If you're in the market for a large luxury crossover, another option just opened up for you. It's the updated Audi Q7, and it wants to lure you away from the offerings from Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and even Land Rover.
But before you put down serious cash for this leather-lined crossover, what does it have to offer?
The 2021 Q7 now carries a more robust and imposing design with cues from the Q8. For starters, the ‘Singleframe' front grille now features an octagon shape with six vertical slats. The facelift also brings a larger pair of corner air intakes on the front bumper. As for the headlights, those receive a mild redesign thanks to a slight kink. At the rear, it gets a fresh set of taillights and a thick chrome strip that runs the entire width of the tailgate. LED matrix lighting is standard for the Philippine-spec Q7.
Because of all the changes to the front and rear ends, the 2021 Q7 is longer than the pre-facelift models. It is now 11mm longer and 2mm wider according to Audi. This means the SUV now measures 5062mm long and 1968mm wide. Height remains the same, however, at 1741mm.
But if you think the exterior changes are massive, wait 'til you get inside the new Q7. If you're coming from the pre-facelift version, you'll be in for a surprise. Gone is the dash-mounted infotainment screen and buttons on the center stack. The 2021 model's dashboard draws inspiration from the A6 sedan with its flat, gloss black panels and multi-screen layout. It also comes with the latest version of the Audi Virtual Cockpit.
Not only that, the Philippine-spec Q7 comes with a Bang & Olufsen audio system, ambient lighting, quad-zone climate control, a power tailgate, and even soft-closing doors. The 2021 Q7 also boasts a suite of safety features such as eight airbags, traction control, stability control, 360-degree cameras, and Parking Aid Plus, just to name a few.
Under the hood of the 2021 Q7 is a 3.0-liter TDI V6 that's paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The power output for that six-cylinder turbodiesel is 286 PS and 600 Nm, just like the previous model. However, that engine is hooked up to a mild-hybrid drive system that aims to boost fuel economy. Factory fuel economy figures are 9.1 to 6.6 L/100 km or 10.98 km/L to 15.51 km/L under mixed driving conditions. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard.