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How much? £50,090
On sale in the UK: June 2007
Engine: 4134cc biturbo V8, 326bhp @ 3750 rpm, 560lb ft @ 1800 - 2500rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic, full-time four-wheel drive
Performance: 6.4sec 0-62mph, 146mph, 25.4mpg, 294g/km CO2
How heavy / made of? 2450kg/steel
How big (length/width/height in mm)? 5086/1983/1697
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Rated 3 out of 53

Audi Q7 4.2 TDi (2007) CAR review

By Danny Cobbs

First Drives

10 May 2007 09:49

Is this 4.2-litre diesel Q7 just playing another part in the Audi master plan for world dominance?

When you’ve spent a gazillion euros developing the world’s most powerful V8 diesel engine it would seem economic suicide not to use it in as many models as possible. This, and the fact sales of the Q7 have far exceeded Audi’s wildest forecasts, makes the two appear a perfect match. Taking into consideration the phenomenal success the Q7 has had (88,000 units to date worldwide since launch thirteen months ago) during a trend of unfounded villification against all SUVs, it make you wonder what Audi know that all the other car manufacturers don’t.

What’s wrong with the current 3.0-litre TDI in the Q7?

Absolutely nothing, but it’s all about choice. As good as all the other engine options are - the aforementioned 3.0 TDI, and the petrol 3.6 FSI and 4.2 FSI - this 4.2-litre V8 diesel is the most compelling powerplant currently available in the line-up. And given the choice, wouldn’t you want your two tonne off-roader to swagger around with 326bhp, and 560lb ft of torque, enough turbo-blown muscle to bolt to 60mph in a smidgen over six seconds and post a 146mph top speed? Exactly. And it’s quieter than a slipper-shod church mouse tiptoeing across a shag pile carpet. Add the intuitive six-speed automatic gearbox and Quattro 4WD system into the equation, and you end up with a flagship SUV, fuelled from the black handled pump, which truly believes it is a petrol driven sports coupe.

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