VIDEO: Carwow reviews 2017 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI

By now, the second-generation Audi Q7 is old news. Having already been out for about a year, the Q7 is already becoming one of the most common premium SUVs on the road. That’s no bad thing, though, as the new Q7 is a superb all-around car and one we liked a lot the first time we drove it. But don’t just take our word for it. Carwow recently released a new video review of the Q7, going through its comfort, practicality, performance and handling.

The video starts off talking about the sort of stuff most Q7 owners will actually care about. By most Q7 owners, I’m talking about soccer moms. These sorts of SUVs are typically used as family-haulers and grocery-getters. So testing its dynamic capabilities really isn’t as helpful to customers as we’d like it to be. However, we get to learn about what the Q7 can do on a twisty back road in this video as well. Thankfully.

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As far as rear seat comfort and practicality goes, the Audi Q7 is pretty damn good. While its third row can be tricky to get to and is only usable for children, it does make the car more practical and they do come with ISOFIX child seat latches. But adults will struggle to get back there. When they’re folded down, though, the trunk is quite capacious and becomes simply enormous with both the third and second row folded down. Plus, even with all the seats folded down, the entire trunk has a flat load floor, with no load lip on the tailgate, making it very easy to load and slide large items.

In the front seat, the Q7 is a lovely place to be. All the materials are made of extremely high quality, the ergonomics are spot-on and the design is fantastic. Audi’s MMI infotainment system is one of the best in the business and the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster is brilliant. In its class, only the Volvo XC90 can rival the Q7 in terms of luxury, design and technology and we think the Q7’s tech is a bit better.

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The Audi Q7 ¬†tester in this video is riding on optional air suspension and it seems to be worth every penny. With air suspension fitted, the Q7 simply wafts over bumps with nary a bump or noise. It becomes a true luxury car. However, when you want to drive spiritedly, it can lower and firm up at the push of a button. It can also raise up, so as to get up a steep hill or climb over the occasional rock or two. While the Audi Q7 is no Porsche Cayenne, in terms of dynamic capability, it’s still a great handling SUV and a better overall package than the Porsche, according to Mat Watson.

If you opt for the 3.0 liter TDI V6 engine as in this tester, you’ll be treated with a torquey and silky-smooth engine that actually gets impressive fuel economy. In America, we only get the 3.0T supercharged V6 or a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder. But if we got the 3.0 TDI, I’d recommend it as the engine of choice, thanks to its punchy power and great mileage.

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At the end of each video, Mat Watson tells you whether or not he thinks you should either Avoid, Consider, Shortlist or flat-out Buy the car. For the Audi Q7, he says you should just go ahead and buy it.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.