The Q7 was first introduced to North America in 2007 and Audi has announced 2013 is the last year of production for the model's first generation, with an all-new design set to debut for 2014. To keep buyers enticed, Audi has equipped the 2013 Q7 with new features that are sure to excite shoppers.
Options made available for the 2013 Audi Q7 include a Bang & Olufson sound system, Audi MMI Navigation with Internet connectivity and an integrated dual-screen rear seat entertainment system. Perhaps most notable is the upgraded diesel engine installed in the Q7 TDI model.
The new 3.0L V6 TDI delivers 240 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque, which is 15 more horsepower than the engine equipped on last year’s TDI. Another improvement over the previous engine is the 12% increase in fuel-efficiency, producing 19/28 mpg city/highway. Besides the 3.0TDI, the Q7 also offers a 3.0T Premium and 3.0T S Line Prestige trim. The two latter trims have 3.0L V6 engines that use premium gasoline instead of diesel and are both supercharged.
However, the S Line equips a high-output version of the 3.0L V6 that makes 333 HP versus the 280 HP coming out of the base 3.0T. The entire Q7 line-up is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with Audi quattro all-wheel drive. Seven passengers can fit inside the Q7’s interior cabin with three across the second-row and two in the rear. While the rear seat struggles to fit full-size adults, it is only a two-seater, which allows for easy folding when in need of the extra cargo room.
The Q7 provides performance for all passengers but true comfort is only found in the Audi’s two front seats. Along with the cramped rear seats, the cargo area also seems small for the size of the SUV crossover. Though some consumers may complain about its’ styling, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class offers plenty of space for rear passengers while also having a diesel engine available. The cost of the Mercedes, however, is high for even the luxury segment. A luxury crossover with three-rows and a smaller price tag than both the R-Class and Q7 is the Lincoln MKT. With plenty of third-row legroom and a long list of standard features, the MKT packs plenty of value. Still, when it comes to styling and performance, the Audi is near the top of the class.
The Q7 offers the high-end quality and sporty performance that consumers have come to know from Audi, but in a larger package.
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