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Audi Q7 2011 Review

This model weighs 110 pounds more than its predecessor and is available with 21-inch titanium-effect alloy wheels with metallic screens. Audi Q7 may face stiff competition from BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. The domestic base price of the 2011 Audi Q7 is around $45,700, excluding destination charges.

Styles and trim level:

The 2011 Audi Q7 is a full-size crossover sport utility vehicle that seats seven. This sedan is available with three trim levels including Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.

The 2011 Audi Q7 Premium model is offered with 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, power liftgates including programmable opening angle, automatic windshield wipers, power front seats eight – way heated with lumbar adjustment and leather upholstery . Some of the additional features offered with this sedan are second-row split seating, tilt and telescopic steering column, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, Audi multimedia interface, Bluetooth connectivity and 11-speaker audio system, CD changers console mounted sic, satellite radio, single CD player, I-Pod interface and satellite radio. The premium TDI model is offered with additional chrome trim and 19-inch wheels.

Audi Q7 Premium Plus trim is offered with xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, LED lights, power folding mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, driver’s seat with memory function, driver’s seat with memory function, Bose audio system Premium with DVD and HD radio capability and navigation system. This model can also be equipped with the Warm Weather Package, which includes four-zone automatic climate control, a deep-tint panoramic sunroof, and a manual sunshade for the liftgate and rear doors.

The 2011 Audi Q7 TDI Prestige model is added with 20-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, blind spot warning system, adaptive headlights, power tilt and telescopic steering column, warm weather package and ventilated front seats. Audi Q7 3.0TS line Prestige is added with some extra features including 20-inch wheels, supercharged V6 engine, headlight washers and S line exterior styling and trim. S line accessories are also available with the TDI Prestige finish as an optional feature. Some of the optional features available with the Prestige trim include adaptive air suspension, adaptive cruise control, 21-inch wheels, 14-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system, and S Line package with special interior trim.

Some of the optional features of the Audi Q7 are the cold weather package, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and towing package.

Engine and performance:

The 2011 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium and Premium Plus model is armored with a 3.0L capacity supercharged V6 engine and the Audi Q7 3.0TS line model is armored with a more powerful engine that is capable of generating 333 HP of power and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both powertrains are paired with an all-wheel drive channel and an eight-speed automatic transmission.


* Base number of cylinders: 6

* Base engine size: 3 liters

* Base engine type: V6

* Horsepower: 272HP

* Maximum power: 4750 RPM

* Torque: 295 foot-pounds.

* Max Torque: 2250RPM

* Maximum towing capacity: 6600 pounds

* Drive Type: AWD

* Turning circle: 39.4 feet


* City: 16MPG

* Highway: 22MPG

* Combined: 18 MPG

The Audi Q7 TDI is armored with a 3.0L V6 turbocharged diesel engine that generates 225 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of power. Under test conditions, this model accelerated from zero to 60 MPH in 8.6 seconds.


* City: 17 miles per gallon

* Highway: 25MPG

* Combined: 20 miles per gallon

Design and features:

Audi Q7 gets full marks for its interior. Dash is perfectly driver-oriented and hosts a multimedia interface that is easy to use. The front seat of this sedan offers maximum head and leg room and the rear seat is a bit narrow which can easily accommodate an average person and the third seat is comfortable just for small children. When the second and third row seats are folded down, this sedan offers 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is below average compared to its competitors.


* Wheelbase: 118.2 inches

* Overall length: 200.3 inches

* Width, maximum without mirrors: 78.1 inches

* Overall height: 68.4 inches

* Front Track Width: 65.0 inches

* Rear Track Width: 66.0 inches

* Minimum ground clearance: 8.1 inches

* Minimum ground clearance: 9.4 inches

* Lifting height: 32.9 inches

* Cargo volume to seat 1: 72.5 cubic feet

* Cargo volume up to seat 2: 42.0 cubic feet

* Cargo volume to seat 3: 10.9 cubic feet

* Passenger Capacity: 7

* Passenger Volume: 133.2 Cubic Feet

* Front headroom: 40.0 inches

* Front legroom: 41.3 inches

* Front shoulder room: 58.7 inches

* Second headroom: 37.2 inches

* Second leg room: 37.1 inches

* Second shoulder room: 58.1 inches


The 2011 Audi Q7 is armored with some standard safety accessories including stability control, anti-lock brakes, traction control, side curtain airbags, parking sensors, and front seat side airbags. The Audi Q7 is also offered with a rear view camera, which is only available with Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. All trim levels are offered with optional second-row side airbags.

Braking Distance (60 MPH to 0 MPH): 132 feet

In the government crash test, the Audi Q7 received five stars for its protection against side and frontal crashes. This vehicle also received a GOOD rating for front and side crash protection from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Other specifications:

* Front Suspension Type: Independent with Adaptive Air

* Rear Suspension Type: Independent with Adaptive Air

* Brake Type: Power

* ABS Brake System: 4 Wheels

* Front Brake Rotor Diameter: 13.8 x 1.34 inches

* Rear Brake Rotor Diameter: 13.0 x 1.10 inches

* Front tire size: 255/ 55R18

* Rear tire size: 255/ 55 R 18

* Compact spare tire size

* Front wheel size: 18 x 8.0 inches

* Rear wheel size: 18 x 8.0 inches

* Spare Wheel Size: Compact Inch

* Front Wheel Material: Aluminum

* Rear Wheel Material: Aluminum

* Spare wheel material: Steel

* Steering type: Rack and pinion

* Overall Steering Ratio: 16.5:1

2011 Audi Q7


Available with diesel variant

High security scores

well-crafted interior


Limited cargo space

Lacks DVD entertainment system

Narrow third-row seats.

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