The Q7 is a giant amongst SUVs. But its new engine line-up embraces the downsizing trend. For the 2011 model year, the 276bhp 3.6-litre V6 and 345bhp 4.2-litre V8 engines have been replaced by two versions of Audi’s supercharged six-pot unit which debuted in the S4.
The lower powered version offers less power than before, at 268bhp, but 40Nm torque. This powers the Q7 from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds - 0.6-seconds faster than before - and gives it a top speed of 140mph.
The more powerful version that takes over from the 4.2-litre engine delivers 328bhp and 440Nm of torque. This allows the Q7 to reach 62mph from rest 0.5 seconds more quickly than the V8 at 6.9 seconds, and to continue to a top speed of 152mph.
Both versions return the same fuel economy figure of 26.4mpg and 249g/km of CO2, representing a mpg improvement of 12 per cent over the old V6 and 16 per cent over the V8, and a 40g/km and 55g/km step up respectively.
Also available is an all-new 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine which features start-stop technology. The unit returns 38.2mpg making it 19 per cent more fuel efficient than the previous unit. The engine also powers the Q7 from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds – 0.6-seconds faster than before.
All models benefit from the new eight-speed auto gearbox which debuted in the new A8. Prices range from £40,135 to £54,055 and the newcomer is available to order now.