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Audi admits it came late to the sport utility game, but, nevertheless, the 2008 Q7 quattro is a triumph of technology, elegance, performance and quality. The Premium version wraps around seven passengers in classy comfort and safety, offering innovative features to help you park easily, drive smoothly and enjoy a versatile lifestyle. With all the hallmarks of Audi's heritage, the Q7 does not disappoint, and handling and interior amenities compare with any luxury sedan. Finally, the quattro all-wheel-drive system provides exceptional slick-surface traction and security.
You'll like this car if parking a large SUV is your recurrent nightmare. Instead, it's a dream when the Q7 's rearview camera guides you into place with an onscreen view. Hauling people? Try the 28 different seating configurations. Cargo? Maximum trunk capacity is a mammoth 72 cubic feet
You may not like the Q7 if adults must use the third row. They could have trouble squeezing in and out, but children and most packages fit easily. And if you're an impatient pedal-masher you may find that the response lags a little when accelerating from zero to 30 miles per hour, although 30 to 60 is surprisingly exhilarating in this 5,269-pound vehicle.
New standard features on the base 3.6 include leather seating surfaces, power front seats and a six-disc CD changer, while the 3.6 Premium adds a power tailgate, third-row seating and a rearview camera. The 4.2 gains four-zone climate control, navigation, 20-inch wheels and keyless start.
Driving Impressions The heft and solid feel of the 2008 Audi Q7 tooling along at highway speeds delivers a sense of sure-footedness and stability. The cruise control is easy to use and...the adaptive air suspension's three choicesDynamic for sporty driving, Automatic, and Comfortcover every imaginable preference or requirement. In the off-road mode, the 8.1 inches of ground clearance works well over rocks and deep ruts, although severe washboard trails can generate some expected harshness. Then, back on-road, the suspension system automatically lowers the Q7 for higher-speed stability. While the Q7 is a fairly heavy vehicle and has a less-than-tight turning circle, the steering is precise and road noise is minimal. The seats are high, wide and supportive, the airy sunroof lets in lots of light and, with every function and feature at your fingertips, driving the Q7 compares very well to the top players in its field.
Adaptive Cruise Control
This system controls speed and following distance in traffic. The driver chooses his driving mode, which automatically determines the following interval from the vehicle in front.
This system consists of a rearview camera and audio alert to aid in parking. An image of the rear bumper, with color-keyed assistance, appears on the monitor as the Q7 is backed into a parking space. Blue areas show if the space is large enough; orange lines guide the driver for parallel or angle parking.
The interior, like all Audis, is second to none. The 2008 Audi Q7 is trimmed with luxury woods, aluminum inlays and stitched leather everywhere, including the heatable steering wheel. The cockpit is based on the A6 and every ergonomically-designed button, knob and switch is within easy reach, whether on the steering wheel, the dash or next to the shift lever on the center console. There are ten cupholders, a cooled glovebox, the driver's seat and steering column are both height-adjustable and both front seats have lumbar support. The middle seat in the second-row bench flips down to form a mini-table, and single-pull levers allow folding the seats flat. As would be expected, there is a full complement of frontal and side airbags. The cargo compartment includes tie-downs, cargo nets, a retractable cover, partitions, telescoping racks, a ski sack and a protective liner.Exterior
The 2008 Audi Q7's exterior is sleek, striking and sporty, with a bold rectangular grille, high beltline, narrow side windows and a coupe-like roofline capped by a rack. The front overhang is comparatively short but in perfect proportion to the intent of the sporty design. A long wheelbase provides the Q7 with a self-possessed elegance. Headlamps, door handles and arched fenders fuse into a seamless, graceful unit. Sporty styling keeps this large SUV from the behemoth category and sets it apart as a well-appointed vehicle, for either the Ritz or river-side camping. The raked windshield, a small rear roof spoiler that houses the third rear light and a three-panel sunroof, complete with shade, are well-integrated. A wrap-around 45.7-inch wide tailgate lifts on hydraulic pistons and, fortunately for anyone under five-feet, four-inches tall, can be programmed to rise to the height of your choice. Heatable, fold-flat sideview mirrors are massive, and settings are saved in memory.
The Q7 Premium is loaded with advanced technology and exceptional standard features, including turning headlamps to illuminate bends in the road and a hill descent control that applies the brakes to help maintain control on steep, downhill grades. The Multi Media Interface (MMI) controls the navigation system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, air suspension and audio system.
A worthwhile extra is the adaptive air suspension system with adjustable ride height and roll stabilization. Also available are rear side-impact airbags and an adaptive cruise control that controls speed and following distance in traffic. Audi's side assist utilizes radar to detect other vehicles approaching along the sides and monitors blind spots during lane changes. A towing package increases trailering capacity from 5,500 to 6,600 pounds, and 20-inch alloy wheels with high performance tires are available for the Premium model.
