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2022 Audi Q7 Petrol 55TFSI First Drive Review

Why would I buy one?

  • Smooth and powerful powertrain
  • Comfortable five-seater SUV

Why don’t I buy one?

  • The cabin is not quite indulgent
  • Only one petrol engine option available

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Audi has played its game well in India with the Q7 being one of its most premium cars, even outpacing some of its rivals. This SUV is not only praised for its size and space, but also for its ability phệ operate on both road and terrain. This time around, the automaker has taken its latest version phệ the next màn chơi with updated styling, design and features. However, it only comes with petrol powertrain, unlike the diesel version of its predecessor. Although it lacks a bit of frugal now, it is certainly on par in terms of performance and ability. Rather superior, for what it brings phệ the table.

Engine and performance

8/10

Shot Engine

Powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine producing 335hp and 500Nm, it’s more powerful than the previous Q7 BS6 which came with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 248hp and 370Nm. Even for that matter, the 245-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 diesel. Unfortunately, diesel powertrains are no longer available with the model change phệ petrol and electric cars. However, this petrol version still has various benefits.

Three quarters front left

The extra power doesn’t push you back into the seat, and when moving from a standstill, the turbo engine kicks in phệ the beat. Audi claims the Q7 can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds, which is amazing for a mammoth weighing more than two tons. And it’s pretty reliable, giving good throttle response and smooth eight-speed shifts that follow phệ get into the right gear with the always-on power. Furthermore, ample torque provides enough power phệ go even at around 1,500 rpm. Besides that, it started phệ reach a speed that quickly passed the 2,000 rpm mark. All this while the engine is super silent and the cabin feels quiet too, due phệ good NVH levels inside. It just gets past 3,500 rpm when the V6 is up and running, bringing in more music than noise.

Rear left three quarters

Let’s not forget that driving modes such as auto, comfort, efficiency, terrain, road, dynamic and individual alter the engine characteristics, throttle response, transmission, steering and suspension system. However, the biggest advantage is the powerful engine that helps the Q7 progress quickly unlike the petrol version. Whether city or highway, the eight-speed transmission’s unique stacking ratios allow for smooth gear changes. It is even possible phệ quickly release one or two gears while setting the pedal phệ increase speed. And if you want phệ take control yourself, there are paddle shifters and the option phệ switch phệ S or manual mode. Here, you can accelerate until it exceeds its red line at 6,400 rpm. That will rarely happen, though, as the SUV easily navigates at triple-digit speeds within 3,000 rpm while keeping it fairly quiet. Something phệ be expected from a car like this.

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Ride and Handle

8.5 / 10

Wheel

Like the upcoming Q7, this one also features adaptive suspension, which ensures a comfortable ride. With its high-end positioning and luxury proposition, it will mostly be in high-rise buildings with hardly any off-road activities. However, unreliable road conditions in our country can expose an unknown territory and so you have a ‘Quattro’. It’s Audi’s renowned AWD technology that, together with torque distribution and electronic assistance, will get you out of a difficult situation. Off-road mode also helps phệ improve the suspension and limit the vehicle’s speed. The Q7 nonetheless offers a luxurious ride that absorbs bumps easily at slow speeds. Even at high speed, it feels a bit floating for passengers when crossing distances on the road, and it stabilizes quite well.

Right front three quarters

Now as for handling, maneuvering such a huge vehicle is indeed a big task but the quick and light steering, at just over two and a half laps, makes it pretty easy. It even has a decent weight at high speeds with a constant turn of motion. Yes, there are several body rolls for this high riding heavy vehicle. However, it does not feel uncomfortable when in long bends or when entering tight corners at a steady speed. After that, slowing down will not be stressful even when braking sharply. One, there’s articulation and advancement in the brake pedal, and two are good grip Bridgestone tires.

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Space and interior quality

8.5 / 10

Front row seats

The return of this large SUV also brings the same spacious cabin space as before, but with interesting changes. The pop-up rectangular infotainment screen is now replaced by one that integrates the larger dashboard along with another in the center console, eliminating all buttons on the dashboard. and many buttons from the center panel along with the touchpad. Now, it will definitely take a while for you phệ get used phệ the feel of the screen relative phệ the buttons without taking your eyes off the road. However, the ergonomics have remained largely unchanged and everything is within reach. Furthermore, the black trim of the fingerprint magnet piano along with the brushed aluminum inserts exudes a luxurious and beautiful appearance. Even the leather upholstery, seats, door gaskets, fit and finish, and quality of materials are excellent examples of precise engineering.

