The Audi Q7 large seven-seat SUV has been given an extensive makeover – read on to find out more about it.
new infotainment and mild-hybrid technology
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2020 Audi Q7 price and release date
The updated Audi Q7 is due to go on sale later this year, and should cost from around £54,000.
2020 Audi Q7 styling
The updated Audi Q7 (based on a car first released in 2015) gets quite a subtle but extensive styling makeover to sharpen its looks up a bit. New headlights flank a redesigned grille, and the creases above its 18-inch alloy wheels give it a square-shouldered stance.
2020 Audi Q7 interior
The new Q7 gets the same infotainment system as the one fitted in the Audi Q8, with two large screens. These feature pin-sharp HD graphics and a neat haptic feedback feature, which is supposed to feel like pressing actual buttons (although it’s not that convincing). It’s just a shame that Audi has binned the old rotary dial control from its MMI system, which was always really easy to use when you were on the move.
The interior space remains the same as the old model, even though the new Q7 is a touch (11mm) longer. There’s plenty of space in the front, a middle row that easily accommodates three people and two seats in the third row that will really only fit children. Fold that rearmost row away and you’ll find a huge boot. Plus, you can fold the middle row into the floor to create what basically amounts to a really posh van. Four generously sized door bins, plus assorted other small storage areas throughout the cabin, take care of the clutter of everyday life, too.
2020 Audi Q7 engines
The Audi Q7 now has a petrol engine option, as well as a range of diesels. It’s called the 55 TFSI and it’s a 3.0-litre V6 with 340hp and 500Nm of torque. That’s enough to get the car from 0-60mph in under six seconds. If you’d rather keep your running costs low, though, you’ll be better off sticking with one of the 3.0-litre V6 diesel models with either 231hp or 286hp.
The new Q7 will also be the latest car to get Audi’s ‘MHEV’ mild-hybrid technology. This system means the Q7 can recover energy under braking, coast on the motorway with the engine off for up to 40 seconds and engage its stop-start system earlier than before. As a result, fuel economy improves by about 5mpg across the range.
The more performance-based version of the SUV, the Audi SQ7, will have roll stabilisation to stop the car leaning so much in corners. Its active anti-roll bars can stiffen in bends and stop the car squatting under acceleration and diving when braking. The system also makes the SQ7 more comfortable by ‘uncoupling’ the anti-roll bars completely on straight roads.
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