You may not think of the Audi Q7 as a green car, but a new 204 PS version can achieve 39.2 mpg , along with 189 g/km CO
, which is impressive for a car of this size.
The Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro 204 PS still has seven seats and quattro four-wheel-drive with variable height adaptive air suspension for genuine off-road capability.
With the lower output V6 TDI engine first seen in the A6, the 3.0 TDI 204PS starts at £39,995 and rises to £49,120.
The timing of the 3.0-litre engine’s camshafts, its turbocharger and its advanced common-rail system have been optimised specifically with fuel efficiency in mind.
The Q7 comes with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, and with its 450 Nm torque it can accelerate to 62 mph from rest in 9.1 seconds, on to a top speed of 127 mph.
The drive is channelled to all four wheels in a 40% front to 60% rear ratio by the quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system, which comes with the standard five-mode air suspension with its variable ground clearance of between 180mm and 240mm.
Four specification levels are available for the Q7 – Standard, SE, S line and the new S line Plus. The latter includes 21-inch 5 segment-spoke alloy wheels, standard metallic paint, tinted privacy glass from the B-pillar rearwards, running boards and a powered tailgate. The interior includes features such as hard disk-based satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone preparation with online services giving access to Google Earth navigation mapping and creating a Wi-Fi hotspot for in-car internet access, Audi Music Interface iPod connection linked to an upgraded speaker system and the Audi Parking System Advanced with reversing camera.
S line Plus specification carries a premium of £4,500 over the existing S line option, and is available in conjunction with five of the six available engines, which include the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrols in 272 PS and 333 PS forms, the 204 PS and 245 PS V6 Diesels and the 340PS 4.2-litre V8 TDI. The Q7 V12 TDI with its 1,000 Nm torque has its own unique specification.