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Default Audi Q7 4L Spec and Buying guide

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UK Q7 4L buying guide (2006 to 2015)

(This will be refined and expanded over time)

All UK models have:
  • 18Ē Alloy wheels
  • 5 position electrically adjustable air suspension
  • Quattro four wheel drive
  • 6 speed automatic gearbox (8 speed after around 2011)
  • 7 seats
  • CD player
  • ABS and traction control
  • 5 isofix fixings
  • Foot operated parking brake
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Cruise control
  • Heated folding electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Auto headlights
  • Auto wipers
  • MMi low with monochrome screen, and 4 button MMI console
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Servotronic power steering
  • 4 x 12v outlets (1 on Center console, 1 in boot, 2 on rear of Center console)
  • 6 cup holders (2 in front armrests, 2 in rear armrests, 2 at rear of third row)
  • Electric windows

SE model adds: (later on, the base model was dropped, and SE became base model)
  • 19Ē alloy wheels
  • Electrically adjustable, memory, heated seats.
  • 6.5Ē colour MMI screen
  • Interior lighting package
  • Comfort center armrest

S Line model adds to SE: (rrp approx £1500)
  • 20Ē alloy wheels
  • Front sport seats, with electric adjustment
  • Half leather / half alcantara interior
  • Black headlining
  • 3 spoke sport steering wheel
  • Sline body styling including fully colour coded bumpers

Sline plus adds to Sline: (rrp approx £4500)
  • 21Ē wheels
  • Full leather interior
  • Privacy glass
  • Side steps
  • Metallic or pearl paint
  • Sat nav
  • Bluetooth hands free
  • Front and rear parking sensors with reversing camera
  • Audi music interface
  • Auto boot

Sline style edition adds to sline plus: (rrp approx £1500)
  • Rotor arm design alloys
  • Off-road styling pack

Sline sport edition adds: to sline plus (rrp approx £3000)
  • Front lower bumper spoilers
  • Stainless steel underbody protection
  • Large side air intakes (in place of front fog lights)
  • Extended wheel arches and door trims
  • Dual oval tailpipes integrated into rear bumper (same as 6.0 v12)
  • Door lower protections strips

Optional equipment packages

Comfort package (rrp approx 1480)
  • Advanced key (keyless)
  • Electrically adjustable steering column
  • Auto dimming door mirrors
  • Memory seats and mirrors

Load package (rrp approx 850)
  • Towbar, removable and lockable
  • Load securing pack with rails
  • Reversible load compartment mat
  • Net partition

Visibility package (rrp approx 850)
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Xenon plus headlights
  • Headlamp wash

Technology pack (up to 2009) or Tech pack low (approx rrp £1500)
  • Sat nav DVD based (2g)
  • Cd changer
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Colour Drivers information system
  • Auto boot
  • Voice control

Technology pack high from 2009 (approx rrp £2000)
  • Sat nav HDD based (3G)
  • Single cd/dvd media slot
  • Front rear parking sensors with reversing camera
  • Auto boot
  • Colour drivers information system
  • Voice control
  • Bluetooth phone prep high (with rsap)

Other optional items:
  • Panoramic sunroof, including rear sunroof in third row (£1500) (tinted version available later on)
  • 21Ē alloys (se, £2500, sline £1250)
  • Twin pane glass (standard in later models) (£525)
  • Privacy glass (£375, not available with twin pane on early models)
  • Dab tuner (standard in later models, £350)
  • Tv tuner (£800)
  • Audi music interface (£250)
  • Towbar, electrically folding (not sline £850)
  • Black styling package (£450)
  • Adaptive cruise control (£1100)
  • Side assist (£450)
  • Lane assist (£400)
  • High beam assist (£115)
  • Rear side airbags (side of rear seats, £250)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring (£85)
  • Bose (£575)
  • Bang and olufsen (£4500)
  • Leather package, center console and door armrests (£700)
  • Leather package advanced including dashboard and door shoulders (£4500)
  • Alcantara roof lining (£1100)
  • 5 seats (no third row, no charge)
  • 6 seats (2 in middle row with storage box, £550)
  • Cool box (only with 6 seats, £1300)
  • Quad zone climate (£550)
  • Heated front seats (£275)
  • Heated front and rear seats (£550)
  • Rear blinds (£205)
  • Trays on rear of front seats (£80)
  • Interior light pack (£175)
  • Stainless steel running boards (£700)
  • Rear seat entertainment with two screens, boot mounted dvd changer (£4200)
  • Homelink garage door opener (£175)

Notable enhancements:

2009 visual Facelift. Upgraded lights front and rear with DRL. 3G MMI now available a long side old 2g nav with 2xssd card slots, higher Rez MMi screen, built in hdd for nav data and music. Media slot plays dvd, cd and CD-ROM with mp3s.

