Jumat, 22 April 2011

2011 Audi Q7 Review

The Audi Q7 SUV vehicle range has introduced a whole new concept in this particular niche in the market ever since production for this model began. But with the return of the 2011 Audi Q7 into the market, it welcomes a few new tricks into the foray to give the added oomph to an already impressive vehicle lineup. To learn whether this will become a dominant force in the industry, you can read more from the review below.

The expectations for the 2011 Audi Q7 are quite high. Therefore, the engineers and designers of this new model also increase their performance. On the exteriod end, this one is rather large for a crossover SUV. It comes with a longer wheelbase and can therefore accommodate up to 7 passengers overall. The exterior wheels range in size between 18 and 21 inches in size but it could largely depend on the trim level options. Other notable exterior features for this vehicle are heated sideview mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, two-tone or monochromatic exterior paints, and xenon headlights, to name a few. The bumpers for this model has been slightly varied to introduce a sleeker design to facilitate better air intake.

Redefining the concept of a seven-passenger SUV, the Audi Q7 offers a sophisticated look that’s unlike anything else in the category. It’s wide, muscular stance and sweeping, coupe-like roofline tips you off to its sporty pedigree.

Progressive Design and Coupe-like Roof Line
Redefining the concept of a seven-passenger SUV, the Audi Q7 offers a sophisticated look that’s unlike anything else in the category. It’s wide, muscular stance and sweeping, coupe-like roofline tips you off to its sporty pedigree.

Extensive Wheel Options
Whether it’s the standout 18” six-spoke wheels, the sleek 21” five-tri-spoke wheels or the 19” and 20” wheel options, the Q7 is ready to take on nearly any road anywhere.

Audi xenon plus Headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, Audi adaptive Headlights and LED Turn Signals
The signature LED daytime running lights and available high-intensity Audi xenon plus headlights not only add a distinct look to the vehicle, they also improve visibility while using half of the energy of conventional bulbs. The same LED technology is integrated into the turn signals, creating an exclusive look. The Q7 also features available Audi adaptive headlights, which utilize input from the steering wheel and speed of the vehicle to pivot up to 15 degrees to allow you to see ahead in the dark by lighting up corners more effectively.

LED lights are superior to conventional bulbs, thanks to faster activation speeds and bright light emissions. In addition, they can last an entire vehicle lifetime and consume up to 50 percent less energy while adding a signature look to your Audi.

Power Tailgate
With the touch of a finger, the power tailgate opens and closes for maximum convenience. Additionally, you can program the opening height to best suit your needs.


Class-leading Fit and Finish
The Audi Q7 sets the standard for luxury with its generous use of the finest materials and premium features. For instance, the available genuine wood or Brushed Aluminum decorative inlay options create a category-defining interior. Meanwhile, ambient LED interior lighting, located in the doors and overhead console enhancing the overall interior style of the Q7.

Heated Twelve-way Power Front Seats
Twelve-way power front seats are heated for added comfort and include four-way power lumbar adjustment as well as adjustable head restraints. The seats come with an available ventilation mode, which circulates air through perforations in the seats for increased comfort and airflow.

Seven Passenger Seating Capacity with 28 Seating Positions
The clean lines of the Audi Q7 interior are designed to create an uncluttered, progressive looking environment that easily accommodates seven passengers. Additionally, it offers the flexibility of 28 different interior configurations to suit your specific needs.

Panorama Sunroof with Power Sunshade
The available three-panel Panorama sunroof produces a unique, light-filled driving experience. Both front and rear glass elements can be tilted, and the front panel can be opened along a length of 19". The sunroof features a front power sunshade for automatic opening as well as a rear manual sunshade. Outstanding fresh-air comfort combines with excellent aeroacoustics, including a mesh wind deflector, for an extremely low noise build up.

Four-zone Climate Control
Occupants in the driver, front passenger as well as the occupants of the rear seating areas can select and control their desired level of heating or cooling via the center console with the available four-zone climate control system. A light sensor on the dashboard adjusts the system based on the sun's intensity.

Bang & Olufsen® Advanced Sound System
This available 14-speaker sound system delivers more than 1,000 watts of power and combines state-of-the-art technologies that include Acoustic Lens technology, proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and ICEpower digital amplification with a detailed study of the Q7 interior. More than a sound system built into a car, the system is the ultimate driving and listening experience, a virtual concert hall on wheels.

72.5 Cubic Feet of Cargo Carrying Capacity
The interior of the Q7 is as functional as it is luxurious. Folding the second and third row seats yields 72.5 cu. ft. of carrying capacity at the ready.

Audi music interface
This connective technology offers intelligent integration with the iPod® and iPhone®. Any iPod Generation 4 and higher may be connected through the glove box, providing full iPod controls on the MMI® screen. This feature allows connection of a USB flash drive or a conventional auxiliary audio input as well.

MMI® Navigation plus with Real-time Traffic
The available MMI® Navigation plus features a 7" full-color LCD screen and MMI control logic. The Q7 comes equipped with the latest generation of MMI, powered by a 40-GB hard drive and an NVIDIA® processor to enhance graphics. This generation MMI offers HD Radio™ Technology and a color driver information system, real-time traffic, and 3D topography graphics that include the buildings in many cities and the crystal clear digital AM and FM sound of HD Radio Technology with over 1,000 new stations. Also included is voice control for navigation and telephone functions.

Audi adaptive cruise control
This available system enhances conventional cruise controlCruise ControlThis electronic aid keeps the car moving at a constant speed, reducing stress on the driver particularly where speed limits must be observed, when towing a trailer, and on long trips.Cruise Control by monitoring the distance to the vehicle ahead via radar sensors. The system automatically reduces or resumes speed to maintain the safe distance selected by the driver. Should braking be necessary, the system will automatically return to its preset speed when able. In certain conditions, the system will even bring the vehicle to a complete stop.


Front and side airbags are standard for front seat passengers, as are side curtain airbags for all three rows. Side airbags for second-row passengers are optional. A host of stability technologies, including quattro, electronic stability control and traction control are all standard.

The base 3.0T's 272 hp can't quite match the old 3.6-liter V-6's 280 hp, but the 295 lb-ft of torque betters the 266 lb-ft offered by the previous, normally aspirated V-6. The slightly dulled reflexes of the lower-output 3.0T are still perfectly adequate for a people hauler - acceleration isn't neck-snapping, but you'll have no problem merging with traffic or passing dawdlers.

Both versions of the 3.0T are projected to use less fuel than the engines they replace, but exact EPA numbers are not yet available; the eight-speed automatic transmission alone is supposedly good for a 5 percent fuel economy gain.
What we don't yet know is the price difference between the two. Currently, $14,100 separates the base V-6 at $47,725 from the V-8 at $61,825, with the TDI nestled in between at $51,725.

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