Audi Q7 – A Generational SUV


The Audi Q7 is a 4-door midsize luxury crossover SUV produced by the giant German car manufacturer Audi AG  since November 2005 to present, coming in a longitudinal F4 layout (Quattro) in relation to Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q8, and Bentley Bentayga. The Audi Q7 is a luxury vehicle and the first SUV to go on sale in 2006, coming in two generations from then to present. The first generation of the Audi Q7 joined the market between 2006 and 2015 under the codename Typ 4L utilizing a modified version of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. The second generation started its production in 2015 to present under the codename Typ 4M. 

If you are looking to purchase your next Audi Q7, this article concentrates on the first-generation models of the Audi Q7 in terms of engine, body design, and overall performance. 


The First Generation

The first generation of the Audi Q7 initially began its development as early as 2002 under the code AU 716 whereby the design work was paused and later on renewed in January 2003  prior to its official production in 2005. The launch of the Audi Q7 introduced to the world the only series production passenger car V12 TDI diesel engine. 



The first generation of the Audi Q7 comes in a total of seven petrol and diesel options backed by a 6- or 8-speed automatic, or ZF 8HP transmission. The petrol engines include the 3.6 FSI designed with 3.597 ccs and a power output of 276 hp while the second model comes in the 4.2 FSI designed with 4,163 ccs and a power output of 345 hp. On the other hand, the diesel models include the 3.0 TDI designed with a 2,967 cc V6 turbo engine backed by a 230 hp, the 3.0 TDI and TDI clean diesel both coming with a 2,967 cc V6 turbo engine supported by a 237 hp, the 4.2 TDI V8 turbo engine coming with 4,134 ccs and a 322 hp, along with the 6.0 TDI CGA produced with a V12 twin-turbo engine coming. 



The Audi Q7 interior is one of a kind, from its classic to present designs, this is one interior every car lover will want to have hands-on. There is a spacious room coming in a seven-passenger leather seating designed in 50/50 split-folding while alternatively, the third-row seating comes with collapsible headrests that once folded add more room to accommodate cargo. On the other hand, the interior is nicely decorated with wooden inlays on the dashboard, center console, and the door panels. Moreover, the interior comes with heated front seats with memory for the driver and front passengers’ convenience along with the Audi music interface with iPod integration, HomeLink and Bluetooth technology, the Audi MMI Navigation plus, BOSE Surround Sound system and a panorama sunroof to give the interior a relaxing airy feel. 

The Audi Q7 received a new facelift in 2010 that introduced the new instrument cluster, new leather seating, ambient door lighting, new interior color choices, new trim, and the third generation MMI control system. 


The exterior of the Audi Q7 is just as interesting as the interior. It comes with an appealing SUV frame that is customized into the signature Audi look by the Singleframe grille along with sophisticated 18’’ six-spoke wheels with 255/55 all-season tires, a neatly finished look by the full paint finish with Chrome Accent Package, a power tailgate, Audi parking system with ultrasonic parking sensors, and Audi-dimming interior mirror with compass. On the other hand, Audi is known for its excellent vision at night and during daytime due to its Audi Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights along with the LED taillights with activation speed and long service life. 

After receiving its facelift, the Audi Q7 advanced to incorporate a new body style with the front and rear, LED with optional LED turn signals and daytime running lights, new wheel designs, chrome accents, and four new paint colors.  

Safety and Security

When it comes to the safety and security of the passengers and the driver aboard, Audi is a perfect partner to the team. Its vehicles come with both standard and optional features that respond actively to any road accidents or collisions with other cars. The Audi Q7 is designed with a driver and front passenger dual-stage airbag supplemental restraints, and the driver and front passenger seat-mounted side thorax airbag supplement restraints as a standard feature in all Q7 models. 

Additionally, the Q7 comes with die guard head curtain airbags, front passenger occupant detection for airbag supplemental restraints, front three-point safety belts, rear second row, three points safety belts, and third-row three-point safety belts with safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger. The Audi Q7 also comes with a central locking system with a selective unlock feature, tire pressure monitor system, Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) with rollover mitigation and off-road mode, and an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). 

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