Audi is the best in the business at making cars that don’t look nearly as expensive as they are.
This has always been the case for all of their cars, including the R8.
Anyway, the Audi Q7 continues that formula.
The Audi Q7 traces its roots back a (now very ugly) concept vehicle back in 2003, and made its debut for production in 2005.
It has taken Audi since 2009 to produce this second generation Audi Q7. When you consider that Audi has gone through plenty of corporate changes since then, it starts to make sense that we haven’t seen the new car in a long time.
Audi sold 500,000 units of their old model Q7, so there’s another reason why they weren’t really in a rush to produce a new model.
So, the 2017 Audi Q7 is finally here as the second generation. Critics are already raving about this new luxury SUV, so hopefully it will be as good as everyone says it is.
The new chassis that will be underneath the 2017 Audi Q7 will be underneath a number of VW products as well. Since Volkswagen owns Audi, Volkswagen (duh), Porsche and Lamborghini (!), that means many of those vehicles share platforms.
So how does this all translate into the new 2017 Audi Q7?
The Specs-2017 Audi Q7:
|Vehicle Type:||Luxury SUV|
|Power Plant:||3.0 L TDI / 3.0 L SC V6|
|Gearbox:||8 speed automatic|
|MPG:||Up to 32 Highway/20 City|
|Top Speed:||145 (unlimited)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||Six seconds|
|Base Price:||$50,000 (est.)|
The Exterior-2017 Audi Q7:
The front end of the 2017 Audi Q7 has every bit of the new Audi styling cues.
The grille makes up 90% of the front end, and sharp angles and slashes complete the rest.
Audi makes sure that the 2017 Audi Q7 shows everyone on the road that it is the big Audi. Audi features new double-T-styled headlights that help compliment the front end’s very horizontal design.
The 2017 Audi Q7 makes no effort to look more slimmed or smaller either. The whole vehicle does have some good aggressive lines so it doesn’t look bloated, but it doesn’t hide the massive size of the thing.
From the back, the 2017 Audi Q7 retains a lot of hat we see on the previous version of the car.
Main changes from the rear include much boxier angles and designs. One thing that does confuse me is the fact that the tail lights move with the tail gate when you open it. In the United States, there are laws against placing the tail lights on a moving part of the car.
So on the current model being shown, the tail lights are on the hatch; Which moves.
Anyway, the exterior of the 2017 Audi Q7 is as I would expect. It’s big, sharp and rather on the reclusive side of things as far as luxury SUV’s go.
Unless the law changed, we can expect Audi to re-do the tailgate or lighting set up to accommodate for it.
There are also a lot of similarities between the 20017 Audi Q7 and the Audi Q8 concept we saw in Detroit this year.
The Interior-2017 Audi Q7:
Audi’s interiors are much like their exteriors. The concept of being expensive but not looking (too) expensive lives in the cabin as well.
However, the Volkswagen group really knows how to do quality.
The interior of the 2017 Audi Q7 is completely redesigned. Audi made do with a more contemporary lay out, but it is a very functional place.
The gauge cluster is completely digital, which is a fantastic system made by Volkswagen and lives in nearly every Volkswagen product. Including the 2017 Audi Q7.
A big infotainment screen compliments the system in a traditional place, right in the center of the dashboard. However, this is one place where I do disagree with Audi.
While the screen compliments the whole contemporary look for the 2017 Audi Q7, I can’t help but think the placement is a bit awkward. Much like the Audi A3, the screen kind of looks pasted onto the dash with hardly any consideration.
The screen does have a clean and professional look, but the placement is just…awkward.
Other than that, the interior is phenomenal. Cabin space is fantastic, even with the third row seat option.
Audi is pioneering technology for all of its cars, and is making key steps toward an autonomous world.
Technologies in the 2017 Audi Q7 include traffic jam assist, auto braking, collision assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot warning and that is just the beginning.
The Performance-2017 Audi Q7:
As stated in the specs, Audi features two very popular engine options for their new 2017 Audi Q7.
The 3.0 L TDI and 3.0 L supercharged V6 have plenty of power and torque to help the massive machine along.
An astonishing fact about the 2017 Audi Q7 is the face that Audi actually cut 700 pounds of weight from each one. That means everything from better efficiency to better driving dynamics.
With all of that said, the 2017 Audi Q7 will do zero to sixty in a little six seconds. For a massive luxury SUV, that’s not half bad.
Sum It Up:
The 2017 Audi Q7 is a great SUV already. Some call it the class leader, but that is a big pin to stick to it right out of the gate.
While the exterior is fantastic, Audi’s will always be a bit too plain for my taste. But that’s my opinion, and you don’t have to listen to me.
I just hope that Audi finds a better way to integrate the screen on the dashboard…
And get more exciting.