2015 Audi Q7 review: posh, practical and great to drive

Introduction

Seating seven in premium comfort, this second-generation model is more elegant than its predecessor, and thus a more acceptable alternative to the popular Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery. The core range is currently small but the important base - a 3.0-litre turbodiesel - is covered, and there’s both high-performance SQ7 and green e-tron versions. It's now hard to seriously criticise Audi’s mature and upstanding large seven-seater.

Body Style: SUV Seats: 7 MRP from £49,505 - £72,020 

Did you know? The Q7 shares its underpinnings with the Bentley Bentayga, which sells for three times the price. A related Lamborghini Urus is also coming soon.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 9.0 / 10

The original Audi Q7 was a bolt from the blue. Audi’s first-ever SUV was big, brash and not a little ungainly. But it sold, in huge numbers, and established a range that’s grown exponentially since then. This second generation model is a fine evolution, lessening the objectionable design elements of the original and upping the luxury and comfort inside. It’s a near-faultless machine to drive and, although it’s expensive, prices seem surprisingly decent value given all that it offers. It’s now a big Audi SUV you don’t need to apologise for. 

Design & Exterior ...