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2012 Audi Q7: Video Road Test and Review

Benjamin Hunting
by Benjamin Hunting
March 18, 2012

The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury crossover vehicles that offers the brand's industry-leading interior design and ample passenger room in the largest package currently available from the German brand. The Q7 is capable seating up to seven occupants across three rows and offers 72.5 cubic feet of total cargo, and it comes with a range of gasoline and diesel drivetrains while also providing substantial towing power and slippery weather traction thanks to standard quattro all-wheel drive.

The base Q7 Premium trim features a long list of standard equipment, including dual automatic climate control, heated leather seats that offer power adjustments for front passengers, tilt-and-telescoping steering, rear parking assistance, a power liftgate, a reclining second row and 18-inch wheels. The Premium trim also comes with the Audi MMI infotainment system as well as Bluetooth integration, satellite radio and a CD player. The Audi Q7 Premium starts at an MSRP of $46,250 and comes standard with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that makes use of a supercharger to push out 280 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission handles the gear shifting duties for the Q7 Premium, and fuel economy for this particular drivetrain is rated at 16-mpg city and 22-mpg highway.

Moving up to the Audi Q7 Premium Plus (MSRP $52,550) introduces a navigation system, surround sound DVD audio, a memory feature for the driver's seat and a rearview camera. Also along for the ride are parking sensors for the front of the crossover, adaptive HID headlights, a panoramic sunroof and power-folding exterior mirrors. Options for the Premium Plus model include four zones of automatic climate control. The Audi Q7 can also be had as an S line Prestige model (MSRP $59,950) that installs brings with it a more robust version of the same supercharged engine. Now generating 333 horses and 325 lb-ft of torque, the 3.0-liter unit maintains identical fuel mileage to the entry-level mill and also features the same transmission. Special 20-inch wheels, a somewhat sportier look and much of the same content of the Prestige trim level define this edition of the SUV.

The Audi Q7 TDI Prestige (MSRP $63,950) represents the top of the line edition of the full-size SUV, and its main selling point is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that generates 225 horsepower and a hefty 406 lb-ft of torque. Like all other versions of the vehicle, an eight-speed autobox and all-wheel drive are standard, and fuel economy for the diesel checks in at 17-mpg around town and 25-mpg highway. The Prestige trim is visually distinguished from other versions of the crossover through its 20-inch rims, and on the inside it offers ventilated and heated leather seats, a blind spot warning system, four zones of automatic climate control and tints for the multi-panel sunroof. The TDI engine can actually be ordered with any trim level, and a few minor differences in equipment are found throughout the lineup depending on whether the diesel or gas engine are under the hood.

A list of cars similar to the Q7 includes the 2012 Mercedes Benz GL450, 2013 Lexus LX570 and 2012 Cadillac Escalade.

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