Test Drive a 2018 Audi Q7 in Edmonton
Redesigned for this year, the 2018 Audi Q7 is now a full decade old, and the changes have been worth it. This 7-passenger full-size SUV has much sharper styling and an imposing angular grille this time around, which you’ll notice right away when you come over for a test drive. The second thing you’ll notice is a refreshed interior inspired by the luxurious A8 sedan.
The materials adorning the interior are top-grade. The comfort level is exceptional. The infotainment is as complete as complete gets. This is luxury at its finest, and it’s right here at Southgate Audi.
2018 Audi Q7 Performance
The Q7 is an absolute delight to drive—especially when you equip it with adaptive air suspension and four-wheel steering—with handling and a nimbleness on the road you wouldn’t expect from a full-size SUV.
But if you’d prefer to let the Q7 practically drive itself, the Q7 has sensors and cameras that collect loads of data from your surroundings to help the Q7 maintain its speed and distance to cars in front of it. The Q7 will stay in its lane and slow down automatically before entering a turn. It will even read speed limit signs and adjust the vehicle’s speed accordingly.
The engine is a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 producing 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission powers all four of the wheels. There’s a lot of power here—enough to accelerate the Q7 Prestige with the Adaptive Chassis package from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.9 seconds.
The Q7 has lost some weight too, and as a more efficient machine, it gets an excellent 11 litres per 100kms combined fuel economy. A lower weight makes towing that much easier too, and, when properly equipped, the Q7 can tow an impressive 7,700 pounds.
2018 Audi Q7 Safety
You’ll be safe driving the 2018 Audi Q7 in Edmonton, AB thanks to its wealth of standard safety features. They include frontal collision warning with automatic braking, antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side and full-length side curtain airbags, parking sensors, and the rear-view camera.
You’ll have an additional layer of security thanks to Audi’s Pre-Sense system that senses if the driver is attempting to avoid a collision, and automatically primes the brakes and closes the windows.
Also available are Audi Connect services like emergency assistance, automatic crash notification, alerts for curfew, speed, and valets. Driving the 2018 Audi Q7 is about as safe as it gets in Edmonton.
2018 Audi Q7 Interior, Exterior
With an elegantly understated design and exceptional materials quality, the 2018 Audi Q7 is one of the most beautiful SUVs on the road. At night, you’ll notice that the pinstripe ambient lighting casts a gorgeous glow reminiscent of the Tron movie and enhancing the high-tech look and feel of the Q7.
Middle- and back-row passengers enjoy plenty of head- and legroom, as well as reclining seats. The third row folds flat with the press of a button, and with all rows down, you’re looking at 71.6 cubic feet of cargo space for you and the spouse on a road trip.
Standard features with the base trim include 19-inch alloy wheels, power-folding heating mirrors, xenon headlights, auto wipers, LED running lights and taillights, a panoramic sunroof, parking sensors, frontal collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, and a power lift gate. And that’s not even including the interior features.
Inside, you’ll like having leather upholstery, cruise control with selectable drive modes, multi-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a 7-inch colour display, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with mounted shift paddles, heated eight-way power front, driver memory settings, 35/30/35-split second-row folding seats, and 50/50-split power folding third-row seats.
And as for standard tech features, they include Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, a rearview camera, the Audi MMI infotainment system, and a 10-speaker sound system with HD and satellite radio. The Q7 is quite obviously brimming with features.
2018 Audi Q7 Trims
The Q7 gets 3 trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. With the 2018 Audi Q7, a navigation system with voice operation is optional for those who enjoy a lot of traveling in and outside Edmonton, AB. Drivers of this kind might also appreciate being able to tow with the Q7, and all Q7 trims are available with a tow hitch.
Additional options include interior ambient lighting, auto-dimming side mirrors, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and more. A Vision package offers up LED headlights, a configurable gauge-cluster display, and a surround-view camera system for those who want to see 100% of what’s going on around them on and off the road. A Cold Weather package for the 2018 Audi Q7 might just come in handy sometime during the year here in Edmonton. It offers four-zone automatic climate control, ventilated 12-way power front seats, and rear window sunshades.
The Prestige trim also has a head-up display, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alerts, side exit warnings, a high-resolution 8.3-inch display, and a 19-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system. High-level trims are also offered with the Driver Assistance package which includes road sign recognition, automatic high beams, lane-departure intervention, and adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist.
A luxury package is also available with the Prestige trim, offering 18-way power front seats with massage functions and upgraded leather upholstery), and an Adaptive Chassis package offer all-wheel steering and an adaptive air suspension. You’ll also have the pleasure of the 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with the Prestige