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Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro (2008)

by Barry Green,reviewed May 2008

Mention Newton metres, and Audi’s Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro becomes the torque of the town.

The twin-turbo-diesel V8 boasts an avalanche of the stuff, a staggering 760 Nm. Or, put this way, some 60 more than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Torque, as opposed to peak power, has real world relevance, making even a heavy or large vehicle eminently more driveable.

This is especially so in the Q7, where it is on tap between 1800 and 2500 rpm with a deft push of your right foot.

This ‘grunt’ is channelled through a smooth, six-speed tiptronic auto with 40/60 percent torque split front/rear.

Another thing we love about the big Audi is its choice of five adaptive air-suspension settings, to suit a variety of driving conditions, from off road to sporty.

Or, you can leave it on automatic and the intuitive electronics smooth out the bumps or tighten up the handling for you.

Twenty-inch alloy wheels further assist in delivering what is a quality ride.

As with its German luxury car-maker competition, the drive-away price of an Audi can soon mount up once you start ticking the options boxes.

Our test vehicle came equipped with a long list of such options, including seven seats (all in leather) that made it a people mover par excellence.

Third row passengers have the security of their own airbags, but that is – you guessed it – an optional extra.

One minus is the fuel economy, with the Q7 returning 16.1 litres/100 km on test, way more than the official ADR figure of 11.1.

But, then, travelling first class never has been cheap.

Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro 2008


Performance, luxury, ride


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Car Details

Vehicle make Audi
Vehicle model Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro
Vehicle type Luxury SUV
Year 2008
Price when new $123,900 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
4 out of 5 stars

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Engine 4.2-litre, twin-turbo-diesel V8

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.