Audi Q7 – Quick Drive

Yesterday, I was invited to the Audi Ireland Refresher Day in Killruddery House in Bray. What a venue it was! As soon as I entered through the large gates, lined up were a serious line up of cars. The Q7, A8, A7 Competition, A6 Avant and A4 were available from their “normal” range. Then parked up in front of the house were the serious machines; the TTS, RS3 and R8.

Audi Q7

A Few Facts:
Model Tested: Audi Q7
Engine: 3.0 diesel  – 272hp and 600Nm
Transmission: 8 Speed Tiptronic, Quattro four wheel drive
Price: The Q7 range starts from €72,125, as tested – €104,376, including options.

2015 Audi Q7 Quattro PMcG-43 (1280x853)

To start off, I was in the Q7. The first thing you notice about the Q7 is how absolutely and utterly HUGE it is. Pulling out of the gates of the house was done with care, it was quite a squeeze. It is when you climb aboard that you start to appreciate the sheer size of the Q7. Inside, the cabin is nicely laid out. Equipped with the virtual cockpit as standard, the Q7 is, once again, tech heaven. Options, in terms of technology, on this Q7 were the Phone Box (€701) and Audi Connect (€495). To read more about Audis tech, you can read my in depth review of the Audi A4.  Space is on the Q7s side with the 770 litre boot space and rear legroom galore, it is certainly a talking point. There are also 2 folding seats in the boot for the emergency school run.

2015 Audi Q7 Quattro PMcG-88 (1280x853)

As fun as it is playing around with all the toys, it was probably a good idea to take it for a drive, so thats what I did. The Q7 is 325kg lighter than the old model and as odd as it seems, for such a large car, this does not go unnoticed. The Q7 handles surprisingly well for the big boy that it is. Soaking up the uneven, pothole riddled backroads of Wicklow, the Q7 hadn’t a problem. But not only does it like munching up the backroads, motorway cruising is easily done. Equipped with  cruise control as standard, the Q7 will cruise the country with ease.

2015 Audi Q7 Quattro PMcG-55 (1280x853)

Competitors for the Q7 include the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5. Although the BMW may be more dynamic in terms of driving and the XC90 pretty great in every way, its once you step into the Q7 you know you are driving something special. The cabin is something to behold, something to be proud of when you own it. The Q7 is a serious SUV for the Irish market.