"Most powerful diesel SUV" arrives in UK this summer
2 March 2007

When Audi said it was unveiling the most powerful diesel SUV on the market, we got all excited. You see, we thought that it was unveiling a production version of the 6.0-litre V12-powered Q7 that we tried in September 2006.

Sadly, it’s not the V12 Q7, but the nonetheless impressive 4.2-litre V8-powered Q7. And with 322bhp and 561lb ft, it beats the 5.0-litre V10 TDi VW Touareg by 13bhp and 8lb ft.

Audi claims that the new 4.2 TDi has 'the drivability of a sports car'. While we can't deny that it's sports-car quick – with the ability to reach 62mph in 6.4sec and hit 146mph, we can't help but feel that whoever made this claim has never actually driven a sports car.

Like all Q7s, the 4.2 TDI is available as a five-, six- or seven-seater. Audi says a four-seater version is also on the way. Maybe they'll even do a two-seater for a true sports-car experience...

Either way, we've pulled a Jumbo Jet with the V10 Touareg, so we're expecting to be able to pull nothing less than an Airbus A380 with the new Q7.

If you've got a plane to move, the Q7 4.2 TDi is available to order from April, with first deliveries due in June.

Rory Lumsdon

Our Verdict

Audi Q7

The Q7 is accomplished, but doesn’t feel as at home on UK roads as more refined rivals like the Range Rover Sport and BMW X5

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