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by Matt Campbell

The all-new 2016 Audi Q7 will launch in just one specification in Australia, priced at $103,900 plus on-road costs.

That represents a big hike over the previous-generation Audi Q7 was most recently offered in three variants: a 3.0TDI base model, priced at $91,500 plus costs; a mid-range petrol model, the 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6, priced at $96,700 plus costs; and the top-spec 4.2 TDI V8 model, which was a $130,300 proposition.

More variants will be offered in 2016, including potentially a new entry-level model (also with a 3.0-litre diesel V6 engine but with less power/torque), while there’ll also be plug-in hybrid diesel model, too.

However, the new-generation Q7 brings with it plenty more standard equipment, as well as a more powerful and more efficient version of the 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine used in the previous model.

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The new engine pumps out 200kW of power and 600Nm of torque, where the existing 3.0 TDI had 180kW and 550Nm. The new engine is also more efficient, using a claimed 5.9 litres per 100km, where the old version used 7.4L/100km.

There are several reasons the new model is more efficient – the eight-speed gearbox now has a coasting mode (it disengages when the car isn’t accelerating), there’s stop-start, and it uses AdBlue. Again, the Q7 remains exclusively available with quattro all-wheel-drive.

As for equipment, there is plenty of it.

The standard inclusions are detailed below, but highlights centre around safety equipment.

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There are eight airbags (dual front, front side, rear side and full length curtain) and a 360-degree camera offered as standard, along with front and rear parking sensors and Audi Pre Sense City, a camera-based forward collision warning system with automated braking.

Further standard safety items include rear cross-traffic alert, an exit warning system that can detect unseen cyclists or cars and warn the occupant by flashing a light in the door lining, and for when you’re driving there’s also standard blind-spot monitoring.

Audi also offers a level of automated driving as part of its Assistance Package, ($4075) with an Active Lane assistance system that helps steer the car, and a traffic jam assistance system that uses adaptive cruise control and can mirror what the car in front does in terms of accelerating, braking and even light swerving to avoid obstacles. The standard car has an ordinary cruise control system.

There are a range of styling packages available, too. The S line exterior packages come in three designations, with S line 1 ($7460) coming with sportier front and rear bumpers, a black honeycomb grille finisher, roof spoiler, LED headlights and 20-inch wheels. S line packs 2 and 3 come with the same styling kit but with 21-inch wheels in different designs (both cost $10,085).

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There are two non-metallic paint finishes available (Carrara White, Night Black), and seven metallic options (Argus Brown, Carat Beige, Floret Silver, Glacier White, Graphite Grey, Ink Blue, Orca Black), all of which add $2400 to the price.

2016 Audi Q7 pricing (plus on-road costs):
3.0 TDI – $103,900

2016 Audi Q7 standard equipment:

  • Seven seats
  • Leather trim
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Electric front seat adjustment with memory function for driver’s seat
  • Silver/grey interior inlays
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with tyre repair kit
  • Automatic headlights and wipers
  • Xenon headlights
  • Auto high-beam
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Reverse-view/360-degree camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Audi Pre Sense City autonomous braking system
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill hold assist
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Audi drive select
  • Smart key entry with push-button start
  • Electronic tailgate with sensor control
  • Satellite navigation
  • Bluettooth phone and audio streaming
  • Audi connect Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Digital radio reception
  • 10-speaker stereo system
  • 8.3-inch media screen
  • 12.3-inch LCD virtual cockpit
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Double sun-visors
  • Dual-zone climate control





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