Following the trend
Audi is renowned for its automobiles and quattro AWD system. In 2005, the company jumped on the SUV bandwagon by introducing the Q7, a boldly styled and massively sized vehicle that immediately turned a lot of heads.
A couple of weeks ago, I was handed the keys to a V6-powered 3.6 S Line model. Let me tell you right off the bat that the Q7 is comprehensively equipped and very sophisticated as far as premium SUVs go. Pretty much everything is included, though navigation is optional.
The front grille of the Audi Q7 must be quite intimidating for other drivers; they get out of the way as soon as you approach behind them, even if passing is not what you intend to do. Is it really what Audi designers were looking to create? One thing's for sure: the Q7 rises above the crowd with its massive, commanding presence.
Due to the tall ride height (20-inch wheels in S Line trim), the automaker had the wise idea to offer a Convenience Package with advanced rearview camera. The latter is so perfectly positioned and easy to use that it's by far one of the best I've ever sampled. You can back up into a tight spot and correctly align the vehicle. The large outside mirrors further improve all-around visibility.
Artificially limited interior
The power door locks and power-opening hatch facilitate access to the cargo area. It's a good thing because the high threshold makes loading items more difficult. Of course, cargo capacity will vary depending on the number of passengers. If you need to carry seven people, you'd be wise to take the cargo cover off before leaving the house because there's no place to store it inside the vehicle. How awkward! As a last resort, you can keep it between the first- and second-row occupants. When all seats are occupied, needless to say that room for your luggage becomes quite limited.
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