Second row seats

Speaking of space, there’s a lot going on and with power seats with memory function, tall or short – anyone can find a perfect sitting position. After that, the second row does not change at all and has ample space. Besides, the large seats are accommodating, the backrest reclines for added comfort, and since the legs aren’t too close phệ the ground, there’s also good thigh support. Now, the third row, and getting into that is a big task. In fact, it’s also uncomfortable there because of the lack of knee and under-thigh support. It could still be used phệ carry kids around or for a short trip, but wouldn’t be a fun place phệ stay.

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Features and devices

8/10

Bootspace

Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, a fully digital instrument cluster with customizable layouts, is transformed and remains a unique system. The novelty factor is now multiplied when Audi’s MMI infotainment unit is paired with a B&O 3D sound system. It is updated with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, smart connectivity and also acts as a central system for various functions. These include ambient light, ioniser, driving mode, telephony, navigation and more. There’s also wireless charging and a second MMI touchscreen for four-zone climate control.

dashboard

However, there is no electric driver’s seat or massage. The latter should have been a feature for a vehicle of this caliber and should add phệ the enjoyment of passengers. While the Q7 has always been known for its class-leading safety, some notable safety features include eight airbags, lane departure warning with steering assist, ABS, ESC, emergency brake assist and assist. parking assist along with a 360 camera. Also, there is automatic parking and the driver needs phệ press a button for it, it works well, in terms of safety. But I still want it phệ park completely alone.

Infotainment system

Inference

8/10

Right front three quarters

When the new-generation Audi Q7 was launched in 2015, all bulky proportions were reduced for a sporty yet loud on-road presence. After that, significant updates phệ the interior knocked the competition out of the game. Yes, many aesthetic updates like the single-frame grille, revised headlights, taillights, etc. add phệ the refinement. However, I feel I could be more pampered for a private chauffeur driving experience. That said, the new display and feature updates have made the Q7 a modern Audi at its best. However, it can be a bit difficult phệ convince Audi buyers for this large SUV phệ use only gasoline power. Meanwhile, its rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X7 and Land Rover Discovery all have diesel options phệ serve. All are seven-seater premium SUVs priced between Rs 1-1.5 crore. We expect Audi phệ roll out the Q7 around this time or next month with a price bracket of Rs 1-1.2 crore.

Rear right three quarters

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Audi Q7₹ 82.48 LakhonwardsAverage Factory Price


