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2018 Audi Q7 Driving Impressions


Every Audi Q7 model rides with impressive comfort and handles capably. Relatively precise steering has a light but direct feel, though short of sporty.

The standard four-cylinder will satisfy many drivers, with its 0-60 mph acceleration time of 7.1 seconds. For some, the strong V6 may be a better choice, making the Q7 an excellent vehicle for long journeys. With V6 power, the Q7 can reach 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Even with a full load, the V6 model feels energetic.

Although the Q7 looks big and bulky, substantial use of aluminum keeps its weight near 5,000 pounds. As a result, the Q7 feels both agile and responsive.

The suspension absorbs rough pavement, without turning floaty when taking corners. A Q7 feels confident and securely planted, even through curves. Audi’s Drive Select system modifies throttle response, shift points, and steering effort. Optional, larger wheels don’t impair ride quality.

Especially with the V6 engine, Audi’s 8-speed transmission shifts swiftly, with little discernible hesitation. Standard all-wheel drive is most welcome on wet, slick pavement. Off-roading isn’t its forte, even with the height-adjustable air suspension available for the Prestige edition.

Considering its size and weight, Q7 fuel economy isn’t bad. Surprisingly, both the four-cylinder and V6 models are identically EPA-rated, at 19/25 mpg City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined. A start/stop system can shut off the engine at stoplights.

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