THE SPACE ACE
Need more space? Audis don’t come any bigger than the Q7. Updated for 2020, the seven-seat family SUV brings a slight change in looks along with a dramatically improved cabin.
Physical buttons are largely replaced by twin touchscreens in a centre console similar to the flagship Audi A8 limousine. The changes increase the appeal of what is a beautiful and functional cabin, although traditionalists might miss the old car’s rotary dial for navigating the infotainment menus.
The Q7’s engines benefit from mild hybrid tech which reduces fuel consumption, though you might want to change topics at dinner parties before revealing the model continues with diesel power as the only option. The new Q7 range starts from $101,900 plus on-road costs.
Audi’s 3.0-litre diesel engine is a gem, smooth and quiet on the open road with impressive 170kW/500Nm outputs and thrifty 7.0L/100 claimed fuel economy.
Standard air suspension in all models makes for a comfortable ride, though the optional 21-inch rims on our test car gave it an extra edge — stick with the standard 19s if you value plushness over pose appeal.
The Q7 remains the most family-friendly car on the Volkswagen group’s platform, as you can’t order a (cheaper) VW Touareg or (more expensive) Porsche Cayenne with seven seats. It also has more standard kit than either of those cars, making the updated Q7 easy to recommend for wealthy households.