2011 Audi Q7

3.0 Premium AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2011 Audi Q7 Tdi Left Side View
Three 3-liter V-6s
For 2011, the Q7 engine lineup consists of three V-6s. All are 3.0 liters. Two are supercharged gasoline engines; the third is the turbodiesel. Of the two supercharged gasoline engines, the hotter one is the 333-hp unit from the S4; the base engine is a detuned version that makes 272 hp. The 3.0-liter TDI sits in between them, and takes the role of the fuel miser.
2011 Audi Q7 Tdi Rear Left Side View
Beating the EPA
Whereas both of the gasoline V-6 engines are EPA rated at 16/22 mpg (city/highway), the Q7 TDI earns 17/25 mpg EPA ratings. Not much of a bump, you may be thinking. But the thing is, I was able to easily exceed those figures during my time with the car. I just crested 30 mpg on my two highway runs, and usually averaged 20 or 21 mpg in town. That's an excellent performance for a big boy like the Q7, which weighs in at a portly 5567 pounds.
The TDI's output is a modest 225 hp but a stout 406 pound-feet of torque. In most driving, the diesel seems sprightly. There is zero diesel clatter, and only a faint turbo whistle. Light throttle applications provide pleasantly energetic response, with boost coming on after half-a-beat, obviating the need to really leg the pedal. If you do floor it, though, you'll find that the Q7 TDI is not nearly as quick as the BMW X5 diesel, nor is it as fast as either of its own gasoline-powered siblings.
My Q7 was equipped with the standard 19-inch wheels (20- and 21-inch wheels are optional) and it had a decent ride without too much harshness. The chassis is firm and the steering assist is quite natural, unlike some Audis. Those who aren't happy with the standard ride/handling setup can opt for the adaptive air suspension.
Room for two more?
The Q7 is bigger than its Porsche Cayenne/Volkswagen Touareg platform-mates, which allowed engineers to package a third-row of seats. But access is not easy, and you can forget about putting adults back there; even your kids will outgrow it after middle school. Also, there's not much luggage space when the third-row seats are in use. Consider the Q7 really a 5-seater, with two extra places to use in a pinch. The good news is that the second row is quite comfortable, even the middle position, although headroom is at a premium. The optional oversize sunroof covers all three rows, and is one of the biggest we've encountered.
2011 Audi Q7 Tdi Dashboard
The Q7 -- with any engine -- offers a choice of three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. My test example was equipped with the Premium Plus package, which includes navigation, the panorama sunroof, and a few other items. Leather is standard. The interior, though, doesn't quite live up to Audi's vaunted reputation. Everything seems well put-together, but the design is fairly bland and the details unspectacular. There is no wow factor. The familiar Multi-Media Interface, part of the optional navigation system, is fairly easy to use but not as good as the best systems. Know that the MMI in the Q7 is not Audi's latest-and-greatest version, the one with the touchpad number and letter entry that you find in the A8 and the A7.
In the shadow of its sibling
Although it's larger and more expensive, the Q7 seems to exist in the shadow of its smaller sibling. One might expect the more popularly priced Q5 to sell more, but the central issue is that the Q7 doesn't really offer much to tempt buyers away from the Q5. The third-row seat is its only real draw, but unlike those in some competitors, that back bench is strictly for kids. The extra utility, therefore, is marginal, and the extra luxury isn't really there either. Of the three Q7 engine offerings, the TDI's exceptional real-world fuel economy makes it the easy choice over either of the slightly quicker gasoline engines. It also helps make a case for the Q7 over the Q5. Little wonder, then, that it's the most popular version of the Q7. Now, a Q5 TDI -- that might really grab the limelight.
2011 Audi Q7 TDI
2011 Audi Q7 Tdi 2nd Row Seating
Base price: $51,775
Price as tested: $58,275
Standard equipment:
3.0-liter TDI V-6
Four-wheel drive
8-speed automatic transmission
Antilock brakes
Four-wheel disc brakes
Stability control
Dual-zone automatic climate control
3rd-row seats
19-inch alloy wheels
Power mirrors, windows, door locks
Tilt and telescoping steering column
Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
Rear audible park assist
Sirius satellite radio
Power liftgate
Heated front seats
Trailer hitch pre-wiring
Options on this vehicle:
Premium Plus package
- Audi MMI navigation plus
- xenon headlamps w/LED daytime running lights and turn signals
- auto-dimming and power-folding exterior mirrors
- Bose surround sound and HD radio
- park assist w/rearview camera
- memory function for driver
- panorama sunroof
Cold weather package
- heated rear seats
- heated steering wheel
Options not on this vehicle:
Prestige package
S line package
Bang & Olufsen sound system
Audi adaptive air suspension
Adaptive cruise control
Fuel economy:
17/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined)
3.0L V-6 turbodiesel
Horsepower: 225 hp @ 3750 rpm
Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
8-speed automatic
Curb weight:
5567 lb
8.5 x 19 in. wheels
265/50R19 Continental 4x4 Contact tires
BMW X5 xDrive35d, Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec 4MATIC, Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
What's new?
8-speed automatic transmission replaces 6-speed
1005 02+2011 Audi Q7+front Three Quarter View
For 2011, Audi will jettison its V-6 and V-8 engine in the Q7, and replace them both with its supercharged 3.0T V-6, in 272-hp and 333-hp strengths. Although this strategy might leave you scratching your head, the idea is to simplify the powertrain lineup while still preserving the idea of a base engine and a more powerful step-up offering. (The TDI V-6, by the way, will remain.)
1005 02+2011 Audi Q7+front Three Quarter View
We recently sampled both variations of the Q7 3.0T around Ingolstadt, and appreciated the smooth power delivery as well as the new eight-speed automatic transmission's wide spread of gear ratios. In high-output trim, the 3.0T is down 17 hp versus the old 4.2-liter V-8, but matches the 325 lb-ft torque rating. Thanks to the versatility of the eight-speed automatic, the Q7 never feels lacking in forward thrust. We found the performance of the high-spec 3.0T strong enough to make it a credible replacement for the 4.2-liter V-8.
The base 3.0T's 272 hp can't quite match the old 3.6-liter V-6's 280 hp, but the 295 lb-ft of torque betters the 266 lb-ft offered by the previous, normally aspirated V-6. The slightly dulled reflexes of the lower-output 3.0T are still perfectly adequate for a people hauler - acceleration isn't neck-snapping, but you'll have no problem merging with traffic or passing dawdlers.
Both versions of the 3.0T are projected to use less fuel than the engines they replace, but exact EPA numbers are not yet available; the eight-speed automatic transmission alone is supposedly good for a 5 percent fuel economy gain.
What we don't yet know is the price difference between the two. Currently, $14,100 separates the base V-6 at $47,725 from the V-8 at $61,825, with the TDI nestled in between at $51,725.
Speaking of the diesel, it too receives the eight-speed automatic for 2011. During past drives of the TDI Q7 we were very happy with its 406 lb-ft of torque and 25 mpg highway rating. Emissions regulations mean diesel exhaust fluid, known as AdBlue to Audi customers, is required at regular service intervals.
The rest of the 2011 Audi Q7 is essentially unchanged. Driving dynamics are still impressive for the class and interior appointments are as luxurious as anything else coming from Ingolstadt these days. Last year, Audi added its latest MMI system, which now offers 3D navigation and a joystick controller for making your way through the various menus and functions of the advanced infotainment system, to the Q7. Voice command is also part of the MMI package and understands inputs like "I'm hungry" or "I need gas."
Right now, Audi is setting the standard for downsizing engines without making consumers feel like they've given up anything. Additionally, the company's willingness to serve up one engine with multiple outputs (which it does with the 2.0T as well) pays dividends in terms of saving development dollars and reducing assembly line complexity. It's an interesting strategy that we wouldn't be surprised to see competitors adopt.
2011 Audi Q7
2011 Audi Q7
Audi does not offer many different SUV models, but the Q7 is their biggest and best. The evolution of this SUV through the years has brought a lot more power and a hot new looks to this flagship SUV model from Audi. The authoritative look and bold style of the Q7 cannot go without notice. The one big change for this new model, is that there will actually be less options. This simplifying of product lines may bring down the overhead for the Audi, but many consumers liked the options of a V-6 or a V-8 engine. Now the only motor available in this model is a 3.0 liter V-6 that runs on diesel and comes standard with the world renowned Audi quarto AWD system.

