The Q7 was Audi's first foray into the SUV segment, but since its debut the automaker has added the Q5, a smaller and less expensive SUV. The Q7 comes in five-, six- or seven-seat configurations and can be equipped with a gas or diesel V-6. The Q7 competes with the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Acura MDX.
New for 2011
The 3.6-liter V-6 and 4.2-liter V-8 engines are gone, replaced by a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 272 horsepower in the 3.0T models and 333 hp in the 3.0T S line package. A 3.0-liter diesel V-6 returns, and all three engines team with a new eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.
Adaptive xenon headlights are standard on the TDI (diesel) Prestige and 3.0T S line, and a dark-tint panoramic sunroof is now included in the Warm Weather Package. Exterior Features Include:
- Available panoramic sunroof
- Available power liftgate
- 18-, 19-, 20- or 21-inch wheels available, depending on trim level
Ventilated front seats and HD radio are standard on the 3.0T S line and TDI Prestige, and the latter also gets adaptive cruise control as a new option. A six-disc CD changer is no longer standard and has been replaced by additional storage under the armrest. The Q7 comes with seats for five standard and can fit up to seven with an optional third-row seat, and both rear rows fold flat to provide additional storage space. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather seating surfaces are optional. The Q7 has 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space when the second-row seats are folded down. Audi's Multi Media Interface information and navigation system now features enhanced voice activation, so you can speak commands such as "I need gas" or "I need coffee," and the computer will map your closest options. Interior Features Include:
- Available TV tuner
- Available powered rear cargo cover
- 14-speaker stereo system optional
Under the Hood
The Q7's powertrain lineup includes two new gasoline V-6s and a carryover 3.0-liter diesel, all of which team with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Last year, all models had a six-speed automatic.
- 272-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged gas V-6 in 3.0T models
- 333-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged gas V-6 in 3.0T S line
- 3.0-liter diesel V-6 generates 225 hp and 406 pounds-feet of torque
- Permanent all-wheel drive standard on all models
The Q7 has standard side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for all three rows and an electronic stability system. Optional safety equipment includes:
- Rearview camera
- Radar-based adaptive cruise control
- Lane assistance feature that ensures Q7 stays in its lane
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