The Audi Q7 is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV unveiled in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production of the Q7 began in autumn of 2005 in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is the first SUV offering from Audi and went on sale in 2007. Later, Audi’s second SUV, the Q5, was unveiled as a 2009 model. Audi has since unveiled a third SUV model, the Q3, going on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2011.
The Q7 (internally designated Typ 4L) utilizes a modified version of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. Previewed by the Audi Pikes Peak quattro concept car, the Q7 is designed more for on-road use, and was not meant for serious off-road use where a transfer case is needed. In an off road test through the Australian outback it fared well for a “soft roader”. Although it lacks a low-range transfer case, it has quattro permanent four wheel drive system with a central differential lock, and an adjustable-height air suspension which helps in off road situations.
Q7 offers a feature marketed as AMI, or Audi Music Interface, to allow user manipulation of an iPod or similar MP3-style player, which can play through the main sound system. Q7 was the first Audi model to offer Side Assist, a type of blind-spot detection and warning system.
ModelEngine TypePowerEmissions CO2(g/Km)0–100 km/h(sec)top speed(Km/h)Consumptions(Km/l)
3.0 TFSI quattro Tiptronic 272Petrol 2995200 Kw (272 hp)2497.92229.3
3.0 TFSI quattro Tiptronic 333Petrol 2995245 Kw (333 hp)2496.92439.3
3.0 TDI V6 quattro TiptronicDiesel 2967150 Kw (204 hp)1899.120213.9
3.0 TDI Clean Diesel quattro TiptronicDiesel 2967180 Kw (245 hp)1958.021513.5
4.2 TDI V8 quattro TiptronicDiesel 4134250 Kw (340 hp)2426.424210.9
6.0 TDI V12 quattro TiptronicDiesel 5934368 Kw (500 hp)2985.52508.8
Despite its multiple airbags and safety electronics, such as Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), the Q7 scored only four stars out of five in the Euro NCAP crash test for adult occupant protection. According to Audi, this was caused by a design error, and has since been fixed in cars manufactured after the test which should allegedly lead to five stars. Official tests to prove this remain to be done as of March 2009.
However in the United States, the Q7 received five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety test for both front and side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Q7 its Top Safety Pick, with Good ratings in all 14 measured categories of the front and side impact test.