Audi Q7 – Review: luxury vehicles are sometimes a lesson in diminishing returns. Any car, be it an econobox or a Bugatti Veyron, can get you from A to B. Luxury cars are supposed to do it with an amount of flair, style, performance and sophistication that matches their price. The Audi Q7 has the panache factor, with a 4.2-liter V8 engine, lavish interior loaded with features, and styling with a definite punch, and it certainly has the luxury price: Our loaded test car came out to around $68,500. That’s where the diminishing returns come in. We recently drove an Acura MDX with a sticker price that was about $48,500, and during our time in the Q7 we couldn’t figure out why this Audi was supposed to be $20,000 better than the Acura.
What We Drove
Fun to Drive
2nd Opinion – Wardlaw
Granted, I’ve spent more time in the Audi Q7 than its prime competitors from BMW and Mercedes, but this is my choice for a luxury suv. I like the styling, the comfort, and the performance. It even returned 14.4 mpg during my commute, which is better than I expected. It’s got just enough off-roading capability and just enough on-road handling prowess to keep me happy no matter the weather or terrain. It’s got just enough room for six or plenty of space for four and a good deal of stuff. Still, I sat next to a Mazda CX-9 at a light this morning, same color even, and wondered why someone might spend double for the Q7.
2nd Opinion – Chee
You know the saying: You get what you pay for. And when you buy the 2007 Audi Q7, that saying translates into a beautiful car with an excellent interior, and superb road manners. Our tester cost almost 70k, and yes there are good vehicles available for less. If you like the way Audi puts together its cars, however, you will be pleased with the Q7. My drive, which consisted mostly of snarling, nasty freeway congestion with a dash of country road and a decent hill was enough to show off this utility vehicle’s sure-footed handling character, smooth-shifting transmission and powerful engine. If I had $70,000 to spend on a car, I wouldn’t be bargain shopping, and I’d look long and hard at the Audi Q7.
Photography courtesy Ron Perry, Keith Buglewicz