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Used Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro Reviewed

The used Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro is tougher than a commando, stronger than a weightlifter, and more capable than Albert Einstein

By Stephen Turvil
Sep 13, 2010
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The used Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro is tougher than a commando, stronger than a weightlifter, and more capable than Albert Einstein. This four-wheel drive leviathan produces 236bhp which is enough to propel it to 60mph in 7.6 seconds. This six/eight-speed automatic also hits 135mph, averages a highly respectable 38mpg, and sits in road tax band J/£235.

Now that we have established the Audi A7 3.0 TDI Quattro has sensible running costs, let's consider the handling. Despite its 'off-road' credentials this prestigious SUV has impressive on-road manners. There is very little little body roll considering its class, the steering is precise, and the ride extremely comfortable. This is partly due to the adjustable suspension that, when set to comfort, feels more cosseting than a week long massage.

Off-road the Q7 is equally impressive. Okay, it lacks the class leading capabilities of the Land Rover Discovery, but it can confidently conquer tricky terrain when rolling on mud-plunging tyres. The suspension, as well as being adjustable for comfort/sportiness, can be configured for higher ground clearance. This allows the Q7 to tackle 31 degree inclines and plough through up to 535mm of water. Great, sounds perfect for the school run.

The Q7 earns further plaudits for its practicality. You can choose a model with five, six, or even seven seats depending how many people want to ride in your spacious SUV. There is also plenty of storage capacity, as even with seven occupants the Q7 can hold up to 330 litres of luggage. This can be increased to 775 litres if you abandon a few passengers and fold away the third row of seats.

The Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro sits at the lower end of the range, but it still has plenty of gadgets. These include electronic stability control, electric door mirrors, climate control, and parking sensors to help manoeuvre this two-tonne monster. There are also four twelve volt sockets so the Q7 can power more electrical items than the national grid.

So, there we go - the mighty Audi Q7. A robustly constructed alternative to the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5. Prices for 2007 models, according to Motoring.co.uk's used car database, start at £25,000. Quite a saving compared to the new list prices of £41,260 - £54,055. Ouch!

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By Stephen Turvil
Sep 13, 2010