Audi Q7 Estate 2006-2009

Audi Q7 Estate 2006-2009

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Attractive and stylish looks
  • The diesel engines are superb
  • Even with the size the Q7 feels sporty
  • 5 star safety award
  • Precise handling

Cons:

  • Parking problems arise due to its sheer size
  • It is not a cheap buy or run
  • Last row of seats prove uncomfortable and are congested

Overview

The Q7 is Audi's first full-size luxury 4x4 which has been designed with impressive looks capped off by an aggressive edge. It was launched at Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2005, and was put into production in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2005. It only comes with an automatic gearbox which does make city driving easier as well as coming with Audi's Quattro permanent four wheel drive system as standard.

Exterior and Interior

The Audi Q7 is a very attractive car to look at and certainly has an aggressive edge. The sheer size of the Q7 makes it easily recognizable although this can also be an issue, you wouldn't want to take it for your weekly shop and park in tight parking bays. It comes with seven seats although two of these are only really usable for children as adults will struggle with the size and leg room. The boot comes with 330 L of space which is a bit on the small size for the number of people that can fit in but the back row of seats can be collapsed to increase the load space to 775 L. The second row of seats can also fold flat giving you a huge load area for any big items that may need transporting. If you are buying new there is the option to have the back row of seats removed as well as one of the seats in the second row to make extra shoulder room for no extra cost. The Entry-level models come with climate control, alloy wheels, parking sensors and cruise control as standard, while SE comes with electronically adjustable heated front seats, enhanced cabin detailing. The S-line car includes sports seats and trim.

Performance and Economy

The 3.0-litre diesel has 240bhp opposed to the older engines 234bhp and a fuel efficiency of 38.2mpg, an increase of 19% despite the increase in power. The top of the range petrol engine is the 4.2-litre V8 which produces 345bhp. This model is very expensive to run but does provide excellent performance for a vehicle of this size. To help increase the fuel economy Audi has equipped newer models of the Q7 with a Stop Start system fitted as standard.

Like to Drive

The Q7, despite being a large vehicle, feels effortless to drive with light, precise steering and superbly contained body roll. It makes the driver feel more like they are in a car than one of the biggest 4x4's on the UK market. The Q7 does feel a bit unwieldy when it comes to parking but with parking sensors coming as standard it isn't as difficult as it could be. The Q7, aimed at tackling the Range Rover Sport as being a vehicle that is just as good on the road as off. However it falls very short in the off road department and should only really be driven on tarmac, where it excels. It does come with height adjustable air suspension which helps should you ever do decide to take it off-road.

Faults and Repairs

The Audi Q7 is proving to be reliable with no major problems occurring. The only consistent problem is that the tyres need replacing regularly as they wear down after only 7000 miles. The other faults that have been reported are little electrical and engine problems but nothing that keeps recurring. Be warned though if a major fault does occur out of warranty it will be very expensive to fix.