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The already successful 2016 Audi Q7 now has a new entry point into the range, in the form of a 160kW 3.0 TDI V6 model.

This new model variant now leads the way for buyers wanting a seven-seat (standard) Audi SUV. The 3.0 TDI 160kW Audi Q7 is priced from $96,300 plus the usual on-road costs.

Despite generating 160kW between 3250-4750rpm and 500Nm between 1250-3000rpm, the 3.0 TDI Q7 uses only a claimed 5.8 litres per one hundred kilometres on the ADR combined cycle.

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With the 160kW engine, the Q7 can scoot from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds. The overall weight of this entry-level Q7 has been reduced by around 240kg from the previous-generation – thanks to 41 percent of the SUV’s body construction being made up of aluminium.

Stop/start is standard. The eight-speed tiptronic gearbox is also standard, as is an improved version of Audi’s quattro AWD system. For the first time for a Q7, electromechanical power steering is also part of the standard features list, along with the familiar Audi Drive Select system.

The base model Q7 will be available with steel coil springs as standard equipment, but buyers can tick the box for adaptive air suspension (a $4950 option). At launch, we only tested vehicles with conventional steel spring suspension.

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Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit is missing from the base Q7, with Audi Australia claiming buyers would be happy to forgo higher tech such as that feature to be able to get into the Q7 at a cheaper entry price. As such, traditional gauges front the driver.

As we’ve seen with Audi models in Australia of late, there are numerous option packages that can be added to the starting price.

Pricing might not be cheap, but it does make optioning up your vehicle easier and Audi argues this is why it has grouped options together in packages.

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The ’S line Exterior Package’ ($8760) is highlighted by exterior trim but also LED headlights with dynamic rear indicators and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The ‘Assistance Package’ ($4075) adds Audi active lane assist, adaptive cruise control with Audi pre sense front, traffic jam assist, collision assist and turn assist.

Lastly, the ‘Parking Assistance Package’ ($1300) adds 360-degree cameras (with top view) and park assist. A head-up display is also available, but will cost $3400, while Night Vision Assist with pedestrian detection costs $5100. If you want Audi’s fancy Matrix beam LED headlights, you’ll need to cough up $5500.

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Standard equipment highlights include:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Driver information system with seven-inch high-resolution colour display
  • Side assist with pre sense rear, rear cross traffic alert and exit warning
  • Xenon plus headlights with high beam assist
  • Parking system plus with rear view camera
  • Electric adjust front seats with driver’s memory
  • Contrasting lower bumpers
  • MMI Navigation Plus with eight-inch retractable splay
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Leather-appointed upholstery

The Audi Q7 has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

The 160kW 3.0 TDI Audi Q7 requires servicing every 15,000km or 12 months whichever comes first, and is covered by a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

The 160kW 3.0 TDI Audi Q7 is on sale in Australia now.

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