After more than 6 years in the making, the second generation Audi Q7 is here. Though considerably lighter than the previous model, the 2017 Q7 is lower, wider, and longer. The sleek aerodynamic look of this luxury midsize SUV is accentuated by a flashy grill, bulging fenders, a matte trim, and a gently tapering roofline. By drawing the focus away from off-roading and towards comfort and practicality, the 2017 Audi Q7 was able to shed more than 700 lbs from its predecessor. The new model uses mostly aluminum and hollow parts rather than steel on the body and suspension system, allowing it to shed the unnecessary weight intended for off-pavement activities. These weight saving measures ensure peak driving performance and fuel economy, without sacrificing size, safety, or power, making it one of lightest and highest performing midsize SUVs on the market.
It wouldn’t be an Audi without stunning interior design, user friendly media interface, and innovative technology. The 2017 Audi Q7 features a newly designed interior that is as beautiful and contemporary as it is functional. The new dashboard includes a 7-inch screen, equipped with on-board WiFi and 4G LTE, that can be raised and lowered from the dashtop with the push of a button. The screen can be controlled by a touchpad on the center console, which includes pinch to zoom and handwriting recognition, allowing for seamless and easy navigation of the infotainment display. In addition, the Audi Q7 introduced an optional new virtual cockpit: a 12.3 inch high resolution display behind the steering wheel which transitions between the traditional instrument display and a 3D map for distraction free navigation. Furthermore, tablets can be fitted to the seatbacks to work in conjunction with the on-board WiFi for multimedia entertainment. In addition to a cutting edge infotainment system and beautiful interior design, the Audi Q7 also features a roomy interior cabin and a third row of pop-up seats, allowing for the car to comfortably seat 7. The 2017 Q7 also includes an optional foot-motion activated tailgate and a large cargo capacity able to fit five large bags, making it practical in addition to comfortable.
While Audi is known for valuing appearance and comfort, nothing is more important to the German auto maker than safety. The 2017 Audi Q7 introduced a number of automated driver-assist technologies, rear and blind-spot sensors, and even night vision assist technology.
The automated driver-assist technologies include traffic sign recognition, active lane assist, and traffic jam assist, which provides gentle acceleration and braking when traveling in congested traffic, allowing for semi-autonomous driving. Radar sensors in the rear bumper allow for the driver and passengers to be alerted with tones and lights when a vehicle or cyclist is approaching from behind. These sensors also warn drivers of approaching vehicles when reversing across traffic. Furthermore, an infrared camera and thermal imaging technology can detect pedestrians and large animals at long distances in dark driving conditions and issue an appropriate warning. In addition to these driver-assist features, the 2017 Audi Q7 received an overall five star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Program and was a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Becoming lighter has made the 2017 Audi Q7 considerably more efficient than the previous model. The 3.0 liter TDI engine can achieve around 30-35 mpg on the highway, and 280 horsepower. The Audi Q7 also comes with an optional supercharged V-6 engine, which is less efficient but much more powerful. The 333 horsepower supercharged engine can accelerate the Q7 from 0 to 60 in as little as 5.7 seconds, and can tow up to 7,700 lbs. Along with speed and power, the Q7 has an exceptional amount of control, with 443 lb/ft of torque. Due to its lightweight design, the Audi Q7 is one of the best performing vehicles in the midsize SUV class.
The Audi Q7 combines exceptional design with exceptional performance, and it starts at $54,800. Driving a 2017 Audi Q7 is the embodiment of comfort and luxury, and with its spacious cabin of seating and cargo space, it is the perfect car for families and road trips. To get behind the wheel of an Audi Q7 for much less than the sticker price, you should consider renting one from First Class Rent-a-Car in Miami, FL. You shouldn’t have to pay full price to experience luxury, visit First Class Rent-a-Car today.