First Drive: Audi Q7

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Ahead of its launch here in August we went to the Verbier to drive Audi’s new second generation Q7 writes Geraldine Herbert

What is it? With three rows of seating and room for seven the Q7 is a luxurious family hauler.

First impressions of the new Audi Q7: Audi’s molecular building blocks speak the language of understated elegance and the second generation Q7 is strictly urban contemporary.

What about the interior? The Q7 has an elegant, modern body and a spacious interior constructed with the same thoughtful attention to detail that is synonymous with Audi cabins.  Reminiscent of the TT’s interior it shares the same digital instrument cluster and simplicity of design. It is also crammed with cutting edge technology and the sheer number of features can be a bit overwhelming and distracting at first. One of our favourites though is the raft of parking aids, this car will parallel park, forward park, reverse park and even stop the car automatically if you reverse out on to oncoming traffic.

And on the road? A drive through the Swiss mountains confirms the Q7 is the very last word in refinement. While it is not the most engaging car to drive you will be wafted along in such comfort you won’t care. Our test car was fitted with an optional four-wheel steering system that Audi claim can reduce the turning circle of this large car by up to a metre and as our Q7 hugged tightly the mountainous bends it was a reassuring feature.

How Much? Audi’s Q7 improves in nearly every way and this shapely model is more spacious, lighter and significantly more fuel efficient than before. The 218bhp 3-litre diesel version returns 5.7l/100km (50 mpg) and emissions of 148/km. It will become available to order in the UK next month priced from £50,340 OTR for the SE model, rising to £53,835 OTR for the S line .

How Safe? The Q7 gets top marks for safety with an abundance of cameras, sensors and safety aids to keep you and your brood safely on the road.

What about my options: At launch the 268bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel that’s return 47.9mpg economy and has CO2 emissions of 153g/km is available. A 3-litre diesel with 218bhp will join the range later.

3 words to describe the Audi Q7: Sophisticated; Comfortable; Refined

For more information check out the Audi UK  website, the Audi Ireland Facebook page or  follow them on twitter here

Geraldine Herbert

19th June, 2015

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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