While EVO isn’t the first publication to review the brand-new Audi Q7, it is one of the better, more reliable, sources to learn from. Having established a good reputation for reviewing cars, an EVO review is important regardless of how many other reviews preceded it. But what makes this particular review interesting is the overall lack of praise for the Q7.
Most publications have given the new Audi Q7 rave reviews, calling it lightyears better than its predecessor and quite possibly best in class. This EVO review, however, isn’t so glowing. It isn’t bad either, let’s call it lukewarm.
Being significantly lighter than the outgoing model, almost everyone who’s driven the new Audi Q7 has claimed it to be far more dynamic than its predecessor. The same holds true for this review. “It may be stretching it to suggest the new Q7 is an out and out dynamic wonder, but that weight loss has gone a long way to improve the experience from behind the wheel.” Says Stuart Gallagher of EVO Magazine. So the car’s 325 kg weight loss is noticed, though the Q7 still isn’t a dynamic machine, according to EVO.
The folks at EVO did, however, happen to like the engine. The 3.0 TDI is the only engine option currently available in Europe and it comes in two states of tune. There’s a 215 horsepower model and a 267 hp variant as well. EVO tested the big one and had some good things to say about it, especially in comparison to its rivals. “The 443lb ft of torque delivered at 1500rpm goes a long way to making the Q7 quicker than Porsche’s entry level Cayenne Diesel.”
Overall, the response from EVO wasn’t stellar. “Overall, what the Q7 sacrifices in dynamic ability and driver interaction it makes up for in usability, practicality and being refined, quiet and a relaxing place to be to cover big distances with big load on board. It’s not exactly evo, but the Q7 delivers in the areas where it needs to and is expected of it, and for that it’s hard to criticise. ” This is a bit of bummer, because from most of what we’ve heard so far, the new Audi Q7 is a fantastic machine.
We take most publications reviews of cars quite seriously, especially from respected sources like EVO, but obviously we at QuattroDaily would have to drive it before we make any judgements about it. One lukewarm review doesn’t make it a bad car. The glowing praise from most other pubs is enough to make us believers in the Audi Q7, here at QD. But we’ll have to wait and see for ourselves when we get the opportunity to get behind the wheel.EVO]