Audi Q7 review - lighter, more efficient and loaded with tech, but should you buy one? - Performance and 0-60mph time

Better to drive and plenty of tech, but still behind rivals

Evo rating
Price
from £50,340
  • Space and practicality mix with Audi quality
  • The driving equivalent of beige; expensive if you dive into the options

Performance and 0-60mph time

Saving weight was a big priority for Audi with the new Q7 and overall a substantial 325kg has been trimmed from the outgoing model – the base Q7 weighs 1995kg. The body in white is 75kg lighter, the aluminium doors are 24kg lighter and the front and rear five-link suspension saves a further 67kg. 

The result is that the powertrain, at least in 267bhp state of tune, is well suited to the task of propelling the Q7 down the road. 62mph arrives in 6.5-seconds and it will top 145mph while returning 47.9mpg. The 443lb ft of torque delivered at 1500rpm goes a long way to making the Q7 quicker than Porsche’s entry level Cayenne Diesel.

In 215bhp form, performance is still strong – the 0-62mph dash takes 7.3 seconds and Autobahn performance drops a little to 134mph.

The SQ7, as it should be, is in another league in terms of performance compared to the rest of the range. Despite it having more bulk to shift, it weighs 2330kg, it reaches 62mph in 4.9 seconds. 

Power comes in the form of 429bhp and 664lb ft of torque, generated via a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel. Despite its weight, the SQ7 is half a second quicker than an F Type convertible

Most Popular

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed - front tracking
Mercedes C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury

New C-class to launch as four-cylinder only; AMGs expected to be the same
23 Feb 2021
Lexus IS500 F Sport revealed – naturally aspirated V8 sports saloon is back
Lexus IS500 F Sport -
Lexus

Lexus IS500 F Sport revealed – naturally aspirated V8 sports saloon is back

It’s a recipe that AMG, BMW and Audi say no longer appeals, but Lexus has gone its own way, with an almighty catch
22 Feb 2021
GMA T.50s Niki Lauda track-only supercar revealed
T.50s Niki Lauder - front quarter
Track cars

GMA T.50s Niki Lauda track-only supercar revealed

More power and more downforce for track-focused version of Gordon Murray’s ultimate supercar
22 Feb 2021