Big and brassy

Audi’s big Q7 has just one petrol en­gine. It’s su­per­charged and, Stu­art Innes writes, it’s a good ’un

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

DIESEL has made enor­mous in­roads into SUVs but there are still buy­ers seek­ing the rel­a­tive si­lence, smooth­ness and cleaner re­fu­elling process of a petrol en­gine, es­pe­cially in a pre­mium brand of­ten used by soc­cer mums.

Audi, for its big Q7 all-wheel-drive wag­ons, has just one petrol en­gine in the four-model range.

As you might ex­pect from a mod­ern Ger­man mo­tor, it’s a good ’ un.

The Q7 is well-cre­den­tialled as a large SUV that doesn’t mind go­ing on the dirt and the 3.0-litre V6 su­per­charged petrol en­gine makes for a classy way of do­ing it.

VALUE

Com­pared with the sedan cousins on the show­room floor, you get a lot of ve­hi­cle when buy­ing big SUVs with pre­mium brand badges.

The Audi Q7 with the V6 petrol en­gine at $93,814 is sec­ond-cheap­est in the Q7 range ($88,614-$254,814). The A6 sedan with a match­ing petrol V6 is $114,500.

The Q7 V6 petrol comes with qu­at­tro AWD, eight-speed tip­tronic trans­mis­sion, cli­mate con­trol air­con, leather in­te­rior, re­vers­ing cam­era, park­ing sen­sors, power front seats, 11-speaker sound sys­tem and down­hill as­sist.

TECH­NOL­OGY

We’re con­cen­trat­ing on the en­gine here, a 3.0-litre di­rect­in­jec­tion V6 with su­per­charger and in­ter­cooler that has an al­most V8-like 245kW power and 440Nm torque.

It is able to ac­cel­er­ate a 2.3-tonne big­gie from 0-100km/h in 7.0 sec­onds yet is rated at 10.7L/100km fuel use (we av­er­aged 11.2).

It mar­ries to the eight-speed tip­tronic au­to­matic. Two-stage ESP is clever, too. And it has a lav­ish in­for­ma­tion and car set-up screen.

DE­SIGN

At more than 5m nose to tail and 1983mm wide (plus mir­rors), the Q7 has pres­ence. Two popup seats make a third row but, for a large lux­ury ve­hi­cle, the mid­dle spot of the reg­u­lar sec­ond row of seats is firm and un­wel­com­ing.

The 100-litre tank will give good range for Aus­tralian tour­ing but there is a space­saver spare wheel.

SAFETY

Eight airbags, brake as­sist, ABS, day­time run­ning lights and ESP with an off-road mode stack up well. ANCAP’s only

No small mat­ter: The Audi Q7 is all about power and style

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