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2022 Audi Q7 Petrol 55TFSI First Drive Review
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Why I would buy one?Smooth and powerful drivetrainComfortable five-seater SUVWhy I wouldn’t buy one?Cabin not quite pamperingOnly one petrol-only engine optionVerdictAudi has played its game well in India with the Q7 being one of its highest-ranking cars, even outranking some rivals. This SUV has been lauded not only for its size and space but also for its on- and off-road performance. This time the carmaker has taken its latest version a notch higher with updated styling, design, and features. However, it comes only with a petrol drivetrain, unlike its predecessor’s diesel counterpart. Despite lacking the frugal bit now, it sure is at par in terms of performance and capability. Rather superior, for what it brings phệ the table.Engine and Performance8 / 10Powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol unit producing 335bhp and 500Nm, it’s more powerful than the pre-BS6 Q7 that came with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol mill producing 248bhp and 370Nm. Even for that matter, the 245bhp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel mill. It’s unfortunate that the diesel powertrain is gone now with the paradigm shift towards petrol and electric cars. Nonetheless, this petrol version still has its various benefits.The extra power doesn’t throw you back in the seat and when moving from a standstill, the turbo shove comes in a beat. Audi claims the Q7 can sprint from 0-100kmph in just 5.9seconds, which is brilliant for a mammoth weighing over two tonnes. And it’s quite believable, for the throttle response is good and the smooth-shifting eight-speed obeys phệ be in the right gear with power always on tap. Moreover, the abundant torque provides enough grunt phệ get going even at around 1,500rpm. Besides, it starts phệ gather quick speed past the 2,000rpm mark. All of this while the engine is super silent and the cabin feels quiet too, owing phệ the good NVH levels inside. It’s only past 3,500rpm when the V6 gnarls, which is more of music than noise.Lest we forget, driving modes like auto, comfort, efficiency, off-road, all-road, dynamic, and individual help alter engine characteristics, throttle response, gearbox, steering, and suspension settings. Still, the biggest advantage is the powerful engine that helps the huge Q7 progress swiftly unlike the outgoing petrol. Be it city or highway, the nicely stacked ratios of the eight-speed transmission enable a smooth gearshift transition. It’s even quick phệ drop a cog or two while flooring the pedal phệ gain speed. And if you wish phệ gain control by yourself, there are paddle-shifters and an option phệ shift phệ S or the manual mode. Here, you can rev till its redline at 6,400rpm. That will rarely be the case though, as the SUV easily cruises at triple-digit speeds within 3,000rpm while keeping it fairly quiet. Something that’s expected from a vehicle like this.Read MoreRide and Handling8.5 / 10Like the outgoing Q7, this one too gets an adaptive suspension, ensuring a comfortable ride. Given its premium positioning and luxury proposition, it will mostly dwell in the high-rises with barely any off-roading. Still, the unreliable road conditions in our country might expose an unknown territory and for that, you have ‘Quattro’. That’s Audi’s famous AWD technology which, along with the torque distribution and electronic sida, will help you out of a tricky situation. The off-road mode further helps raise the suspension and limits the car’s speed. The Q7 anyway provides a plush ride absorbing bumps with ease at slow speeds. Even a high-speed ride feels a bit buoyant for passengers over road crests, and it settles pretty well.Now for the handling bit, manoeuvring such a huge car is indeed a big task but the quick and light steering, with just a little over two-and-a-half turns, makes it fairly easy. It even weighs up adequately at high speeds with progressive turn-ins. Yes, there’s some body-roll for this high-riding heavyweight vehicle. However, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable around long bends or when taking tight corners at a steady pace. Then, cutting down on speed is stress-free even under panic braking. One, there’s a good bite and progression at the brake pedal, and two, the Bridgestone tyres grip well.Read MoreInterior Space and Quality8.5 / 10The return of this full-size SUV also brings back the same spacious cabin but with interesting changes. The pop-up rectangular infotainment screen is now replaced by a bigger dash-integrated screen along with another screen in the centre console, eliminating all the buttons from the dash and many from the centre console along with the touchpad. Now, it certainly will take a while for you phệ get used phệ the tactile feel of the screen than buttons, without taking your sight off the road. Still, ergonomics haven’t changed much and things are within easy reach. Furthermore, the fingerprint-magnet piano black embellishments along with the brush aluminium inserts exude a nice luxurious look and feel. Even the leather-wrapped upholstery, seats, door pads, fit and finish, and quality of materials are great examples of precision engineering. Talking about space, there’s loads of it and with the electrically-adjustable seats with memory function, tall or short — anyone can find a perfect seating position. Then, the second row hasn’t changed at