2008 Audi Q7 Reviews


The Audi Q7 ingeniously combines sportiness and versatility. On the road the performance SUV from Audi excels with the driving performance and dynamism of a sports car; off-road it redefines the possibilities of its genre. 2008 audi q7 reviews by The Car Connection will discuss more in depth how the Audi Q7 works well on-road and off-road as well.

The 2008 audi Q7 is Audi's first ever SUV offering. The large crossover provides seating for seven and rides on Volkswagen's 7L platform. The design is based on the Audi Pikes Peak Quattro concept car, and mechanically the Q7 is similar to the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne.

The 2008 Audi Q7 can be ordered with a 280 horsepower 3.6-liter V6, or a 4.2-liter 350 horsepower V8. Audi rates the V6 Q7's combined fuel consumption rated at 17mpg, which shouldn't come as a surprise as it weighs 5,027lbs. The Premium trim of the V6 is 100lbs heavier but achieves the same fuel economy numbers. Main differences between the two include equipment, with the Premium getting Audi's Advanced Multi Media Interface system, a parking system with reverse camera and an upgraded audio system with Sirius satellite radio in place of the standard six-disc in-dash, eight-speaker set-up. To distinguish the two from the outside, the Premium also gets more brightwork, including chromed roof rails.

Audi has also previewed a V12 TDI Q7 with a 500 horsepower engine similar to the one featured in the R10 Le Mans racing car. The V12 model is not currently on sale in America.The 2008 Audi Q7 comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive, which does not have a low-range transfer case.


The Q7 may be the new leader of the pack, but the pack still follows uncomfortably close to its heels. It is much closer to SUV heaven than to the hell of live-axle trucks, but it is not quite the aged-straight, single-barrel, gold-medal stuff we sip in our dreams.
2008 Audi Q7 reviews by Car Connection


Reviewers note that the 2008 Audi Q7 drives like the heavy vehicle that it is, but most are impressed with its engineering. Still, its performance ranks near the bottom of its class. "The Q7's biggest drawback? Weight -- big, raw, don't-sit-near-me tonnage," says the Los Angeles Times. "This is an unavoidable consequence in these sorts of kitchen-sink vehicles that must offer credible off-road capacity as well as luxury on-road performance. But beyond that, you can begin to feel the effects of its weight and aerodynamic resistance in passing performance." Continue with our full Performance review to learn whether or not you should spring for the optional V8 engine. continue 2008 Audi Q7 review

Q7 Exterior (Very Good)
The 2008 Audi Q7 has a distinctive and massive look that some auto writers feel is appealing, but that others find disappointing. Some call it striking, while the Detroit News thinks the Q7 has "hideous exterior styling." Regardless, the Q7's unique looks earn it an exterior ranking near the top of its class. Continue with our full Exterior review to learn why one reviewer calls the Audi's looks "flat-out beautiful,".

Q7 Interior (Very Good)

Reviewers find the Audi Q7's interior appropriately luxurious for its luxury-SUV status, putting its cabin near the top of the class. "The mix of materials conveys a level of luxury that matches, if not exceeds, the Q7's price," says New Car Test Drive. There are three rows of seats, which the manufacturer claims seat seven, though reviews differ as to how many passengers can actually ride comfortably. Continue with our Interior Review to learn why some reviewers complain about the cockpit controls.

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