Audi Q7 - best 4x4s and SUVs
Second-generation Q7 is lighter and more efficient than before, but it still has plenty of space
The original Audi Q7 was an SUV with a bit of an image problem, as it towered over its rivals. The brand has changed that with the Mk2, which sports a much sharper design. One of the main headlines is that the German brand has managed to trim 325kg from the kerbweight – bringing better handling and improved efficiency.
Even though it’s narrower and shorter than the old Q7, this generation can still hold seven people and a decent amount of luggage with ease.
There are two power variants of a 3.0-litre TDI engine available, the e-tron hybrid that promises more than 160mpg and emissions under 50g/km, and the rapid SQ7, which can sprint from 062mph in 4.9 seconds.
The Q7 is a showcase for Audi’s advanced technology, and while air-suspension is now an option, at least quattro four-wheel drive is fitted across the range. SE models are comfortable, and although the 4WD system won’t take the Q7 as far off road as a Range Rover, it gives reassurance in slippery conditions and is able to transfer 85 per cent of the engine’s torque to the back wheels.