AUDI

AUDI Q7 DIESEL ESTATE 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 5dr Tiptronic

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.3s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined41.5 mpg

JOINING THE Q

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Audi's Q7 seven-seat luxury SUV has always made a big impact. The second generation 'Type 4M' model launched in 2015 was lighter, cleverer and smarter, with clean diesel and plug-in hybrid technology driving competitive standards of efficiency. As a result, if you really want a car of this kind from the 2015-2019 era, you may well find yourself really wanting this one.

Models

5dr SUV (3.0 TDI, 3.0 TDI e-tron, V8 TDI [SQ7]) [SE, Sport, S line])

History

Ever since the original 'Type 4L' version of Audi's Q7 large luxury SUV was first launched in 2007, it's been a vehicle that middle-England families have always rather liked but, if truth were told, felt a bit awkward about owning, the MK1 Q7's sheer size, power and weight hardly in keeping with these eco-conscious times. Hence, by 2015, the need for a version of this car that really was. Thiws MK2 model proved to be far lighter, more efficient - and slightly smaller too, though somehow even bigger inside. That was all possible courtesy of an all-new platform also designed for much pricier Porsche and Bentley SUVs. The result of all this - the MK2 Q7 first launched here in mid-2015 - was a model dynamically very different from the large, lumbering original version and far more technically advanced. It enabled the Ingolstadt brand to rejuvenate its proposition amongst large luxury SUVs. In 2016, a plug-in 'e-tron' diesel version was launched, as was a V8 diesel SQ7 variant. In 2018, Audi's new badging was introduced, which led to the volume 3.0 TDI variants becoming badged '45 TDI' and '50 TDI'. The original version of this 'Type 4M' model sold until 2019, when mild hybrid engine tech was added, along with a light facelift. But it's the earlier 2015-2019-era versions of this design that we look at here from a used car perspective.

What You Get

The original MK1 version of this Q7 was one of the most imposing shapes on our roads. This second generation version though, was a little more subtle in its sizing, with sharp shoulder lines and chromed lower side sill blades helping to disguise dimensions that, though still considerable, saw this MK2 model being slightly shorter and narrower than before. Take a seat up-front and, as expected, you'll find one of the best interiors that Audi can offer, which makes this one amongst the very nicest it's possible to find in a luxury SUV from the 2015-2019-era. You're ensconced in a world of measured elegance, with beautiful ambient lighting, a luxurious blend of craftsmanship fused with technology and a wrap-around dash fashioned in a wide arc that spans the cabin, encircling the slim, sleek instrument panel. Its front, characterised in the passenger area by a distinctive air vent strip, isn't joined to the centre console, a design approach offering a greater feeling of space. The console itself is angled like a control stand, its right half being what Audi calls the 'technical area' dominated by a gorgeous aeronautical gear lever that makes you feel like you're bringing a 747 in to land. Just ahead of it is the chromed switchgear for the MMI infotainment system, a rotary controller and beyond that, a large touchpad with a scratch-resistant glass surface upon which commands can be traced with your fingertips. The main display interface for the system is an 8.3-inch high resolution screen that glides out of the top of the fascia every time the ignition is started, beautifully integrated into an overall dashboard design that no other premium brand can match in a car of this type from this period. Your middle row passengers will enjoy this kind of quality too of course and are well catered for in other ways. Despite the slightly more compact exterior dimension of this MK2 model, shoulder width somehow increased by 10mm, plus there was a 26mm increase in legroom too, aided by a sliding rear bench base. The 3rd row seats aren't really designed for adults; Audi says they're suitable for children of up to 36kg or 5.7-stone in weight. To be honest, a pew here as an adult wouldn't be too objectionable on a short journey, provided those in the middle row were prepared to push their seats right forward. Most of the time though of course, you'll probably be running the car with these third row chairs folded down, the retracting process operated electrically via cargo area buttons which make the process so much easier than the back-breakingly fumbly manual machinations you have to go through in a rival Land Rover Discovery to achieve the same end result. Once that's completed, there's a lot of room to play with, 770-litres to be exact in standard models. Otherwise, getting more room means folding the middle row. The backrest falls in a 35:30:35-split, so if you've a long item to push through - say a set of skis - you may merely need to flatten the centre section. Lower everything and as much as 1,955-litres of fresh air can be created in a standard variant.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Most owners in our survey seemed happy, though a few buyers complained of various rattles and squeaks, so look out for these on your test drive. Few Q7s will have been used off road, but check underneath just in case. The most reported faults related to interior trim and non-engine electricals. Look out for bodywork scrapes and kerb damage to the large alloys. We've had some reports of issues with wear to the side bolsters of the leather seats, as well as squeaking front brake pads, so it's worth looking out for both of those. There were a few issues with the car's infotainment system, with phones not connecting properly and flickering screens being the main problem. The DSG automatic gearbox should be checked to make sure it's had a regular oil and filter change, as should the quattro four-wheel-drive system. Many Q7s will have been company or lease cars and, as a result, you should check the condition of the bodywork carefully. The high-quality fit and finish of a Q7 also makes it an ideal candidate for clocking, so ensure the history is absolutely verified.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on an Q7 2015 3.0 TDI - Ex Vat) An air filter costs in the £44 bracket. An oil filter costs around £8-£15. A fuel filter is around £37. Front brake pads sit in the £135 bracket for a set; for a rear set, it's around £77-£106. Rear brake discs sit in the £107-£115 bracket. Wiper blades cost £6-£19.