Audi's Q7 has the latest powertrain innovations: Fuel Straight Injection (FSI) that contributes to spontaneous response and enhanced power, the quattro all-wheel-drive system, a six-speed Tiptronic transmission and a Dynamic Shift Program that adjusts gear changes to your driving style and road conditions. Premium unleaded fuel is recommended, but the 2008 Audi Q7 can operate on regular unleaded, although doing so results in a five-percent power loss.
280 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19
350 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
325 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17
By baz (FL) on Saturday, November 02, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "very safe and stable with the 4 wheel drive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"in 5 years only expense has been 2 light bulbs plus a couple of oil changes,,,,same tyres so I am very satisfied with this vehicle plus the rewsidual value has gone up as they are quite scarce..."
By briwser586 (MA) on Monday, August 26, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car new and have owned it for 6 months now. By Far the best SUV I have owned (previous include Porsche, Mercedes and BMW). Big car with great power, very comfortable. I entertain clients quite a bit and almost all the time the topic of discussion in the car is the car itself!"
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By b. b. (SC) on Friday, August 09, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Beautiful, Heavy, and Safe"
Cons: "SO EXPENSIVE-REALLY INSANE"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"This car is beautiful and super safe... but be prepared! It will cost you, up front, for maintenance, and god forbid something goes wrong.. because you will learn to brace for the estimate. A bit crazy, really. It's fun to drive, but not sure it's worth what you will pay to own it... gas, tires, brakes, oil changes.....it's non-stop. BE prepared going in...I've never owned such a high maintenance vehicle."
17 people out of 21 found this review helpful
By jade7 (CA) on Thursday, August 01, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Catastrophic Fuel System Failure at 28,000 miles. Fuel System failure at 31,000 . . . this time only the fuel sensor. This has NOT been a good Audi experience. I am currently negotitaing with Audi of America."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Kevin (MI) on Thursday, March 07, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable, great mileage, beautiful truck."
Cons: "Brake job at 50,000 miles was expensive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I waited years for Ford, GM or Chrysler to put a small diesel into an SUV (something smaller than an Excursion). I finally gave up waiting and bought the Audi Q7 with the 3.0 liter TDI. I love this truck. Even though it weighs around 5,500 lbs, I always get 21-23 mpg in town and high 20's- 30 mpg on the highway. It will get in the low 30s if you do not exceed 65 mph. This is a great vehicle for a long trip - the 26 gallon fuel tank means 700 miles between fuel stops on the highway. I've pulled a trailer from Michigan to Denver with no issues - the torque from the turbo-diesel is incredible. If I had to replace it today it would be with another Q7 diesel or the Cayenne diesel."
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Raul (FL) on Saturday, February 09, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,377overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Tasteful, safe, lifestyle vehicle"
Cons: "Repair cost are high without warranty"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I selected the Audi Q7 TDI due to lifestyle changes. I live in Tampa, FL and work in Jacksonville, FL and commute between the two cities on the weekends. So on any given week I clock close to 600 miles. It's also a vehicle which looks good when driving up to the valet attendant at any upscale hotel. Soccer moms that like to drive with girlfriends for lunch at a local outdoor bistro when the kids are at school will be very pleased with this vehicle. I traded in my 2012 Audi Q5 3.2L Premium S Line for the 2010 Q7 TDI. The Q5 although had very good performance but limited cargo and not very comfortable for larger persons. Sitting 3 teenagers in the back also proved to be somewhat cramped. My primary criteria for the purchase of any vehicle is its safety rating. The Audi Q7 has an outstanding safety rating. As it pertains to my lifestyle I required more cargo room, driving comfort for larger individuals, comfort for longer distances, and the ability to tow at least two large Harley Davidson motorcycles or a boat. Some other considerations were having a vehicle that I could use for camping or to drive onto sand on any Florida beach. The Audi Q7 TDI met all of my requirements. In my opinion, the Porche Cayenne and the Mercedes BlueTech SUV were too "pretty" for someone with an outdoor lifstyle. The X5 Diesel was also considered but the MPG were not as good and with a slightly higher price tag. My very first weekend of ownership I drove from Jacksonville, FL to South Florida via I-95 and back up the West Coast via I-75, thru Alligator Alley, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Ocala. I choosed to travel via the Ocala country roads to get a feel for handling the small hills and curvy roads which led me back to Jacksonville, FL. That was about a 1200 mile weekend getaway. The entire trip was very pleasant and the handling was very good. Yes, it a bigger vehicle and one should not compare this vehicle with your previous sedan, an older model SUV of a different make, or a sports car. It's not a vehichle to break the sound barrier but a vehicle to enjoy. Consider the TDI (Diesel) model since the fuel is no more expensive, and many times less expensive, than 93 Octane. I'm 45 years old and have owned Porche, BMW and various Audi models. My take for anyone that is trying to make a decision on any car is too choose based on your actual lifestyle and budget. All cars do well with proper maintenance. So drive what you like and if you wish to own a luxury brand and your budget does not allow for it then consider buying Certified Pre-Owned for greater warranty. Certified Pre-Owned vehicles offer great value and will certainly make your financial advisor or your significant other happier knowing that you have made a sound decison. Good luck on your selection. - Raul"
30 people out of 30 found this review helpful