Saturday, August 15, 2015

Second Generation Audi Q7

2016 Audi Q7

This is the brand new Audi Q7, and when they said brand new, they really mean it because what you're looking at here is the second-generation model of Audi's first sports utility vehicle that likes to tackle its opposition with whatever it can throw from its disposal. Starting at 58,000 Euros, the new Q7 features some of the newest features never before seen not just in an Audi but also the rest of the other cars but we'll talk about it later but first, the design.

2016 Audi Q7

2016 Audi Q7 interior

2016 Audi Q7 interior

At first glance, the new design isn't as pleasant as with the other full size SUVs because most full size SUVs of today trying to look as odd as possible and when people look at it, they do have one opinion in common. Yes, this new car look daintily odd and less charismatic than the previous model it replaces. Notice the squarish rear lamps? Looks like a child's toy where you'll have to put the correct shape but even though this is an ultra-expensive luxury utility vehicle, the new design looks cheap in my mind. On the interior, this is where the skeptics will eat their words because even though it's a discorded mess, it's more tech-savvy than the old model. You can also expect the Audi virtual cockpit instrumental panel that you get in newer Audis as well as Audi connect with 4G mobile internet, which sounds so nice.

But the tech fest doesn't stop there because for the new Q7, Audi introduced world's first features such as Predictive Efficiency Assist, Turning Assistant, and Exit Warning system. It is the first to adapt FlexRay optical fiber data bus technology, which takes advantage of all electronics as well as its new MMI, Adaptive Air Suspension, and tons of driver assistance systems.  It also comes with Avoidance Assistant, adaptive cruise control, Multi Collision brake assist, Modular Infotainment Matrix, and All-wheel steering. There are so many new features to list on the new Q7 but let's hope Audi's too sure about the gizmo overload because I might be terrified that some of its features are heavily compromised inside and out.

2016 Audi Q7

What about driving? Well, since this is an all-new car, the body is all new thanks to its brand new platform, new chassis, and a major deduction of 325kg in curb weight, making it the lightest in its class. Sounds like Boobsie's left the building from us and because with all that weight loss, the new Q7 now handles like an Audi A8, meaning all of its executive saloon feel is now enamored in this full-size SUV, and it's not even bad on the rough terrain it traverses.

Engine choices include a 3.0L TFSi engine with 333PS of power and 440Nm of torque, a 3.0L TDi ultra that promises a combined 18.2km/L of fuel economy, and a 3.0L TDi engine producing 600Nm of torque. All of the engines are mated with an hefty 8-speed tiptronic transmission. Bear that in mind that when it comes to speed and power, best be off with a turbocharged 3.0L petrol for a while but if its fuel efficiency you're after, you can go for the 3.0L TDi ultra engine because it gets you through the extra mile.

So, what's to like about the new Q7? Well, it's about the improved dynamics that handles like an full-size executive-saloon, an array of tech new to us, and its engine choices well balanced for any occasion. Things I don't like include its bizarre design, the new tech feels more compromised to us inside out, and it's somewhat expensive for a 58,000 Euro starting price. Now, what if you can compare that to the latest-generation Volvo XC90? This could be more exciting than re-watching Winter Olympics stuff...

Available colors: CarraraweiƟ, Tiefschwarz, Argusbraun Metallic, Florettsilber Metallic, GletscherweiƟ Metallic, Graphitgrau Metallic, Karatbeige Metallic, Orcaschwarz Metallic, Tintenblau Metallic, and Daytonagrau Perleffekt.

Photo: Audi AG

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