On the Road

On the move, you won't have to travel very far to realise that this second generation model is a vast dynamic improvement over its predecessor. A new-generation 'MLB evo' chassis makes the whole car stiffer and contributes to massive weight savings also aided by the 'Audi Space Frame' aluminium-intensive architecture. As a result, though there are still sportier choices in this segment, the whole car feels more agile and responsive than its predecessor, with permanent quattro all-wheel drive splitting power 60:40 front-to-rear and incorporating a torque control management system that helps you maximise traction through the curves. Further handling stability is possible if you opt for a car whose original owner specified the extra cost all-wheel steering system. Performance comes courtesy of a 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel engine that's offered with 218PS or with 272PS. This unit's also used mated to a 94KW electric motor in the plug-in hybrid 'Q7 e-tron' model. There was also a 430PS SQ7 V8 diesel version. All variants get the 'drive select' driving dynamics system, a set-up also used to control the functionality of the optional Adaptive air suspension. This smoothes your tarmac progress and can allow greater ground clearance off road, an environment in which this Q7 can be reasonably capable. It's also a refined cruiser and, with the optional 'Towing pack' fitted, an accomplished tower too.

Overall

It's rare to find a second generation model design representing such a seismic step forward from its predecessor. That's the case here though. In comparison to this MK2 model, the original Q7 was little more than a very luxurious blunt instrument in its approach to large SUV motoring. You could respect it for what it did but it was hard to admire it for what it was. Something radical was needed. In 2015, something radical happened. As a result, we were given this very different car, powerful, lightweight and agile, so at last relevant, dynamic and likeable. It's a big Audi SUV that, in an eco-conscious world, you could own proudly, rather than slightly awkwardly. A statement of technology and innovation with electronic intuition anticipating needs you didn't know you had. As well as simply a very plush and practical way to transport your household just about anywhere. It looks the part, the badge works for the boardroom, it's as capable off road as most will ever need and the seven-seat format is fine for families. True, there are rival large SUVs that are better to drive in this segment from this era - but none of them are as practical. And yes, there are certainly others that are significantly cheaper - but none of them are as advanced. In summary, we're left with a car that in this MK2 form, slimmed down and shaped up. In short, what we have here is simply this: a lesson in vorsprung durch technic.

  • Electric front+rear windows
  • Rear wiper
  • Privacy glass
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Acoustic windscreen

  • Hill hold assist
  • Electronic Differential Lock + Anti-slip regulation
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Anti lock brake system + Electronic Brake force Distribution
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill descent control

  • Front/rear floor mats

  • Adaptive air sports suspension

  • Mobile phone preparation with bluetooth interface
  • Voice control system
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)

  • Servotronic speed related Power Assisted Steering
  • Speed limiter
  • Audi drive select

  • Power tailgate
  • Start/Stop system with energy recuperation

  • 8.3" central fold-down colour display with high-resolution graphics
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit - 12.3" LCD instrument cluster
  • MMI navigation plus with MMI touch
  • Service interval indicator
  • Colour driver's information system display
  • MMI - Multi Media Interface control system

  • Electric/heated/folding door mirrors with memory
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Chrome door inserts

  • 2 USB ports
  • Audi music interface
  • MMI radio plus
  • Aux-in socket
  • DVD System
  • DAB digital radio module
  • 2 X SDcard slot

  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof
  • Platinum grey front lip spoiler
  • Loading sill protector in stainless steel
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Roof spoiler

