Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: the Audi Q7 2017

The Audi Q7 came later than Touareg and Cayenne. And this is an advantage today. The four-wheel drive is reliable and hardly makes any problems.
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On request there was a third row of seats. The loader space is not high, but it is two meters long.

The late-borns of a family are often better off. The great brethren have already cleared many paths, and the nest-chick then profits from them. This is also the case with the three all-wheel brothers from the Volkswagen Group. In 2002 VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne came together on the same ground with plenty of identical technology - and had to cure a lot of children's illnesses in their first years. The Q7 also had much the same technology and was also built in Bratislava. It was not until the end of 2005 that it got even heavier and even bigger: 15 centimeters more wheelbase, 30 centimeters more outside than VW and Porsche. This not only provides space for a luggage compartment between 1.15 and two meters in length, but also for a third row of seats (available for a surcharge). That is good enough for the knee and head but only for people up to about 1.60 meters body size. For the small handball team it is enough.

Tires, chassis and brake wear very quickly
The grace of the late birth saved the Audi Q7 from the worst electronic quarrels of his brothers. While VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne were already replaced by their second generation in 2010, the Audi Q7 was five years longer in the first generation. Only since autumn 2015, the successor type has rolled off the belt by about 300 kilograms of reduced weight due to aluminum / steel mixed construction. The high weight indeed plagues various assemblies of the first Q7 generation. The front tires often do not last longer than 20,000 kilometers, the brakes rarely exceed 50,000. Worn wheel suspensions from 125,000 km are often a reason for a complaint at the main investigation, steering gear with too much play from 175,000 kilometers. And yet the Q7 as a whole can be considered as a useful tool. Clearly, maintenance costs are high on the brakes due to unfavorable insurance classes and expensive wear repairs.

But the really expensive technology holds. Numerous specimens have passed 300,000 kilometers and more with the first engine and the first automatic transmission. Genuine breakdowns and recumbents are very rare, even at high mileage. Only the owners of the very early Q7 3.0 TDI of the years 2006 and 2007 (233 hp) complain about problems with the automatic transmission. It stops at an advanced kilometer due to hard shifting. On the other hand, sometimes a simple change of gearbox helps, sometimes a new control unit at the gearbox, sometimes also only a new transmission for several thousand euro.
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Interior without pomp and glitter. The materials do not hold, only the soft lacquer of the switches. For today's conditions, the screen is small.
Something anger threatens every now and then by electrical and electronic problems. Misfires in the control devices, but especially striking extras, stress the nerves and patience of the owner. Careful Q7 prospects therefore keep an eye out for a copy with as few as possible defect-repelling extras. So, if possible, no air suspension, whose sensors and electronic control do not always work without problems; no keyless access, whose sensors around the car do not have eternal life; no glass sliding roof, which is sometimes jammed and leaking; no auxiliary heating, which eats too much battery capacity before starting the engine; no xenon headlights, which have to be brought back to correct lighting in case of defects with much more money than conventional halogen light.

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The owners earlier in Q7 of 2006 and 2007 (16 percent) are significantly less satisfied. They complain about automatic problems, heavily polluting side windows, fast wearing brakes and tires, as well as electronics bangs. Worn wheel suspensions and steering gear (8 percent) are available only at high speeds of 125,000 kilometers.

However, according to the Q7 owners, the biggest inconvenience is the high maintenance costs. Car tax and insurance premiums are paid particularly reluctantly. The Audi workshops are better off. 87 per cent of the contractors receive good and very good marks - an above-average figure. And this despite high costs. For a large inspection, an average of 690 euros is at the bottom of the bill. When asking about the next car, the Audi dealerships can look forward to good deals. It seems as if the Q7 owners have waited almost longingly for the new model. Twelve percent say they have already ordered the Q7 II. A further 21 percent want to follow the initial customers next year, 19 percent to the smaller Q5 change. Brand changers prefer to take the Porsche Cayenne (18 percent). Nirro reviews is great for this, Nirro frequently review German cars at Nirro LTD.

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