2011 Audi Q7 TDI Diesel Review
As efficient as it is attractive, the 2011 diesel Q7 offers a lot to the consumer– excellent cargo space, passenger seating, engine capability and fuel economy. This diesel is helping continue to change consumers’ mindsets on diesels: They are no longer ozone-killing, black smoke-spewers as Motor Trend describes, but, in fact, have come a long way.
The Q7 TDI’s exterior is loved by most, with excellent color choices which help capture the menacing yet luxurious essence of the SUV.
The Q7 TDI offers buyers luxury, space and a fun drive. It should not be mistaken for a boring SUV, though. With it’s turbo-injected V6 and newly updated 8-speed transmission, this Q7 TDI has become impressively high-spirited driving machine. Enter your ZIP code into our FREE insurance comparison tool above to save money on car insurance!
Car and Driver lists base prices for the 2011 Audi Q7 TDI Diesel trim levels as follows:
- Q7 Quattro 3.0 liter TDI Premium- about $52,325
- Q7 Quattro 3.0 liter TDI Premium Plus- about $58,325
- Q7 Quattro 3.0 liter TDI Prestige- about $64,325
The Q7 TDI diesel continues to beat the non-diesel Q7 in value in 2011 due to excellent fuel economy for its class. The Q7 TDI runs at high cost, but expensive vehicles, though more expensive to run, offer more luxury and better performance than less expensive vehicles. In essence, you get what you are willing to pay for.
Engine and Performance
The base Q7 TDI, the Premium model, is fitted with a 3-liter, direct-injection diesel V6 that makes 225 horsepower. This SUV, fitted with the Quattro all-wheel drive system, comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift feature.
The 8-speed transmission is a new set up. The old one was only 6 speeds, and the difference is extraordinary. Transitions between gears are smoother and less noticeable. Paired with incredible torque, the 2011 Q7 TDI is powerful with excellent braking and smooth, firm ride. Both the old Q7 diesel and gas engines were more sluggish than the newly updated versions, making the 2011 Q7s more desirable.
This SUV boasts independent suspension and a tow capacity up to 6,600 pounds. When tested, the Q7 TDI reaches 60 mph in 8.6 seconds– rivaling some sedans half the weight. And, again, rivaling some sport sedans, the Q7 TDI’s stop speed from 60 mph took a mere 124 feet.
Because of its torque and overall power, passing other vehicles on the road is fun and easy. Off the line, the SUV calls forth a growl of anticipation which adds to the Q7 TDI experience.
Comfort and Convenience
They would not be considered a luxury brand if Audi did not provide the features that go along with the name. Audi’s MMI (Multi Media Interface) provides for your pleasure– entertainment, communication, information and car setup controls. The base Q7 TDI also comes with SIRIUS satellite radio for 3 months, Bluetooth phone setup, iPod integration and Audi’s 7-channel extended sound system with 11 speakers.
The seven-passenger SUV’s creature comforts include heated front seats, adjustable recline middle row, rear center console with storage and cup holders, automatic and programmable locks, decorative wood accents, dual climate controls, 5 power outlets, 4 bottle holders in addition to the cup holders, a retractable cargo storage cover and cooled, waterproof storage under the back storage floor board. The 2011 Q7 TDI’s front bucket seats have been described as feeling like La-Z-Boys on Motor Trend’s website.
On the outside, the Q7 TDI features dual exhaust tips, 19-inch wheels, chrome detailing, privacy window tint and LED rear lights. The SUV also features wipers that sense rain and cold as well as a powered tailgate.
The Q7 TDI includes 4-wheel ABS, stability and traction control, emergency braking assist and ventilated disc brakes. In addition to the remote alarm system, the SUV features a post-collision safety system and engine immobilizer. Airbags are placed at the driver’s and all passengers’ heads. Also included are dual side airbags in the front, and optional side airbags in the rear.
The 2011 Q7 TDI was not tested for safety on the more strict NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) safety scale, but the Administration did rate the Q7 at an 18.5% chance of rollover.
The Q7 TDI Premium model is available in a myriad of colors that can be paired with beautiful, luxurious leather options. Cobalt Blue Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Graphite Gray Metallic, Ibis White, Ice Silver Metallic, Lava Gray Pearl Effect, Mugello Blue Pearl Effect, Orca Black Metallic and Teak Brown Metallic are the color options.
Pair any one of these with either Black, Cardamom, Espresso or Limestone colored leather seats and trim for an aesthetically pleasing set up.
The EPA estimates about 17 mpg city, and 25 mpg highway with a combined estimate of 20 mpg. A road test done by Car and Driver staff showed that over about 41,000 highway miles the Q7 TDI made 21 mpg.
Owners’ Opinions and Competitors
2011 Q7 TDI owners love their SUVs for two important reasons: excellent fuel economy and a great drive. Most owners report high gas mileage and prefer the diesel engine over gas engines over the long haul. Also, these diesel-loving SUV owners love the size and feel of the Q7 TDI, stating that maneuverability is not compromised by it’s large size.
Compared to other similar SUVs as listed on Motor Trend’s website, such as Infiniti’s QX56 and Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport, the Q7 TDI’s fuel economy rises above. Also, the Audi’s base model is less expensive than Infiniti’s or Land Rover’s, though these two have larger, more expensive engines in them. Overall, compared to the QX56 and Range Rover, Audi’s Q7 TDI wins out in style, luxury, efficiency and practicality. Don’t forget to enter your ZIP code into our FREE insurance comparison tool above to save money on car insurance!