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2008 Audi Q7

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2008 Audi Q7 Review

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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...

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 This Car If...

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.

What's Significant About This Car?

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 the Q7

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 choices—Dynamic for sporty driving, Automatic, and Comfort—cover 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.

Parking System
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.

2008 Audi Q7 Details
2008 Audi Q7 photo Interior

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
2008 Audi Q7 photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.


3.6-liter V6
280 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19

4.2-liter V8
350 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
325 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17

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2008 Audi Q7 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 109 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Styling, power, handling, super quiet interior!

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive, quiet, reliable"

Cons: "cup holders! hard to come up with cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this is a big crossover with plenty of storage space, responsive handling and power. the diesel engine is quiet, clean and provides 26/28 MPG overall. rural driving with speeds around 45 MPH provides 30MPG! I knew two things going in 1)tires wear out around 30K miles, 2) brakes need work around 35K miles. I have 27K miles now and will need new tires by the time I hit 35K miles. however, my brakes are in good condition and should last until 50K plus. maybe it's just the way that I drive. if you need a safe, reliable, quiet, and responsive vehicle with a lot of carrying capability, this is the car for you."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

One of the best crossover SUVs available

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Drives and handles very well; overcomes slow acceleration of 6 cylinder with super chargers; wifi hotspot a must to pacify kids with their devices; 7 seats (Q7) works well for commuting and hauling kids but not for any long trips: not enough storage if the 3rd seat is down; wish the design of the container/drink holder between the 2 front seats was more functional; otherwise, this is a great driving vehicle; adaptive cruise control works very well but sometimes is annoying when cars pass you and then slow down in front of you: makes you rethink your interstate driving habits; only real complaint? tires seem expensive and they wear out fast: 20-25,000 miles max, at least, that's my experience."

Love this car!

By on Monday, March 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had several SUV's and this one by far is the smoothest ride, great turning radius and is build SOLID!"

17 people out of 32 found this review helpful

Safe, solid fast

By on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "2 of my neighbors now own Audis!"

Cons: "Lots of brake dust"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I feel that the safety features in the Q7 better than Mercedes, Lexus, and BMWs that I have owned. It is my 2nd Q7."

32 people out of 60 found this review helpful

Best auto ever

By on Thursday, January 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I have had Lexus, Mercedes, BMW. The power, safety features and appearance are hands down the best. The negatives I found were too much brake dust and poor rim choice. Highway mpg was 25-26 but requires high test gas. The articulating headlights in the mountains are a great extra feature"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love this car fast safe reliable

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "very low mileage fun to drive"

Cons: "not a family car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this car , low miles, fast it's sports car . I know there is a demand for this car low miles, Has all the bells and whistles"

41 people out of 85 found this review helpful

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