After a close to two-year hiatus, the Audi Q7 is again in India. And far has modified because it was final on sale.
Audi’s India line-up has seen loads of churn over the previous two years, with many acquainted fashions bowing out over the transition to BS6 norms, solely to return later in ‘new and improved’ avatar. The Q7 you see right here is the newest returnee to the Audi vary.
Speaking factors embrace revised styling, a redone inside, extra options and, crucially, the shift to petrol-only energy. A sticker job this ain’t.
What’s it like on the skin?
Clear reduce and athletic, the second-gen Audi Q7 is an enormous departure in appears to be like from the unique large and burly Q7. This facelifted Gen 2 mannequin brings again a few of the visible drama of the OG Q7.
Bigger grille with vertical slats lend the Q7 added flash worth.
The focus up entrance is undoubtedly the bigger, extra in-your-face grille. Outlined in chrome and embellished by vertical slats, the grille is large on flash and therefore polarising, however it additionally singlehandedly provides the Q7 extra presence. Additionally new are the sharper reduce and bigger headlamps that sport a brand new LED mild signature, and in addition placed on a slick mild present on locking/unlocking. A brand new bumper with bigger air dams completes the redone entrance finish.
There’s been no alteration to the 5m-long Q7’s primary excessive using wagon-like form, and stylistic modifications on the sides are restricted too. The foot board and stylised sills you see on our check car are among the many elective equipment you may add to jazz up your Q7, although extra engaging wheels could be numero uno on our record of enhancements; the usual match 19-inch rims are simply too easy in appears to be like.
19-inch alloys look boring. Chunky 255/55 R19 tyres are absorbent.
On the again, the Q7 sports activities slimmer full LED back lights which might be set amid a flatter tail gate. A full width chrome strip up high and one other one decrease down on the restyled bumper are new too.
What’s it like on the within?
From the driving force’s seat, there’s little to hyperlink the 2022 Q7 to the mannequin that launched in 2015. Audi has gone the space to alter the complete dashboard with the dual touchscreen association bringing the Q7’s inside in step with the newest high-end Audis. There is a 10.1-inch display for ceaselessly accessed features and an 8.6-inch touchscreen decrease down for the local weather management system. Whereas the screens are slickly built-in, clean to make use of and even characteristic haptic suggestions, the decrease one does require you to momentarily take your eyes off the highway for even a easy adjustment.
Higher display is for infotainment whereas decrease display is for local weather management.
The third display of curiosity is for the digital dials. The Q7 makes use of the newest ‘Digital Cockpit’ that brings in crisper graphics with the identical performance. You may toggle between totally different layouts, together with one which exhibits a full display map, although it could have been nicer nonetheless if it may show Google Maps navigation too.
Full display map one among many screens on Digital Cockpit digital dials.
The trio of screens and tastefully accomplished ambient lighting (there are 30 colors to select from) come collectively to present the cabin a really new-age look, and there isn’t any faulting cabin high quality both. Every little thing feels plush and wealthy.
Drivers will just like the view out (helped by the low sprint sill) and their seats for consolation. Center row occupants are additionally properly catered to. The second row seats are properly cushioned, are adjustable for backrest angle when set at their rearmost place, and supply heaps by means of legroom. The massive home windows and panoramic sunroof add to the ethereal feeling inside.
Nonetheless, the Q7’s third row stays a little bit of a miss. The damped motion of the center row seat fold is good, however the ensuing aperture to the very again is not the most important and house there may be restricted. It is high-quality for youths and acceptable for medium-sized adults on quick stints, however a no-no for anybody bigger.
Third row is a good match for giant adults. Seating is knees-up too.
With all seats up, there’s house for tender luggage. Folding the third row seats down opens up 865 litres of room, and there is even the choice to fold the second row down, taking baggage room to an enormous 2,050 litres. Notably, the spare tyre that used to come back awkwardly mounted vertically throughout the cabin is now not included. Audi says the change to run-flat tyres does away with the necessity for a spare tyre.
What options does it get?
The 2022 Audi Q7 will likely be out there in Premium Plus and Expertise trims, and you would be finest suggested to spend the little further for the latter. Options unique to the Q7 Expertise embrace Matrix LED headlamps, an air perfume bundle, a crisp sounding 19-speaker B&O sound system, good 3D parking cameras that present an augmented actuality picture of your car in its surrounding and an auto park characteristic that not solely steers the car into place but in addition controls accelerator and brake inputs.
Panoramic sunroof is normal match on the Q7.
As normal, the Q7 will get a panoramic sunroof, adaptive air suspension, four-zone local weather management, adjustable ambient lighting, powered entrance seats, digital cockpit digital dials, twin touchscreens with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Patrons can even go for a rear seat leisure bundle from Audi’s equipment record.
By way of security tools, the newest Q7 will get eight airbags and ESC, amongst different digital aids, and in addition options lane preserve help with steering intervention.
What’s it prefer to drive?
For many who affiliate large SUVs with large diesel engines, this is able to be the best time to reiterate that the Q7 is a petrol-only mannequin now. That charming 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine is gone for good. Nonetheless, Audi has a high-quality substitute within the 3.0-litre, turbo-petrol V6 that makes 340hp and 500Nm.
Out goes the 45 TDI V6 diesel and in comes the 55 TFSI V6 petrol engine.
The engine is the robust and silent sort, working quiet in common metropolis circumstances, however ever prepared with extra to present for a fast overtake. It does not fairly have the identical reserve of energy because the outdated V6 diesel engine, however the engine feels versatile and readily modifications character must you need extra from it. There is a muted snarl from the engine bay if you press tougher and acceleration is brisk by way of the rev vary. Audi claims a 0-100kph time of 5.9 seconds which is kind of one thing for an SUV so massive. Maybe extra relavant for typical consumers is that the Q7 is a relaxed cruiser and gobbles massive distances with seemingly little effort. The 8-speed gearbox goes by way of the ratios unobtrusively too.
Comfy journey and wonderful noise insulation make Q7 a soothing lengthy distance cruiser.
As earlier than, the good sound-deadening that successfully cuts outdoors sounds deserves point out. And once more, simply as earlier than, the Q7 appears like a simple large SUV to drive relatively than an outright entertaining large SUV to drive. Positive, there are modes for the steering, engine, gearbox and all, however you’d discover that the Q7 feels finest in its comfort-oriented settings. Grip ranges are good and it turns neatly too.
Experience consolation stays one of many Q7’s strengths with the air suspension and chunky 255/55 R19 tyres softening the blow from the worst of our roads. There’s the choice to boost journey top ought to you could clear an impediment on the way in which to your farmhouse and there is Quattro all-wheel drive ought to issues get difficult in inclement climate.
Must you purchase one?
That the Audi Q7 is a petrol-only mannequin means it will not be within the consideration set of many consumers. Nonetheless, with developments just like the 10-year registration validity on diesels in markets like Delhi, and the night out of petrol and diesel costs, there may be additionally a rising purchaser base open to the concept of going petrol.
Tail lights are full LED models and have swiping dynamic flip indicators.
And it’s this lot of consumers who will discover a high-quality large SUV within the up to date Q7. The updates inside and outside have drastically enhanced the Q7’s enchantment and the petrol engine may be very likeable in its personal proper. It isn’t probably the most snug three-row SUV or probably the most entertaining mannequin of its sort, however anybody on the lookout for a refined and stress-free luxurious SUV will likely be charmed by the brand new Q7.
We count on costs for the brand new Q7 within the Rs 80 lakh-90 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom) bracket.