An absolutely luxurious beast one can say, the Audi Q7 in India. It was launched in 2006 by Audi and had quite impressed the world with its arresting looks, and now it is India’s turn.
Audi is synonymous with luxury so you can expect all the comforts and luxury features that are expected in cars of this segment. Similarly, the performance of this car is also excellent, with very good performance on long drives as well as during small city rides.
Variants of Audi Q7
The Indian variant of Audi Q7 comes with three engine options – two versions with petrol engines and one diesel engine.
|Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro||3.0 liter V6 diesel engine||176 KW at 4000 to 4400 rpm||500 nm@2000 to 2250 rpm||0-100 kmph in 8 seconds||216KMPH||11 KMPL||3150 KG|
|Q7 3.6 FSI Quattro||3.6 liter V6 petrol engine||206 KW@6200 rpm||360nm @2500 to 5500 rpm||0-100 KMPH in 8.5 seconds||230KMPH||8.3 KMPL||3060 KG|
|Q7 4.2 FSI Quattro||4.2 liter V6 petrol engine||257 KW @6800 rpm||440@3500||0-100 KMPH is in 7.4 seconds||248KMPH||7.9 KMPL||3095 KG|
The Audi Q7 offers an elegant 4-wheel drive and its mileage is in line with others in its class.
Design and Interiors
The Audi Q7’s exteriors are as imposing as any other luxury car in the segment. It boasts of a single frame large radiator grille. With a coupe like roofline it is imposing yet sleek with a dynamic appeal of an SUV. Sunroof is available as an optional feature, but you should go for it, as it adds a lot of cachet to the car. The contrasting bumpers add to the sporty look of the car.
Now since it is an Audi, you can be sure of all the luxuries that you can imagine in an SUV of this segment. Spacious interiors, seats adjustable as per passenger comfort and three rows of seat capable of accommodating seven passengers. The seat can be adjusted in 28 different ways!
The cabin has been designed as per driver’s comfort and has a classy look with trim aluminium and wooden interiors. All Audi cars have characteristic Multi-media interface that displays audio information, climate control and other functions of controlling the vehicle. This feature is also present in the Indian model of Audi Q7.
Audi Q7 has all the standard safety features of a luxury car, such as airbags, ABS, etc.
New Audi Q7 is available in 11 scintillating colours viz. Cobalt Blue Metallic, Deep Black, Lava Grey, Phantom black, Condor Grey Metallic, Sycamore Green, Garnet Red, Quartz Black, Bania Beige Metallic, Ice Silver and Calla White. The diesel model has a price tag of Rs. 52 lakh attached to it while the petrol models are priced in the range of Rs. 55 lakh to Rs. 66 lakhs.
Comparision with other cars
Comparing the Audi Q7 range of cars with its fellows, such as BMW and Benz, is as good as selecting a king among the kings. It can be said, that the close competition for Q7 is the BMW X5 series and Mercedes M class.
Mercedes Benz diesel version ML 320 CDI 4MATIC comes with V6 3.0 liter engine with 172 KW power at 3800 rpm and torque of 520 NM at 1600 -2400 rpm. ML350 4MATIC comes with a 3.5 liter V6 Engine with 200 KW@6000 rpm and torque of 355 Nm @4500 rpm.
BMW X drive 48i petrol engine comes with a 4.8 liter 8 cylinder V8 engine delivers power output of 261 KW @6300 rpm, Torque of 475 NM@3400 rpm.
XDrive 30d diesel version comes with a 3.0 Liter V6 engine delivering power output of 173KW@4000 rpm and a torque of 520 Nm@2000-2750 rpm.
In comparison with power output all the three give almost same power output for given capacity of engine. So the main things to consider would be the body style, features of higher comfort, handling, and user-friendly technical features. But here too, the additional features of each car are more or less the same.
The main advantage of Audi Q7 is its majestic appearance and it is somewhat better priced than the X5 and the ML. The brand Audi also is slowly but surely taking over other brands.
Still, we can say that choosing between these cars is a matter of personal preference, as from an objective point they are all top notch cars!
The Audi Q7 is a big car – in fact, the car is definitely massive. So if you are planning to go to a jam packed show or high density traffic area, just be prepared for bumps and tough maneuvering. Also, parking is a tough job in small parking lots and forget about shoe-box parking.
Nevertheless, Audi Q7 delivers all the promises of luxury that can be packed into one package. It is a complete package of elegance, style, luxury and performance packed with a hefty price tag.
If you are ready to bear the minor discomforts, by all means go for it!