December 6, 2012

10 Segments in 10 Days: SUV

SUV: Audi Q7





Base Price: $46,250
As Driven: $65,000
Engine: 3.0L Supercharged V6, 333hp
Transmission: 8 Speed Shiftable Automatic
MPG Rating: 16 city/22 hwy

                The Audi Q7 is my SUV of choice.  I like the Q7.  It’s fast, fun to drive, feels stuck to the road, and can seat seven.  Those first two apply to most of the cars on this list, but only the Odyssey can match the Q7 for passenger space.

The S-line Q7, my favorite Q7, comes with a supercharged V6 that turns out 333 horsepower.  The mileage isn’t fantastic, but the fun you can have while driving the Q7 outweighs the cost of gas.
 

The ride is smooth.  While on sketchy Ozark Mountain roads, the Q7 takes everything in stride.  I’m not using it as an off-road vehicle because of the low profile tires, but on road it rides great.  It defeats pot holes easily.

Another reason for picking the Q7 is that it will probably be the platform for the Lamborghini Urus.  Audi and Lamborghini are both owned by Volkswagen and VW allows platform sharing.  The Urus is going to be the SUV that will allow Lamborghini to continue to making bat crap crazy cars like the Aventador and the replacement for the Gallardo, hopefully the Sesto Elemento.
 

If the Q7 ends up being the backbone of the Urus, then that is a compromise I’m willing to make to see more Lambos in the world. 

                Thank you to Molle Audi (www.molleaudi.com) for letting me borrow yet another vehicle.  Check out my YouTube videos of the other Audi’s that I’ve reviewed.

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