Remaining true to Audi’s performance history, engineers gave the 2014 Q7 SUV’s quattro AWD a performance-minded rear bias. This means under normal driving about 60 percent of the engine’s torque...
... is routed to the rear wheels. Still, even with this enhancement, there is no getting away from the Q7's vast bulk and weight. The nimble feel of the smaller Q5 is absent here, although we found the Q7’s steering to be responsive and its body inspiringly solid. In fact, the Q7 delivers the kind of driver feedback lacking in vehicles like the
Cadillac Escalade and
Lincoln Navigator. Audi’s adaptive air suspension is a worthwhile option for those seeking a smoother ride or towing heavy loads. Neither the gasoline nor diesel engines are short on power, providing remarkable thrust yet also remarkably good fuel economy.