Though the V8 is the more suitable engine for the heavy Q7, the 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 coming in September manages an acceptable level of performance thanks to its 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 265 lb.-ft. of torque that’s available across a flat power band from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. Given its acceleration estimate of just over eight seconds to 60 mph, and a top speed of 130 mph that’s identical to the Q7 4.2, the lower price of entry and greater fuel efficiency of the V6 seems a worthy trade-off. Both engines require premium fuel.
Three Rows of Seats
Room for adults in the third-row is scant. If lanky adults occupy the second-row seats, forget about putting anyone much taller than five-feet back there. And if you can con anyone in your sextet to take the rearmost jump seats, make sure they’re limber, because entry and exit constitute a warm-up at the local gym. Once they clamber aboard, they’ll find the third-row seats very low and very flat, but with surprisingly good foot space.
What Q7 Means
Price of Test Vehicle: $40,000 (est. 3.6); $49,900 (4.2)
Engine Size and Type: 3.6-liter V6 (3.6); 4.2-liter V8 (4.2)
Engine Horsepower: 280 at 6,200 rpm (3.6); 350 at 6,800 rpm (4.2)
Engine Torque: 265 lb.-ft. between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm (3.6); 325 lb.-ft. at 3,500 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed Tiptronic automatic with manual shift feature
Curb weight, lbs.: 5,269 (4.2)
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway): NA
Observed Fuel Economy: 16.1 mpg (3.6 – included off-roading jaunt); 15.2 mpg (4.2)
Max. Seating Capacity: Seven
Max. Cargo Volume: 88 (10.8 behind 3rd row)
Max. Towing Capacity: 6,600 pounds
Min. Ground Clearance: 8.1 inches (standard); 9.5 inches (optional air suspension in Lift mode)
Competitors: Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac SRX, Chrysler Aspen, Chrysler Pacifica, Infiniti QX56, Land Rover LR3, Lexus GX 470, Lexus LX 470, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, and Volvo XC90.
Photos courtesy of Audi