all and has ample space. Besides, the large seats are accommodating, the reclining backrest adds phệ the comfort, and since the seat base isn’t too close phệ the ground, there’s good thigh support as well. Now, the third row, and getting in there is a big task. In fact, staying there isn’t comfortable either for the lack of knee-room and under-thigh support. It still can be used phệ ferry kids around or for a short trip, but wouldn’t be a fun place phệ be in.Read MoreFeatures and Equipment8 / 10Audi’s virtual cockpit, which is a fully digital instrument cluster with customisable layouts, is carried over and still is a unique system. The novelty factor has now doubled up with Audi’s MMI infotainment unit being paired phệ a B&O 3D sound system. It’s updated with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, smart connectivity and also acts as a central system for various functions. These include ambient lighting, ioniser, drive modes, telephony, navigation, and more. There’s wireless charging as well and the second MMI touch display takes care of the four-zone climate control.However, there’s no electrically-adjustable steering or massage seats. The latter should have been a feature for a car of this stature and would have added phệ the passenger’s delight. Though the Q7 has always been known for top-notch safety, some noteworthy safety features include eight airbags, lane departure warning with steering assist, ABS, ESC, emergency brake assist, and park assist plus with 360 camera. Additionally, there’s automatic parking and the driver needs phệ keep a button pressed for it, which works well, considering safety. But I still would have liked it phệ park completely by itself.Conclusion8 / 10When the new-gen Audi Q7 was launched in 2015, all the bulky proportions were toned down for an athletic yet massive road presence. Then, significant updates phệ the interior aced up the game amongst its competitors. Yes, the numerous cosmetic updates like a single-frame grille, revised headlamps, tail lamps etc. add phệ the sophistication. Still, I feel I could have been pampered more for a chauffeur-driven experience. That said, the new screens and feature updates do make the Q7 a modern up-to-date Audi. Yet, it might be a little tough phệ convince Audi buyers for this full-size SUV comes as a petrol drivetrain only. Meanwhile, its competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X7, and Land Rover Discovery have a diesel option phệ cater with. All of these are seven-seater premium SUVs ranging from Rs 1-1.5 crore. We expect Audi phệ launch the Q7 sometime this or coming month in the Rs 1-1.2 crore price bracket.Pictures by Kaustubh GandhiAudi Q7₹ 82.48 LakhonwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price
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#Audi #Petrol #55TFSI #Drive #Review
Why I would buy one?Smooth and powerful drivetrainComfortable five-seater SUVWhy I wouldn’t buy one?Cabin not quite pamperingOnly one petrol-only engine optionVerdictAudi has played its game well in India with the Q7 being one of its highest-ranking cars, even outranking some rivals. This SUV has been lauded not only for its size and space but also for its on- and off-road performance. This time the carmaker has taken its latest version a notch higher with updated styling, design, and features. However, it comes only with a petrol drivetrain, unlike its predecessor’s diesel counterpart. Despite lacking the frugal bit now, it sure is at par in terms of performance and capability. Rather superior, for what it brings phệ the table.Engine and Performance8 / 10Powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol unit producing 335bhp and 500Nm, it’s more powerful than the pre-BS6 Q7 that came with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol mill producing 248bhp and 370Nm. Even for that matter, the 245bhp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel mill. It’s unfortunate that the diesel powertrain is gone now with the paradigm shift towards petrol and electric cars. Nonetheless, this petrol version still has its various benefits.The extra power doesn’t throw you back in the seat and when moving from a standstill, the turbo shove comes in a beat. Audi claims the Q7 can sprint from 0-100kmph in just 5.9seconds, which is brilliant for a mammoth weighing over two tonnes. And it’s quite believable, for the throttle response is good and the smooth-shifting eight-speed obeys phệ be in the right gear with power always on tap. Moreover, the abundant torque provides enough grunt phệ get going even at around 1,500rpm. Besides, it starts phệ gather quick speed past the 2,000rpm mark. All of this while the engine is super silent and the cabin feels quiet too, owing phệ the good NVH levels inside. It’s only past 3,500rpm when the V6 gnarls, which is more of music than noise.Lest we forget, driving modes like auto, comfort, efficiency, off-road, all-road, dynamic, and individual help alter engine characteristics, throttle response, gearbox, steering, and suspension settings. Still, the biggest advantage is the powerful engine that helps the huge Q7 progress swiftly unlike the outgoing petrol. Be it city or highway, the nicely stacked ratios of the eight-speed transmission enable a smooth gearshift transition. It’s even quick phệ drop a cog or two while flooring the pedal phệ gain speed. And if you wish phệ gain control by yourself, there are paddle-shifters and an option phệ shift phệ S or the manual mode. Here, you