Audi Q7 refreshed

Audi Q7 refreshed to bring it up to date visually and technically

Reuben Van Niekerk
Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 has undergone an all-round update, both visually and technically. The large SUV now features the new design of the Q family and offers superb dynamics and excellent comfort, in addition to its superior spaciousness. The updated digital operating interior concept and full suite of Audi connect services are just some of its new highlights.


Updated styling

The hallmark SUV elements of the current design language include a large octagon shaped single frame grille, with six upright slats providing the structure and giving the SUV an even more powerful look. Two part-side air inlets have a much more expressive line, just like the sill area that underscores the large SUVs ground clearance and its off-road capabilities. The headlights, optionally with Matrix LED technology, emphasise the width of this full-sized model with their contour and light signature.


A striking chrome strip creates a visual connection between the flat rear lights with their technical-looking graphics and carries forward the horizontal bodyline. The Audi Q7 is even more striking in the S line configuration with enhanced exterior accents including a blade in the front bumper, radiator grille in titanium black, sportily accentuated under body protection at the rear along with full paint finish, high gloss package, roof rails in aluminium and standard 20-inch wheels.


Dynamic enhancements

Audi has substantially enhanced the dynamic facets of the Q7 with optimised all-wheel steering that allows for the rear wheels to turn as much as five degrees in the opposite direction. Ride quality is excellent when equipped with the optional adaptive air suspension, which also provides variable ground clearance and makes the Q7 with its standard Quattro system even more capable off-road.


Under the bonnet

The local model line up consists of one diesel engine, the Q7 45 TDI Quattro tiptronic. Boasting 183kW and 600Nm and coupled to an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox, this model can sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 6,9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 225km/h.


Inside story

Whether with five or seven seats, the Audi Q7 combines immense prestige with practical everyday qualities as it outdoes its direct competitors with interior length as well as headroom and elbow room in the front and rear.


Depending on the position of the rear seat backs, the luggage compartment of the five-seater version offers between 865 and 2 050 litres of capacity, with a flat load area.


The cockpit architecture harmonizes perfectly with the new, digital operating concept, which incorporates two large touchscreens and provides haptic and acoustic feedback when clicking on the touch controls.


Standard MMI navigation plus delivers top of the line connectivity, features an embedded SIM, a Wi-Fi hotspot, natural voice control and the extensive Audi connect portfolio with includes Car2X services while additional functionality is accessible through the MyAudi application.


Optional packages

The new Audi Q7 will offer the package concept as introduced on other models launched in South Africa. The concept aims to reduce complexity when ordering a new vehicle, considering that a customer is generally faced with a long list of options to choose from. These packages have been defined by a combination of customer preferences as well as strategic options and include the Comfort, Black styling and S line interior packages.



Audi Q7 45 TDI Quattro tiptronic                R1 328 500

Audi Q7 45 TDI Quattro S line tiptronic      R 1 388 500