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Old 09.01.2012, 17:07
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I am prepared to be shot down by all the treehuggers here but we have 2 SUVs, ........
No one's mentioned emissions here at all but now you bring it into the fray, it's probably time to mention that the Q7 has the worst CO2 emissions out of all the 4x4 SUVs.

However, something tells me that the OP doesn't give s**t about that.
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Re: Audi Q7 - your thoughts

For 4 years I have had a Q7.
Yes parking is a problem. Get the rear camera.
Inside seems a little small for the out side. Get the Panaramic roof.

But...It drives like a car rather than wallowing in the corners like the Disco or GL.
It a great cruiser on the motorway rather than being blown around like the ML. It will seat 7 at a pinch, 6 nicely with kid seats.
Have a look at the new BMW X5 7 seater, which wasn't around when I bought the Audi, supposed to have better performance.

The driver changerable air suspension is a complete waste of money except for the loading button.
Plus you must get the button to close the boot.
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Old 09.01.2012, 17:56
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No one's mentioned emissions here at all but now you bring it into the fray, it's probably time to mention that the Q7 has the worst CO2 emissions out of all the 4x4 SUVs.

However, something tells me that the OP doesn't give s**t about that.
is that true though?
a quick search says the tourag is worse?
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is that true though?
a quick search says the tourag is worse?
You're probably right. The Q7 was the 7 seater 4x4 with the worst emissions until the 7-seater Tourag was launched.

To the OP - groan me if you want but if you were concerned about emissions - you would NOT be buying a Q7 to do either the school run, or to go on long drives (as you put it).
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Old 09.01.2012, 18:10
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But...It drives like a car rather than wallowing in the corners like the Disco or GL.
While I can't deny that the Disco isn't a fast cornerer, I would suggest that if you are buying a car like this to go round corners fast, you may want to reconsider your vehicle choice or buy a Cayene...
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Old 09.01.2012, 18:45
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Re: Audi Q7 - your thoughts

Calm down guys.

I suspect that the "Q7 is the most poluting SUV" label is applicable for just a certain model - maybe the 6.0 W12 model - which quite frankly is a bit mental.

The point is - that like for like - an SUV type vehicle will use more fuel than its "family estate" cousin.

There is a place for the SUV - specifically for those who either go off-road, need a more extreme 4wd solution, tow a heavy load (frequently) or need the ability a low-range transfer box can provide.

An SUV has never been and will never be the best solution for moving a large number of people.
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Old 09.01.2012, 19:39
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Re: Audi Q7 - your thoughts

CitroŽn's Picasso has a panoramic roof & fits seven people. It doesn't pretend to be a status symbol though.
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Old 09.01.2012, 20:20
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CitroŽn's Picasso has a panoramic roof & fits seven people. It doesn't pretend to be a status symbol though.
I don't know if that matters to the OP but my personal issue with Citroen is that they offer almost no vehicles with AWD/4x4.

...otherwise I would probably drive a C6 AWD.
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Re: Audi Q7 - your thoughts

Once again thank you everyone....

So in a nutshell:

- Parking is a huge problem (back sensors are a must)
- Co2 emmissions: didnt think of it
- looks horrible as per consensus
- inner volume less than exterior look
- fuel guzzler

Everyone has put us in 2 minds now re the car but i am still inclined towards it and I repeat the car is not being used for city driving....
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Old 09.01.2012, 21:04
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Re: Audi Q7 - your thoughts

Why not RAV4? Very fuel efficient, third row possibility (although not a lot of space, small kids only), probably more reliable than Audi/VW, for sure more reliable than the Touareg/Q7...

I just checked fuelly.com for average consumption on the Q7...It's between 12.5 and 14.5 liters per 100 km

My RAV4 gets 7.5l per 100 on the highway, 8.5 combined or 10.5 in the city. You won't find better mileage for a 4WD.

Plus it's very spacious and has a lot of room for it's size. Not huge wheels (you will pay twice more for a Q7 tires, plus expect to change them more often), cheap maintenance, basically you pay gas for a sedan but have a more comfortable SUV-like with room and higher seat position on the road. And you can park it easily on any parking space.
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Old 09.01.2012, 21:17
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Everyone has put us in 2 minds now re the car but i am still inclined towards it and I repeat the car is not being used for city driving....
Another candidate worth looking at might be the Volvo XC90.
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Old 09.01.2012, 22:26
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Re: Audi Q7 - your thoughts

Gas guzzler - a Q7 - my arse

If it was I would have mentioned it earlier!
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Old 09.01.2012, 22:38
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Gas guzzler - a Q7 - my arse

If it was I would have mentioned it earlier!
Yeah right, in perfect condition, no wind and driven slooooow. In reality:

http://www.spritmonitor.de/en/detail/490516.html

http://www.fuelly.com/car/audi/q7/diesel%20v6

They get around 9-10 highway and 12-14 combined.
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Old 09.01.2012, 22:51
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Re: Audi Q7 - your thoughts

I don't think the Q7 is ugly - especially if you get one with the running boards and cool rims! But, given that I drive a US spec minivan here, I will say I do often wish I could just run around driving a golf. Maybe we will look into that Wechselschild thing...
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Old 10.01.2012, 10:12
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Yeah right, in perfect condition, no wind and driven slooooow. In reality:

http://www.spritmonitor.de/en/detail/490516.html

http://www.fuelly.com/car/audi/q7/diesel%20v6

They get around 9-10 highway and 12-14 combined.
The older models have official figures of around 9l/100km - the new engine is considerably bettter. The leap in fuel economy in the last 5 years has been staggering - across all cars.

If you can't drive a car - and get close to the mixed figure - you are driving with a leaden foot - and have no ability to read the road.
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Once again thank you everyone....

So in a nutshell:

- Parking is a huge problem (back sensors are a must)
- Co2 emmissions: didnt think of it
- looks horrible as per consensus
- inner volume less than exterior look
- fuel guzzler

Everyone has put us in 2 minds now re the car but i am still inclined towards it and I repeat the car is not being used for city driving....
go for it.. lovely to drive, doesnt feel that big at all
make sure you get the rear parking camera and not just the sensors though..
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Old 10.01.2012, 10:40
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go for it.. lovely to drive, doesnt feel that big at all
make sure you get the rear parking camera and not just the sensors though..
Real men don't need sensors and parking cameras.
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Real men don't need sensors and parking cameras.
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Old 10.01.2012, 10:50
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Real men don't need sensors and parking cameras.
Just for the wife obviously

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In Australia we had a Mazda CX9 - huge inside, proper good seven seats and beautiful to drive, as well as being nicer to look at than the Q7.. I see they are here in Siwtzerland as well. Might be an option for you to also consider? To solve the car size problem, we have the big 4X4 here for our family weekend mountain trips and I drive a Smart car during the week (which is also a good match to my parking skills) and never ever have any parking issues
We moving to CH middle of the year. We wanted to get a CX9 but Mazda do not sell them in Europe (confirmed with Mazda and on their website). The ones you find here are private imports and I have beed advised that they can't be registered (or whatever they call it in CH) for 7 seats. Madness. Far better car and deal than any Euro 7 seater.
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