Audi is on a mission to “smarten up the roads.” In addition to equipping its vehicles with cutting-edge technology and infotainment, that also means offering top-of-the-line luxury and performance with greater efficiency, wrapped in timeless designs. That philosophy comes together beautifully in the 2012 Audi Q7 luxury SUV.
Audi can attribute much of its success to following its own path to luxury. A look inside, outside and underneath the 2012 Audi Q7 luxury SUV makes this crystal clear. The Q7 offers three-row luxury seating with room for seven, yet its sensible size makes it easily manageable in urban driving. Sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension, standard quattro® all-wheel drive and other chassis technologies, meanwhile, make the 2012 Audi Q7 a joy to drive in any weather. Available Adaptive Air Suspension delivers the pinnacle of smooth ride comfort while preserving renowned Audi agility.
The starting MSRP of $46,250 for the 2012 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium is more than $2,700 less than that of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4MATIC, which seats just five. With its powerful supercharged V6 engine, standard quattro® all-wheel drive, heated 12-way power front seats, leather seating and power tailgate – among other luxuries – the Audi Q7 Premium simply delivers more value. Leather seating, for example, costs extra in the Mercedes ML350.
The 2012 Audi Q7 3.0T shows off its smarts under the hood where a 3.0 TFSI®
supercharged V6 engine produces 280 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque. Or, for remarkable 25 mpg highway fuel efficiency, choose the 2012 Audi Q7 TDI®
model with clean-diesel technology. All Q7 models offer a maximum towing capacity of 6,600 pounds (with optional Tow Hitch Package). The Q7 TDI is a towing dream thanks to a turbocharged clean-diesel V6 that pumps out a prodigious 406 lb/ft of torque at just 1,750 rpm. Those experienced in towing need no further explanation. For those who are not, that’s a level of torque usually associated with much larger V8 engines that are not nearly as fuel-efficient.
If your tastes skew to the sportier side, consider the 2012 Audi Q7 S line® model, which comes standard with the Prestige equipment level, along with a power boost and striking 20-inch alloy wheels. In the Q7 S line, the supercharged V6 offers 333 hp and 325 lb/ft of torque. That’s comparable power to the V8-powered 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450, a seven-passenger SUV rated for just 18 mpg on the highway, versus 22 mpg in the Audi Q7 S line.
The Audi Q7 S line makes its own design statement with contrasting colors for the lower bumper and door trim, dual exhaust tailpipes with polished tips and matte black roof rails and window trim.
The Audi Q7 delivers roominess, luxurious comfort and all-season capability, all for less money than competitors – information that is not new to Audi owners; for 2012, it’s the new level of connectivity that really makes the news. The Audi MMI® Navigation plus System, standard in Premium Plus and Prestige trims, is powered by a 40GB hard drive and adds the Audi Connect™ system for 2012, which enables Google Earth™ and Google™ Local Search and makes the Q7 a rolling Wi-Fi® hotspot for up to eight passenger devices. Now, in addition to 3D topography graphics on the navigation screen, having Google Earth lets you overlay close-up photographic views of surroundings or destinations right onto the navigational maps. With Google Local Search, you can make easier, more intuitive voice requests for navigation instructions, helping you keep your focus on the road.
In addition to the iPod® and iPhone® integration that’s standard in all 2012 Audi Q7 models, MMI Navigation plus provides HD Radio™, offering even more options for receiving music and information. The system comes with a three-month trial subscription to both SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Traffic and offers two SD card slots to access MP3 music files. Enjoy your music on the standard Audi DSP audio system or the Bose® Surround Sound System that comes with the Premium Plus and Prestige lines. Audiophiles simply must sample the available Bang & Olufsen® Advanced Sound System, which turns any source into a virtual concert hall with more than 1,000 watts of power playing through 14 speakers. The Bang & Olufsen brand is known for its stunning music clarity; the Audi Q7 lets you take it on the road.
If you prefer to follow your own road, then you’re in tune with Audi. Come in and see how original thinking makes the 2012 Audi Q7 today’s most compelling luxury SUV.