Revised engine will make it the most fuel efficient in the class, Audi claims
26 October 2010

Audi has announced a new diesel engine for the 2011 Q7. The entry level 3.0-litre TDI is based on a de-tuned version of the previous model, making it less powerful, but more efficient.

The new engine produces 201bhp and 332lb ft of torque, a decrease of 36bhp and 74lb ft of torque.

Alterations to its turbocharger and camshafts as well as the addition of a stop-start system give the new Q7 figures of 39mpg and 189g/km CO2 emissions.

Audi estimates that the new Q7 will reach the UK in the second half of 2011. Prices for the UK have not yet been confirmed, but prices in Germany have been confirmed at 51,800 euro (£45,375)

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27 October 2010

Same lump going in the Touareg, too, unsurprisingly...about £1300 cheaper than the 240PS model.


27 October 2010

I'm a mild man but there's something about the Q7 that really winds me up. It might simply be the enormous, unjustifiable, consumption-on-overdrive bulk; it could be the disjointed, plain ugly get-out-of-my-way-little-man styling; perhaps it is the way that it signifies how Audi, a brand that once stood for engineering thoroughness and clean, Bauhaus styling, has sold its soul in pursuit of BMW conquest sales; or it could be that I remember the ads that they ran in national newspapers as the recession started to bite that tried to sell the Q7 on rational grounds along with images that were designed to hide its sheer mass. It's a stupid looking, stupidly big car that is big and stupid for no good reason. I loathe it.

Getting a few extra MPG out of it doesn't stop me feeling any of those things.

27 October 2010

[quote RobotBoogie] It's a stupid looking, stupidly big car that is big and stupid for no good reason. I loathe it.
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So the Range Rover is on your hit list as well...

27 October 2010

I am not anti 4x4 and out here in the shires, some Rangies have genuine mud splattered up the sides. The Audi however is offensive, ugly and driven by those pretentious women or short men who appear to have detected a bad odour somewhere on the dash. Three of them double park outside our local primary school, blocking in sensible cars, their owners oblivious to lesser mortals. Even in California, this car irritates, while Cayennes, X5s etc. do not. An abomination.

27 October 2010

[quote ballyblack]So the Range Rover is on your hit list as well...[/quote]

Well, there is something slightly less cynical about a Range Rover in that it at least has a genuine 4x4 heritage and compared to a Q7 is a model of elegance but, looked at objectively, it is another unnecessarily overengineered and overweight method of moving people from point A to point B - and has an unfortunate track record of breaking down en route at point C.

27 October 2010

[quote Autocar]Alterations to its turbocharger and camshafts as well as the addition of a stop-start system give the new Q7 figures of 39mpg [/quote] 39mpg means it is almost as economical (40 to 45) as the new Volt. Personally I have always had a wicked streak in me that fancies the Q7, with the V12 6.0 litre diesel with 750 ft/lbs of torque, mainly to drive the anti 4x4 activists mad.

27 October 2010

I actually like the look of it, but I can't imagine any possible scenario in which I would consider buying one.

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