The Audi Q7 has been around for a decade now, and in that time it has become one of, if not the best option for large SUV buyers.
It has an imposing on-road presence, it’s easy to drive and is beautifully put together. For those looking to cruise in comfort with buckets of space for all the family, you really can’t do much better.
So if that sounds exactly like what you’re looking for, let Motors.co.uk guide you through the buying process. Here’s our pick for three different types of buyer…
The smart choice for those on a budget: Audi Q7 SE
Okay, so the term budget is rather relative here as the least expensive way into Q7 ownership is the SE trim at a little under £50,000.
However, compare that to rivals and it’s more than reasonable – the Volvo XC90 costs a little less and is lovely inside but it doesn’t drive as well, while the more expensive Range Rover Sport has a more comfortable ride but higher running costs.
As you’d expect from a car in this price range, even though it’s technically the entry-level model, the SE still comes with some impressive kit.
Inside there’s leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and a fully adjustable steering wheel with multi-function buttons. On the exterior there are 19-inch alloy wheels, LED rear lights and electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors.
There’s also plenty of safety and security kit, with everything that’s available on the more expensive S line trim also being available on the SE. This includes electronic stability control, electronic differential lock, hill descent control and Audi’s collision avoidance tech.
There’s only one engine available – a 3.0-litre diesel – but it comes with two different power outputs. The least expensive of the two is the less powerful 215bhp version, which starts at £48,455.
The smart choice for value for money: Audi Q7 S line
If you can find the cash, the extra kit available on the more expensive S line version of the Q7 makes it worth the step up.
With both the 215 and 268bhp engine variants, the S line comes in at a £3,500 premium, which is a relatively small amount on a £50,000 car.
The extra cash mostly goes towards sportier styling upgrades. On the outside, that means 20-inch alloy wheels, an S line bodykit and privacy glass. LED headlights with a sweeping indicator light are also welcome upgrades.
Inside, there are brushed aluminium and chrome inlays, a leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel and four-zone climate control. Subtle S line badging also features throughout.
With the 215bhp engine variant, the Audi Q7 S line starts at £51,950.
The smart choice for technophiles: Audi SQ7
For those who want to go all-out for the top-spec model, look no further than the SQ7. The performance version of the large SUV comes with a lot of extra power at a much higher price.
Under the bonnet is a 4.0-litre diesel V8 engine making 429bhp and an incredible 900Nm of torque. Despite weighing nearly 2.5 tonnes, it can still complete the 0-60mph sprint in just 4.7 seconds.
The SQ7 comes with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, but 21- and 22-inch options are available. Other exterior design enhancements include unique bumper designs, dual-exit exhaust pipes and an aluminium-effect cover for the wing mirrors and air inlets.
The interior is largely similar to the S line model but with unique SQ7 badging and bespoke steel pedals.
December 23, 2016