can rev till its redline at 6,400rpm. That will rarely be the case though, as the SUV easily cruises at triple-digit speeds within 3,000rpm while keeping it fairly quiet. Something that’s expected from a vehicle like this.Read MoreRide and Handling8.5 / 10Like the outgoing Q7, this one too gets an adaptive suspension, ensuring a comfortable ride. Given its premium positioning and luxury proposition, it will mostly dwell in the high-rises with barely any off-roading. Still, the unreliable road conditions in our country might expose an unknown territory and for that, you have ‘Quattro’. That’s Audi’s famous AWD technology which, along with the torque distribution and electronic sida, will help you out of a tricky situation. The off-road mode further helps raise the suspension and limits the car’s speed. The Q7 anyway provides a plush ride absorbing bumps with ease at slow speeds. Even a high-speed ride feels a bit buoyant for passengers over road crests, and it settles pretty well.Now for the handling bit, manoeuvring such a huge car is indeed a big task but the quick and light steering, with just a little over two-and-a-half turns, makes it fairly easy. It even weighs up adequately at high speeds with progressive turn-ins. Yes, there’s some body-roll for this high-riding heavyweight vehicle. However, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable around long bends or when taking tight corners at a steady pace. Then, cutting down on speed is stress-free even under panic braking. One, there’s a good bite and progression at the brake pedal, and two, the Bridgestone tyres grip well.Read MoreInterior Space and Quality8.5 / 10The return of this full-size SUV also brings back the same spacious cabin but with interesting changes. The pop-up rectangular infotainment screen is now replaced by a bigger dash-integrated screen along with another screen in the centre console, eliminating all the buttons from the dash and many from the centre console along with the touchpad. Now, it certainly will take a while for you phệ get used phệ the tactile feel of the screen than buttons, without taking your sight off the road. Still, ergonomics haven’t changed much and things are within easy reach. Furthermore, the fingerprint-magnet piano black embellishments along with the brush aluminium inserts exude a nice luxurious look and feel. Even the leather-wrapped upholstery, seats, door pads, fit and finish, and quality of materials are great examples of precision engineering. Talking about space, there’s loads of it and with the electrically-adjustable seats with memory function, tall or short — anyone can find a perfect seating position. Then, the second row hasn’t changed at all and has ample space. Besides, the large seats are accommodating, the reclining backrest adds phệ the comfort, and since the seat base isn’t too close phệ the ground, there’s good thigh support as well. Now, the third row, and getting in there is a big task. In fact, staying there isn’t comfortable either for the lack of knee-room and under-thigh support. It still can be used phệ ferry kids around or for a short trip, but wouldn’t be a fun place phệ be in.Read MoreFeatures and Equipment8 / 10Audi’s virtual cockpit, which is a fully digital instrument cluster with customisable layouts, is carried over and still is a unique system. The novelty factor has now doubled up with Audi’s MMI infotainment unit being paired phệ a B&O 3D sound system. It’s updated with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, smart connectivity and also acts as a central system for various functions. These include ambient lighting, ioniser, drive modes, telephony, navigation, and more. There’s wireless charging as well and the second MMI touch display takes care of the four-zone climate control.However, there’s no electrically-adjustable steering or massage seats. The latter should have been a feature for a car of this stature and would have added phệ the passenger’s delight. Though the Q7 has always been known for top-notch safety, some noteworthy safety features include eight airbags, lane departure warning with steering assist, ABS, ESC, emergency brake assist, and park assist plus with 360 camera. Additionally, there’s automatic parking and the driver needs phệ keep a button pressed for it, which works well, considering safety. But I still would have liked it phệ park completely by itself.Conclusion8 / 10When the new-gen Audi Q7 was launched in 2015, all the bulky proportions were toned down for an athletic yet massive road presence. Then, significant updates phệ the interior aced up the game amongst its competitors. Yes, the numerous cosmetic updates like a single-frame grille, revised headlamps, tail lamps etc. add phệ the sophistication. Still, I feel I could have been pampered more for a chauffeur-driven experience. That said, the new screens and feature updates do make the Q7 a modern up-to-date Audi. Yet, it might be a little tough phệ convince Audi buyers for this full-size SUV comes as a petrol drivetrain only. Meanwhile, its competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X7, and Land Rover Discovery have a diesel option phệ cater with. All of these are seven-seater premium SUVs ranging from Rs 1-1.5 crore. We expect Audi phệ launch the Q7 sometime this or coming month in the Rs 1-1.2 crore price bracket.Pictures by Kaustubh GandhiAudi Q7₹ 82.48 LakhonwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price

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