The leviathan version 2.0 cometh.
Almost one year after the launch of the Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI with a supercharged V6 petrol engine, comes the introduction of the Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro, combining a 2.0 litre four-cylinder, inline petrol engine with the quattro permanent-all wheel drive.
“The new Audi Q7 has always been an extraordinary vehicle, combining the off-road ability of an SUV, the versatility of a family vehicle and the prestige of an executive sedan.” says Rudi Venter, Marketing Director for Audi Malaysia. This leaner variant of the Audi Q7 provides better all-round performance and drivability, improved fuel efficiency and a full-fledged array of infotainment, convenience and safety features in comparison to the first-generation Audi Q7 3.0 quattro.
I had the Audi-tunity to take the Audi Q7 2.0 quattro for a spin, and I must say, the Audi Q7 looks like a beast even when it’s parked. A beast that is refined and sleek. Let’s get into it.
A colossal sight
On the exterior, the Audi Q7 2.0 quattro is identical with the 3-litre variant with the exception of having 19” 5 V-spoke design alloy wheels, instead of 20” cast aluminium wheels. Boasting a sculpted and muscular design language, the front of the vehicle is a definite eye-catcher, making heads turn with a bold Singleframe grille as well as LED headlights and Audi’s very own signature LED daytime running lights, forming a distinctive double arrow pattern.
As I got onto the driver’s seat, I can’t help but notice the 8.3” central screen displays Audi’s MMI navigation and MMI touch infotainment system that made me feel like James Bond. Embedded with high-resolution graphics, it also rises automatically from the dashboard upon engine ignition or through the driver information system (DIS) that is built into the driver’s instrument cluster. It provides easy control of the vehicle’s navigation, infotainment and telephone features. I had the liberty to blast heavy metal, hip hop and some jazz music while driving and I was impressed with the audio quality as the Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro comes equipped with Audi’s sound system featuring a 9-channel amplifier with 10 loudspeakers for a total output of 180 watts.
With a 4-spoke steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles, it provides an executive yet sporty interface within the vehicle, making the inside of the Audi Q7 suitable for comfort and class.
Inside the Audi Q7 is a clear example of a luxurious lounge for up to seven people, with ample legroom and a versatile electrically-operated split seats that can be folded down to increase the cargo space from an already spacious 770 litres to a broad 1955 litres, which makes it ideal for road trips! Front seat passengers are greeted with finely crafted dashboard featuring a two-tone inlay featuring an upper inlay in silver grey with a diamond finish and a lower inlay in anthracite with an anodised finish. Sleek.
Titan on the loose
On the road, the Audi Q7 exudes power and functionality. Powering the Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro is a 2.0 litre TFSI engine that incorporates a 4-cylinder in-line petrol engine with direct fuel injection and exhaust gas turbocharging as well as an 8-speed tiptronic transmission, enabling the Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 7.1 seconds. Upon stepping on the accelerator, it brought me to another level – Fast and Furious-esque, minus the bullets, explosions and Vin Diesel.
With its frugal fuel consumption rating of just 7.4l/100 km and a CO2 emissions rating of just 172 g/km, with beast mode activated, cost-effective long distance driving never felt better with a peace of mind.
On the other hand, the agile handling dynamics makes driving smooth and responsive; notably a lightweight experience maneuvering the Audi Q7. This benefit exists courtesy of Audi’s strict adherence to the principle of lightweight construction including the usage of intelligent multi-material design and the strategic deployment of aluminium components, which in turn allowed the it to undergo weight reduction of approximately 325 kg from the previous generation. Drive your heavy burdens away!
The new Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro also comes packed with all the electronic and mechanical features that the 3 litre variant enjoys, including a start/stop system with energy recovery. Safety features include the tyre pressure loss indicator, hill descent control, Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) which includes Traction Control (ASR), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and a total of eight airbags.
The all-new Audi Q7 is now available for booking at all authorised Audi dealerships and you have seven colour choices: Glacier White, Floret Silver, Argus Brown, Ink Blue, Graphite Grey, Orca Black and a special Daytona Grey with pearl effect. The Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro is CBU (completely built up) and priced from RM 524,900.
If you are keen to make heads turn even more, this sporty SUV can also be specced with an optional S line package which includes sportier accoutrements on the exterior. This package includes the front and rear bumpers, diffusers, 20” cast aluminium wheels amongst other things as well as a more dynamic interior features such as an S line sports steering wheel, sport seats, special inlays and so on for an additional RM 15,000.
For more information, visit www.audi.com.my