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Review: Audi Q7 40 TFSI

Driven November 2017

Review: Audi Q7 40 TFSI

We aren’t qualified to talk about politics or the economic state of the country, but the phrase ‘acche din’ stands true for petrol-powered engines in India, if not for anything else. With Mercedes, BMW, Land Rover and Jeep already offering petrol engine option in their SUVs, it’s time even Audi jumps the bandwagon with their biggest SUV, the Q7.

They seem to have found the ideal replacement for displacement and have plonked a rather tiny 2-litre petrol motor under that long hood. Now, you may feel it’s a misfit and a 2-litre mill just wouldn’t be able to power the big SUV the way you’d like. But things are better when you hit the road in the Q7 40 TFSI. With turbocharging using its magic wand, the engine develops a good 252bhp and 370Nm. And with this generation of the Q7 that has gone through a rigorous regime of a weight loss program, you may now be able to fathom the fact that an engine this small can truly power a large SUV.

The Q7 is quick off the line and it takes just under 7 seconds to crack the 100kph mark, but the problem of this model isn’t the acceleration from a standstill. You see, most of the power in this engine is concentrated in the top range, and you really need to work the engine by offering a few downshifts to get it going quickly while its rolling.

With the engine lacking a bit of power in the bottom- and the mid-range, it is up to the gearbox to mask the feeling of having an underpowered engine under the hood. And it does that pretty well. It changes gears quickly and tries to keep the engine in the power band. It has seven ratios to play with and with the help of those; it manages well between power and efficiency. And even with fuel efficiency, it doesn’t disappoint too much, given the size of the car. It will do about 8.3kpl in the city and about 12.8kpl on the highway, which isn’t a bad number for this sort of a vehicle.

The 40 TFSI is retailed at Rs 74.43 lakh (ex-showroom), which is about Rs 5 lakh lesser than the diesel model. But even with the drop in the price, there has been no skimping on equipment. It gets everything that the diesel version gets including panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps, 360-degree camera and virtual cockpit amongst the rest.

In this generation, the Q7 lacks the road presence but adds heap loads of modernity to the package. It isn’t a driver’s SUV by any standards, but offers a comfortable ride and is fairly spacious. If you are adamant of getting yourself a petrol SUV, the GLS 400 might be good bet, albeit you’ll have to shell out Rs 5 lakh more than the Audi.

1984cc, 4cyl, turbo petrol, 8A, AWD, 0-100kph: 6.9 seconds, kerb weight: 2240kg, top speed: 233kph, city kpl: 8.3, highway kpl: 12.8, price: Rs 74.43 lakh (ex-showroom)

Verdict: Extremely refined and quiet and decently powerful and surprising fast off the line

Agasti Kaulgi

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