When it comes to luxury SUVs, one is spoilt for choice. The firm favourite by far has been the BMW X5. The new kid on the block, the Volvo XC90, caused quite a stir in the market when it got launched. But, BMW has bigger things to worry about thanks to its German competitor, the Audi Q7.
The model has proven to be a hit with hundreds of thousands of motorists over the years. Last year, the company launched the second-generation model. And, I have to say, it’s a vast improvement over an already successful luxury SUV.
If you were in the market for such a vehicle today, here’s why you should favour the Audi Q7 over the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90.
The Audi Q7 makes extensive use of aluminium:
In case you didn’t know, aluminium is a lightweight yet durable metal. It gets used in a variety of applications from smartphones to vehicles. Audi is quite proud of the fact that the Q7 gets built with plenty of this metal.
Did you know that the second-generation Q7 is 325 kg lighter than the outgoing one? That’s because Audi redesigned some elements of the car to use more aluminium and less steel!
Four-wheel steering is a useful tech feature:
The latest incarnation of the Audi Q7 offers four-wheel steering. At speeds of 9 mph or less, the rear wheels turn in opposite directions to the front ones. This happens so there is more manoeuvrability at lower speeds.
So, how does four-wheel steering impact the way you drive? The answer is simple: it makes the car agiler. It also stops you turning in a direction that you don’t wish to go!
Aside from the four-wheel steering, Audi has improved the suspension setup on the Q7. Potential buyers may wish to invest in the optional air suspension upgrade. This ensures the car remains level at all times, regardless of the terrain.
Even without the air suspension, the standard setup is pretty phenomenal. Most trims in the Q7 range also sit on 19-inch wheels and superior Audi tyres. The good thing about the Q7’s suspension and wheel setup is you still feel connected to the road.
Some of the model’s competitors don’t offer much feedback from the road. This can be a dangerous thing in certain situations. Audi hopes that such shortcomings will encourage people to buy the Q7.
State of the art infotainment centre:
As you might expect from a premium SUV, the Audi Q7 boasts a cutting-edge infotainment system. It has an 8.3-inch colour touchscreen display that offers many features.
Examples include satellite navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming and handsfree connectivity.
New owners also have a three-month free trial of the Audi Connect Online services. In essence, it’s your on-board source of information on topics like nearby filling stations. It can also tell you about the weather and give you live traffic reports. It even lets you create an on-board, secure Wi-Fi hotspot!