This model, like many others from Audi now comes standard with an 8 speed automatic transmission that boost fuel economy and makes shifting even smoother. The one obvious complaint about the Q7 is the ridiculous high tailgate, which makes loading and unloading mildly difficult.
2011 Audi Q7 TDI Rear Three Quarters
Audi has toyed with the idea of opening a plant in North America to help it reach an ambitious two-million unit annual sales goal by 2020, and now it appears the automaker will build a new plant in Mexico, which will be the production site of a new SUV.
2011 Porsche Cayenne Front Three Quarter
The German Federal Council today passed a controversial emissions labeling system very similar to the fuel economy letter grading system nearly passed by the EPA and the DOT a few months ago.
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Last May, during a photo shoot for an Automobile Collectible Classic story, my lovely little VW Scirocco 16V requested a new engine. It did this in subtle ways, such as pouring a six-foot puddle of oil out onto the street in front our photographer's pristine mid-century modern home. (The street needed to be repaved to clean up the mess. Whoops, um, sorry.) Slightly more than slightly embarrassed, I figured it was about time to oblige, and I promptly called a friend at Volkswagen of America.  "I don't care if I have to mortgage my house to pay for it, please find me me a new block. This will be the fifth engine I've put in the car, and I've just about had it with used blocks and I'm hoping this will be the last."

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2011 Audi Q7 Specifications

Quick Glance:
3.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
22 MPG
272 hp @ 4750rpm
295 ft lb of torque @ 2250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Recall Date
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Audi S4, S5, Q7, 2012 Audi A6, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, and 2012-2013 Audi A7 vehicles. In the affected vehicles the fuel injection system may experience a fuel leak.
A fuel leak in the injection system in the presence of an ignition source, increases the risk of a fire.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals, free of charge. The recall began on March 17, 2015. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834 or Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 24AP for Audi customers and 24BK for Volkswagen customers.
Potential Units Affected
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

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