2018 Audi Q7 Petrol Review
Car Tested: 2018 Audi Q7 Petrol; Road Test No. 946
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 82.02 lakhs – Rs. 90.08 lakhs
Performance from the 2.0-litre TFSI engine is just about adequate for daily usage
Petrol SUVs are not the need of the hour at all and yet Audi has rolled in the Q7 40 TFSI, essentially, a petrol variant of the Q7 as rivals like Land Rover are also introducing petrol SUVs in the market. The German carmaker, instead of giving us the 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engine has given a downsized 2.0-litre, four-cylinder motor. Audi has done this before with the A3 and the A4 sedans getting the 1.4-litre TFSI engine. Those being sedans it is pardonable but the question is, is the 2.0-litre petrol engine enough to pull this massive 2.2 tonne SUV? We find out.
Motor Quest: The first generation Audi Q7 was launched in 2005 and it was an absolute hit, especially among Bollywood celebrities and cricket stars. The second generation Q7 comes underpinned by a lighter MLB platform and gets a more subtle design.
Exteriors – In terms of design and styling, the Audi Q7 40 TFSI is no different from its diesel counterpart. All the design elements like the sharp matrix LED headlamps with LED DRLs, hexagonal grille with chrome embellishments and the four-ringed badge, heavily sculpted bumper, 19-inch alloy wheels and the LED tail-lights are identical to the ones we’ve seen in the Q7 45 TDI.
Interiors – Hop inside the cabin and again things here are identical to the diesel-powered Q7. Nonetheless, the cabin feels luxurious and premium. The dual-tone brown and beige dashboard gets a brushed aluminium insert in the middle that separates the top and the bottom parts of the dash. The seamlessly running AC vents and of course, the Audi Virtual Cockpit are the design highlights of this cabin.
The quality, fit and finish of the interior is commendable. In terms of features too, the Ingolstadt-based carmaker hasn’t omitted any of the features from the 45 TDI variant. You get features like a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system paired to a BOSE 3D Surround Sound system, auto park assist with a 360-degree surround view camera, genuine Cricket Leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, 4-zone automatic climate control, Ambient Lighting with thirty colour combinations, Audi Phone Box with Wireless Qi-charging and the list goes on.