2011 Audi Q7 3.0T S Line

The Q7 is one fine big SUV. I've liked Audi's supercharged 3.0-liter since I first tried it in the S4 a couple years ago, and even though the Q7 is no sport sedan, this engine still works very well here. Granted, this top-spec S-line edition carries a 61-hp advantage (and a $13,000 premium) over the basic Q7 3.0T. In addition to the amped-up powertrain, the S-line also gets fancy features like swiveling headlights, ventilated seats, and twenty-inch wheels. The turbo-diesel Q7 remains my preference, however, given its 2-mpg (EPA combined) fuel-economy advantage and, more important, how well its torquey personality meshes with the big Audi's massive curb weight; in Prestige trim like our S-line test car, the TDI costs only an extra $4000, which is a small percentage of a $60,000 price tag.

The Q7 drives very well for a vehicle its size, yet it still made me long for our departed Four Seasons Audi Q5, which offered decent utility, too, but was significantly smaller, lighter, and more nimble. For families who appreciate (and can afford) the finer things -- and need a third row and want to tow -- the Q7 is a nice ride. It's also attractive looking and somewhat rare, handily outsold as it is by competitors such as the Cadillac Escalade, the Acura MDX, the BMW X5, and the Mercedes-Benz GL-class.
- Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

I'm always struck by the steering in the Audi Q7, which manages to be both precise and light, helping to make this big vehicle feel more tossable than it might otherwise feel. I also like the beautifully designed and finished interior.

I don't like the sense of mass in the Q7, especially the huge front end. It seems big for big's sake.
- Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

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