Audi Q7 e-tron Test Drive Review

2 years ago by Mark Kane 12

Audi Q7 e-tron

Audi Q7 e-tron

Audi Q7 e-tron

Audi Q7 e-tron

The European version of the Audi Q7 plug-in hybrid (with a 3.0 diesel engine) was recently tested by the Autocar.

Sales of this particular model will begin in December 2015 in Europe..

The real breakthrough” according to the article is a feature called Predictive Efficiency, which changes drive modes depending on navigation to use the right mode at any given time to improve efficiency. Otherwise, the driver can manually select a mode (all-electric, hybrid or hold) like in most other plug-in cars.

Other positives are muted engine vibrations, and noise and cabin refinement.

Heavy weight (2,445 kg / 5,390 lbs) and the 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery placed above the rear axle makes Q7 e-tron less agile than it should be and affects acceleration too.

“As out test drive showed, having three substantial adults in the cabin means the e-tron isn’t always as roaringly rapid as the raw figures might suggest.

Rather less satisfactory were some aspects of the e-tron’s handling. It runs straight and fast on motorways and picks its way through narrow village streets with great ease. But on some of the fast, sweeping bends we encountered outside Madrid, it was less happy.

Set the car up for a long corner and the Q7 runs into it and allows noticeable body roll to build up. But once the driver unwinds the lock as the car exits the bend, the e-tron struggles to settle itself into the new trajectory.

As the direction of body roll reverses, the chassis takes a second or two to right itself, which it eventually does in a rather untidy, top-heavy manner. My instinct was that this must be at least partly caused by having a 225kg battery pack balanced so high up over the rear axle.”

All-electric range stated by Audi is about 34 miles (expect less under EPA tests).

Interior is reported as top notch too:

“As you’d expect, the Q7’s interior is a masterclass in fit, finish and premium design. But the front of the cabin is snug rather than generously spacious and the digital instrument pack is tilted slightly downwards, away from the driver. It is also packed out with too many small displays and mini graphic clusters. Although the boot is claimed to offer a 650-litre volume (and there’s a good amount of floor area) it is quite shallow once the luggage cover is deployed.”

Source: Autocar

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12 responses to "Audi Q7 e-tron Test Drive Review"

  1. Khai L. says:

    In other words, it needs a dedicated chassis, since the battery placement compromised the performance and handling.

  2. Michael says:

    Please tell me this isn’t the ‘tesla killer’ Audi have been working on?

    1. Bone says:

      This isn’t the ‘tesla killer’ Audi have been working on.

      1. pk says:

        Don’t forget the Jedi hand wave.

  3. Philip d says:

    “All-electric range stated by Audi is about 34 miles (expect less under EPA tests).”

    It will be lucky to get over 20. It has the same battery size as the gen 1 Volt which weighs 1800 lbs. less and has an EPA range of 38 miles AER. That 1800 lbs. is like having to lug around an extra half of a gen 1 Volt.

    Now after adding that weight of half of a Volt then reduce the hp in all-electric mode to 130 hp. The Q7 etron has a 130 hp electric motor and weighs almost 5,400 lbs. That will be almost unusable in all-electric driving.

    This drivetrain setup clearly is designed to be used in blended mode at all times which will definitely improve gas mileage but expectations for any all-electric driving will be a novelty in most situations other than stop and go freeway traffic.

  4. pjwood1 says:

    Only ford dabbled in predictive PHEV modes. Here, Audi leaves GM and BMW behind.

  5. BankruptGenmanCarMaker says:

    5,390 lbs even heavier than model x with much less power lol

    1. pjwood1 says:

      4343lbs, per R&T, for the gas version. They cut about 700lbs. Add a battery, and I don’t think you get 5390? Tesla’s 85kwh maybe, but not 17.3kwh.

      1. BankruptGenmanCarMaker says:

        Other positives are muted engine vibrations, and noise and cabin refinement.

        Heavy weight (2,445 kg / 5,390 lbs) and the 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery placed above the rear axle makes Q7 e-tron less agile than it should be and affects acceleration too
        =========================
        LoL

        And is it legal they can still sell diesel engine?

        1. pjwood1 says:

          Trying as hard as i can. 🙂

          V6’s had an unapproved AECDnot excess pollutants.

  6. Rich says:

    Let’s hope this isn’t Audi / VW idea of turning over a new leaf. This looks like the same ole same … aka VW pushing their horrible diesel agenda and trying to green wash it with a few miles of electric range.
    On a positive note, CNN Money reported VW sales in Nov. are down 25% in the USA.
    http://money.cnn.com/2015/12/01/news/companies/volkswagen-sales-plunge-emissions-scandal/

  7. Daniel says:

    The car is a waste of public charging points.

    It seems that Audi figured from their emission scandal that they need to gain accelaration and fuel efficiency in their tractors.