AUBURN HILLS, MI - With 326 horsepower, 550 ft.-lb. of torque, 0-62 mph in 6.4 seconds, top speed of 146 mph, acres of leather, panoramic sunroof, auto-manual six speed, multi-setting air suspension, power everything, and parking assist, the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI practically bribes its occupants into loving it, according to the Web site www.jalopnik.com.
Power extends into every facet of the vehicle; every button, every bolt, every joint and stitch. According to www.jalopnik.com, that sums up the character and content of the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI. One can’t drive the Q7 without driving it like you own the road.
With 550 lb.ft. of torque flowing through a well programmed automatic transmission, acceleration is effortless. Turbo lag is limited; each turbo dedicates its compression to its own bank of cylinders. The first half inch of pedal tip-in oddly provides little or no response, but beyond that, a crush of power is at your beck and call. The all-wheel-drive system in concert with traction control provides sure footing in most driving situations. On the road, the system provides sure handling, especially when the lowest setting on the air suspension is selected, according to www.jalopnik.com. While it's certainly not car-like in its handling, it exhibited behavior much closer to a sedan then an SUV.
Steering feedback is direct and precise.Audi maintains the dramatic red lighting of the past and extends it into the easy to use screen. A click and rotate knob provides interaction for most car functions, while secondary knobs do the work for heating systems and the radio volume. An odd feature is the keyless start function.
While Audi maintains its trademark switchblade key fob, you have the option of using it in the ignition switch, or leaving it in your pocket and hitting the "Engine Start" button. The panoramic sunroof provides a light and airy cabin. Shift into reverse and the rearview camera displays what's behind you as well as a constantly updated vehicle path on the main screen.