2020 Audi Q7 First Drive Evaluation

KERRY, Eire – 5 years into its mannequin run, the second-generation Audi Q7 three-row crossover will get a mid-cycle refresh that features, together with the requisite grille redesign/enlargement, some vital upgrades that span the realms of each {hardware} and software program.

Key amongst these are the adoption of Audi’s new inside structure, the ditching of the outdated 3.0L supercharged V6 engine for Audi’s newer 3.0L turbocharged V6, a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, and accessible rear wheel steering and energetic roll stabilization.

So yeah, there’s loads happening right here. We’ll see the 2020 Audi Q7 within the first quarter of subsequent 12 months.

Digital Cockpit, Touchscreens, and Lasers

Know-how by no means sleeps, so it’s goodbye to the Audi’s long-serving MMI interface with its rotary controller, and whats up to the twin central haptic-feedback touchscreens – or “black panel” configuration in Audi-speak – that bowed within the 2019 Audi A8 flagship sedan and has since made its manner into the A6, A7, and Q8.

It’s a complete new option to work together together with your Audi. The higher 10.1-inch display screen offers with infotainment whereas the decrease, barely smaller panel controls automobile features. It additionally acts as a writing pill for inputting navigation information and the like. The haptic buttons present a modicum of suggestions, and customarily the system is straightforward to barter, providing the de rigueur pinch-and-swipe operation. It’s configurable, the show decision is astoundingly clear, and with a processor fifty instances sooner than the outgoing unit, response time is on the spot.

The brand new horizontal aesthetic is elegant, fashionable, and naturally constructed to the best commonplace. Think about the usual 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit that sits forward of the driving force, and you’ve got acres of digital actual property.

As with all these new programs, primary tactile performance takes successful. Working example – whereas piloting this reasonably giant crossover over the breathtakingly scenic, winding, and at instances extremely slim Ring of Kerry route in southwest Eire, my makes an attempt at altering the inside temperature by way of prods on the contact panel have been largely inaccurate and distracting. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

In all different elements, this up to date Q7 is peach – increasing on the virtues that make this Audi crossover one in every of our favourites right here at autoTRADER.ca. The brand new grille with its chrome vertical strakes, together with the redesigned headlights (Laser Matrix accessible) give the entrance finish some added presence. Recontoured decrease aspect physique panels mitigate among the earlier boxiness of this ute, and slimmer taillights and recent finish styling spruce up the derrière.

New Energy, New Effectivity

Whereas the bottom 2020 Q7 is powered by a carry-over 248 hp, 273 lb-ft, 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, the automobiles we drove at this launch sported Audi’s silky 3.0L TSFI twin-turbo V6 that twists out 340 horsepower and 368 lb-ft from 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. That’s up 11 ponies and 43 torques over the outgoing supercharged unit. It’s hooked to an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox, and Quattro all-wheel drive will get the facility to the bottom. If situations dictate, the system can ship as much as 70 p.c of the torque to the entrance wheels and 85 to the rear.

Serving to with effectivity is a mild-hybrid system that includes 48-volt electronics, a lithium-ion battery, and a belt-driven alternator/starter (BAS) that can recoup kinetic braking power, and use stated juice to reinforce varied digital programs. There’s additionally a fuel-saving coast operate whereby the V6 decouples and shuts down when situations enable.

The 48-volt system additionally permits for the Q7’s new energetic roll stabilization, that, within the phrases of the suspension engineer who was driving within the again seat for a bit, is the important thing to taming the inherent physique roll of a high-riding crossover whereas additionally sustaining acceptable trip compliance.

No arguments right here. The second-gen Q7 has all the time been one of many sharper-handling autos within the section, but this crimson 2020 S-Line specimen I used to be piloting, loaded up with optionally available air suspension, energetic roll stabilization, and rear wheel steering, appeared to shrink down a pair extra sizes as I picked up the tempo on a couple of stretches of the Ring. It carved an correct and poised path, effortlessly slicing via the twisties with nary a touch of slack or roll, helped alongside by the brand new faster steering ratio – 2.4 versus 2.9 turns lock-to-lock. And by no means was the trip jarring.

The engine feels robust too, with little turbo lag. No gasoline economic system figures have been accessible at this launch, however Audi claims the numbers are improved for 2020.

Pricing for the 2020 Audi Q7 shall be introduced nearer to launch, and it will be honest to imagine that with all of the added tech and new engine, the Q7 would see a big soar in its backside line. Not so, says the pinnacle of PR for Audi Canada. The three trim strains proceed (Komfort, Progressive, Technik) and pricing won’t stray too removed from the 2019s that presently begin at $66,300 for the two.0L and $70,300 for the V6.

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