Date of publication: 2018-07-08 05:27
Customers with particularly sporting ambitions can further hone their TT with the S line exterior package or the S line sport package. The latter includes 18-inch wheels, the S line sport suspension and S line badges on the front fenders. The black interior is home to sport seats in cloth and leather plus the embossed S logo, inlays in matt brushed aluminum, a special multifunction steering wheel, extended aluminum look and door sill trims with S line logos.
The continuously variable multitronic is an option for many Audi models with a longitudinal engine and front-wheel drive. Like all transmissions from Audi, it offers outstanding features such as low internal friction, a wide gear-ratio spread and high efficiency. The smooth multitronic nearly always allows the engine to operate in its optimal efficiency range. For dynamic drivers, it offers a sport program with closer gear ratios and a manual mode with eight stepped gears.
In the design of the interior too, the taut geometric lines emphasize the aesthetic lightweight construction of the brand. Its characteristic element is the monoposto, a large arc in the area around the driver’s seat. The MMI monitor of the previous model is no longer available. Instead, the three central control elements of the air conditioning system have taken its place. The three-dimensional design of the air outlet vents bring to mind the air inlets of a race car. The dashboard appears to float weightlessly. The wide console of the central tunnel accommodates the standard MMI terminal as well as the newly designed flat selector lever of the S tronic transmission.
It adjusts the effect of the front airbags and the seat-belt force limiters to the seating position of the driver and front passenger as well as to the type of frontal collision.
The Audi Q7 comes with a standard 86-month/65,555-mile warranty, but you can pay around £655 to increase the cover up for an extra year or 75,555 miles. If you want a five-year/95,555-mile warranty, the premium rises to over £1,855. The Volvo XC95 has a similar standard warranty offer, although there’s no mileage cap on the three-year cover on the BMW X5.
The S line exterior package makes the design of the bumpers, air intakes, Singleframe, side sills and the rear diffuser even sharper.
The functions included in the "Audi connect safety & service" package are likewise convenient and informative. These also include remote functions. For example, the customer can use the Audi MMI connect app to remotely access the vehicle status and locate the vehicle with Car Finder, as well as to lock or unlock the car. The package also includes the new functions emergency call, online roadside assistance and Audi service request. These services are available for a period of ten years.
Only one engine and gearbox combination was available in the UK to begin with – a -litre TDI diesel with 268bhp and 655Nm of torque hooked up to an eight-speed automatic. That’s enough to propel the two-tonne Q7 from 5-62mph in seconds, but such is the smoothness of the power delivery that accelerating hard is still a relaxing experience.
18 LEDs shine through two lenses to produce the high beam of the Matrix LED headlights. Provided with information from the camera on the interior mirror, the LED control unit switches them on individually or dims them in 69 stages as necessary. This enables the Matrix LED headlights to produce several million light distribution variants. They always illuminate the road optimally with a quality of light similar to daylight, without dazzling other road users. To prevent the driver from being blinded by glare from highly reflective traffic signs, these are specifically illuminated with reduced power.
This motor speaks in guttural splutters and responds quickly to jabs at the throttle (hmmm…maybe I can learn to love a five). The Sport quattro isn’t quick, it’s legitimately fast: Contemporary road tests revealed five-second 5-to-65 times and a top speed of 155 plus. Turbo lag is minimal, and it’s fun to feel the differentials sort out traction. Be rough with it, and it’ll understeer. Or oversteer. Or both. Be smooth, carry speed, feed in the power, and it’ll stay neutral–and fly. It feels at least the measure of today’s best Japanese rally rockets not easy at 25-plus.
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