  • High beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Headlight washers

  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Front centre comfort armrest with storage + cupholders
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Leather gear knob
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Tool kit
  • Front ashtray and cigar lighter

  • Interior light pack - Q7

  • Curtain airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Electrically operated child locks on rear doors
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator

  • 35/30/35 split fold 2nd row seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting for 6 passenger seats with front passenger airbag deactivation includes top tether
  • Front head restraints
  • Rear headrests
  • Electric 3rd row 50/50 split/fold

  • Remote central locking
  • Anti theft alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Keyless Go access/ignition system

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 178
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N

  • Engine Code: 4MB0L2WC3WQR
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 91.4
  • CC: 2967
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 37.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 44.1
  • EC Combined (mpg): 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 32.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.8

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 9000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 94
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 88
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 70
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 286
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 44E
  • Coin Series: Black Edition
  • Coin Description: TDI Quattro
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - BHP: 286
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.3
  • Top Speed: 152
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 61.2
  • Engine Power - KW: 210
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 443
  • Engine Torque - NM: 600

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/40 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE BLADE DESIGN
  • Tyre Size Front: 285/40 R21
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 5052
  • Width: 1968
  • Wheelbase: 2994
  • Width (including mirrors): 2212
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1740

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 295
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 855
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2135
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2990
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 85
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1955
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.4

  • Reversible boot mat: £115

  • Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors: Included
  • Night view assist: £2,200
  • Cruise control: Included
  • Rear view camera: Included
  • All wheel steering: £1,950

  • Power door closure: £675

  • Head up Display: £1,450

  • Carbon door mirrors: £750

  • Piano black upper inlay with Oak grey lower inlay: Included
  • High gloss black upper inlay with aluminium beaufort black finish lower inlay: £2,000

  • Digital TV reception: £1,200
  • BOSE sound system: £1,150
  • Bang + Olufsen advanced sound system: £6,400
  • Audi sound system: Included

  • Deletion of engine designation at rear: £0
  • Deletion of model + engine designation at rear: £0
  • Running boards: £950
  • Metallic paint: £750
  • Pearlescent paint: £750
  • Solid paint: Included

  • LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators: Included
  • Audi matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic front and rear indicators: £950

  • Dual zone climate control: Included
  • Four zone electronic climate control: £825

  • Valcona leather upholstery: Included
  • Electric adjustable steering column: £425
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel: Included
  • Black cloth headlining: Included
  • Load area fixing kit: £275
  • Manual blinds for rear/rear door windows: £300
  • 3 spoke heated sports leather multifunction steering wheel: £350
  • Removable net partition: £100
  • 3 Spoke sports multifunction flat bottomed leather steering wheel: Included
  • Valcona leather upholstery + S sports seats plus: £1,000

  • Leather pack - Q7: £1,500
  • Titanium black styling pack - Q7: Included
  • Extended LED interior multi coloured lighting pack - Q7: £275
  • Tour Pack - Q7: £1,950
  • Trailer pack - Q7: £1,350
  • Full leather pack - Q7: £6,250
  • Parking pack - Q7: £1,600

  • Metallic - Argus brown: £750
  • Metallic - Floret silver: £750
  • Metallic - Samurai grey: £750
  • Metallic - Galaxy blue: £750
  • Metallic - Navarra blue: £750
  • Metallic - Cobra beige: £750
  • Metallic - Orca black: £750
  • Metallic - Glacier white: £750

  • Pearl - Daytona grey: £750

  • Solid - Night Black: £0
  • Solid - Pure white: £0

  • Rear side airbags: £475
  • Pre-sense city emergency braking system: Included

  • Electrically adjustable front driver and passenger seats with memory: £250
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with electric 4- way lumbar support and driver memory function: Included
  • Heated front and outer rear seats for second row: £400
  • Front sports seats: Included
  • Heated front seats: Included
  • Driver seat memory function: Included

  • Valcona leather - Black with dark silver stitching: £0
  • Valcona leather - black with dark silver stitching + S sports seats plus: £1,000
  • Valcona leather - rotor grey with dark silver stitching + S sports seats plus: £1,000

  • 21" 5 spoke blade design alloy wheels in anthracite black with gloss turned polished alloy wheels: Included
  • 22" 5 arm trapezoid design forged alloy wheels in anthracite black with diamond cut finish: £1,500
  • 21" 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels in titanium look with gloss turned finish: £0
  • 21" 5 arm turbine design contrasting grey partly polished alloy wheels: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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