The Q7 e-tron occupies a unique space in the market as the only diesel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). It also boasts a meaty powertrain, mated to the brand's coveted 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine.
Consuming just 1.9L/100km on the combined cycle, the Q7 e-tron emits just 49g of CO2 per kilometre, with an ability to drive on electric power alone for up to 56km.
Sitting beneath the boot floor is a 17.3kWh lithium-ion battery system that can be fully charged within 2.5 hours, or around 10 hours if using a domestic charger.
The battery system beneath the floor means that the Q7 e-tron is strictly a five seater, with the seven-seat floor space now used to store batteries.
Under the bonnet is a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 190kW of power and 600Nm of torque, while an electric motor contributes 94kW of power and 350Nm of torque, producing a combined system output of 275kW of power and 700Nm of torque.
The Q7 e-tron will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 6.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 230km/h, capable of travelling in full EV mode at speeds of up to 135km/h.
Inside the cabin, expect to a see a comprehensive suite of features, including:
- 5 star ANCAP safety rating
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection up to 85km/h
- Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
- Active lane assist
- Exit warning system
- Cross traffic assist
- Audi side assist blind spot monitoring
- Audi pre-sense basic and rear
- Parkin system plus with rear-view camera
- 8.3-inch Audi MMI Navigation with 3D maps and live traffic
- 4G LTE connectivity
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Virtual cockpit
- Audi drive select
- Heated front seats
- 180W Audi sound system
- LED headlights with dynamic indicators
- Adaptive air suspension
In terms of pricing, the Q7 range kicks off from $97,800 (before on-road costs) for the entry-level Q7 powered by a 160kW diesel engine, moving on to $106,900 (before on-road costs) for the Q7 with 200kW diesel engine, then on to $139,900 (before on-road costs) for the Q7 e-tron and finally $155,511 (before on-road costs) for the mighty SQ7.
You can read our full review of the Audi Q7 e-tron here.