THE SPACE ACE

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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.

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