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The turbodiesel engine in the Audi Q7 TDI is new for 2013. It's still a 3.0-liter V6 but makes 15 more horsepower (now 240), weighs 55 pounds less than the previous engine and yields better EPA fuel-economy ratings of 19/28. There are also some new infotainment system features this year.
Having received a mild exterior freshening in 2010, this year's changes are highlighted by two versions of the 3.0-liter V6 engine (272 horsepower in Premium and Premium Plus, 333 horsepower in S Line Prestige) and the addition of an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic. This, along with a few equipment and cosmetic tweaks, sums up the changes to an aging platform.
The Q7 receives a slight exterior freshening, with a new grille, lights, mirrors and lower panels. LED daytime running lamps are added to V8 models, while all trims receive LED tail lamps and turn signals. The Luxury Package gains ventilated front seats.
The 16-foot 8-inch long Q7 is specifically designed for the high-end U.S. SUV market, focusing on craftsmanship, multi-function seating, plenty of horsepower, unlimited cargo space, and every techie gimmick going. Upping the ante on driving dynamics, the Q7 bundles in Audi's latest generation of quattro, and pioneering safety features.
In the crowded world of luxury SUVs, the 2014 Audi Q7 is truly one of a kind. Handsome, poised and polished, the Q7 not only delivers in the areas of pampering passengers and impressing the neighbors, its powerhouse engine lineup and taut handling make it joy to drive. Two amazing supercharged V6 gasoline engines and one turbodiesel combine with standard quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) to move the Q7 around smartly yet efficiently, in any weather, on any road. The Q7's exterior styling is subtle but distinctive, with a wide grille and rounded corners. Unfortunately, that same styling creates a somewhat snug interior, most noticeable in the 3rd-row seat and rear cargo area.