are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Expect a 0-60 time of 8.3 seconds for the V8 and about 10 seconds for the gas V6. Properly equipped, the Q7 can tow 6,600 pounds. Fuel economy for the 2009...
...It feels agile and athletic on winding roads where its bulk is well disguised. This cabin is crafted in the style that has made Audi a leader in interior design. The surface textures are elegant and rich. Brushed aluminum is used as an accent. The gauges are easy to read, and controls are logical and nicely weighted. The split-folding third seat doesn't have a great deal of legroom, and getting into it can be a challenge. Audi's MMI multimedia controller on the center console operates the audio, climate control, navigation and basic vehicle functions. MMI is easier to operate than BMW's...
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