By Cars.com EditorsMay 13, 2009
About the video
Cars.com's Mike Hanley walks you through the 2007 Audi Q7. The Q7 competes with the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.
Hi, I'm Mike Hanley with cars.com. This is the Audi Q7. The Q7 is Audi's first ever SUV, and it comes a little late to the luxury SUV party, but let's take a look and see what it has to offer.
The Q7 doesn't really look like your traditional SUV, it actually looks more like a giant wagon. It reminds me of an Audi A6 wagon on steroids. You can see Audi's integrated the big front grill that the brand's known for. And the Q7 can also have 20 inch wheels, which this model has. And you can go even larger to 21 inch wheels. The Q7 comes standard with Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system, and you get a choice of two engines. There is an optional V8 engine that makes 350 horsepower, but most buyers should be satisfied with this engine, right here, it's the base V6 that makes 280 horsepower and it moves this SUV fairly well. The inside of the Q7 features Audi's characteristically good materials and attention to detail. Fit and finish on this car is very good. You can see here it features Audi's multimedia interface control system, which is used to control things like audio, navigation, and car settings. I'll go into more detail in a separate high-tech features video, but that's the brief overview. There's also some questionable elements too, like a button on the center dash that's used to release the glove box right here. It doesn't close the glove box door, it just releases it, which is kind of puzzling. The Q7 can hold up to five people in standard form, it can come with an optional third row seat, which I'll show you in a minute. But right here in the second row, it has a slide feature like many seats have in SUV's. What we like is that the reclined feature is nice and low over here on the side. So you don't have to reach around and try and recline it from levers up here. Accessing the third row is a matter of sliding forward the second row seat. You can do that by lifting forward on this handle here, and then the whole seat slides forward and out of the way, it gives you access to the third row. I tried getting back there, but I've done that before, it's really tight. And Audi says the seat's only designed for people five feet four and shorter. So that's a quick overview of Audi's Q7 SUV, and the model you see here is about $55,000, which puts it in the thick of the luxury SUV market. That includes competitors like the BMW X5, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport. <v Announcer>For additional information on this car, or any other, go to cars.com and our blog Kicking Tires.