The Audi Q7 3.0T has beaten the Acura MDX, the BMW X5, the Land Rover LR4 and the Lexus GX460 in a recent comparison test. Have a read!
The Q7’s exceptionally cautious stability control inhibited its skidpad and lane-change performance, although the vehicle generated a respectable 0.85 g. But good responses, combined with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system, gave the Q7 a decided edge on snowy highways.
The Quattro setup employed here splits torque 40/60 front to rear in normal operation via a center differential using a passive Torsen mechanical limited slip. When grip diminishes at one end, the differential reorients the torque to the axle possessing better traction, and the system uses selective single-wheel brake applications to make side-to-side traction adjustments.
Complaints were few. Though smooth, programming for the eight-speed automatic prioritized early upshifts, a fuel-economy measure that was occasionally irritating in traffic and didn’t save the Q7 from a so-so 17 mpg during our test. And all the drivers remarked on the Audi’s mass.
This didn’t keep the Q7 from scoring high in the fun-to-drive category, though. And that, combined with its good looks, comfort, and overall refinement, carried the day.