2011 technical Facelift 3.0tdi Engine tweaks: Stop start and 8 speed gearbox give lower tax bracket and slightly better mpg. 8 speed box on 4.2 tdi but no other improvements. 3G plus MMi gives WiFi hotspot, new interface and google maps along with Audi connect and A2DP Bluetooth audio streaming.


3.0 v6 tdi. By far the most common. Pulls well. Common issue with intake flaps failing the same as on the A6 but easy fix around £400 per bank.

4.2 v8 tdi. Twin turbo V8. Very smooth and lots of power. DPF and oil leak at the back of the engine can be issues > 100k Miles. The engine is more capable than the brakes. Quite easy to cook them on some twisty B road !

4.2 v8 fsi. Lacks the midrange overtaking punch of the 4.2 tdi but has no turbo lag and is pretty nippy round town, for a 2.5 ton motor. Very quiet and refined too.

3.6 v6 fsi. I canít comment as never driven. A rare engine in the Audi stable too so nothing to compare to.

6.0 v12 tdi. Built with the Le Mans winning V12 it was the only Audi to ever get the V12 in production and the only Audi at the time, and for years after, that had ceramic brakes as standard. And it needs them. 10k to replace them though, and the v12 is a rare engine so gorgeous car but RS levels of expense to maintain.

3.0 v6 tfsi. Using the same supercharged engine from the S4 itís ripe for some remapping. Uses more oil than most Audiís, but makes an addictive supercharger whine when driven hard.

Common faults:

Air suspension. Normally the system is airtight. You can leave it for a month and it should still be pumped up. But often, a small leak in one strut causes one side to drop, and with the engine off the suspension Ecu tries to lower the other corners to make it level. It eventually ends up low. Then the pump has to work double time to blow it back up and over time the extra stress can make the pump fail. Also, the early relays that drive the pump can fail and stick on, causing the same issue. New pumps come with new relays that have a time cutout.

Pan roof. (Where fitted) Generally works well but can be prone to creaking. Can be fixed with some lubrication of the rubbers

MMi control panel. Right next to the cup holders itís a magnet for spilt drinks. 9 out of 10 MMi faults end up being a faulty control panel through Some liquid damage

Air con. All air con leaks gas over time but the Q7 is known to develop some leaks, so worth buying one with it working properly

Gearbox. The 6 speed is generally bulletproof but will feel smoother with a proper (oil out, pan off, filter change, pan clean) service. The 8 speed Audi boxes in general do seem a bit less reliable

Keyless entry (where fitted): the door handles fail like clockwork. Working correctly you should be able to just lightly touch the door handle and the car will unlock. When it fails, you have to pull the handle once to unlock, and then a second time to open the door. Door handles are body coloured and will cost around £250 each to replace.

Aftermarket mods: recent mot changes are focussing hard on emissions. Engine warning lights, DPFs etc. A number of early cars have been modified and/or remapped and itís not clear how these will do with the recent changes.
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The First 20 Audis:

2001 D2 4.2 QS Silver, 1997 D2 S8 Silver, 1999 D2 4.2 Silver, 2002 D2 S8 Dolphin Grey,
2003 C5 RS6 Blue, 1998 D2 S8 Black, 2000 D2 4.2 QS/S8 Ming Blue, 2003 D3 4.2 Ming Blue,
2005 B7 S4 Blue, 2006 D3 3.0 Tdi Black, 1999 D2 4.2 Silver, 2003 D3 4.2 LPG Crystal Blue,
2000 D2 S8 Silver, 2007 3.0 Tdi Q7 Black, 2009 B8 S4 Black, 1998 D2 S8 Agate Grey,
2006 D3 4.2 Tdi Blue, 2006 D3 S8, 2007 Q7 3.0 Tdi, 2006 C6 S6,

The Second 20 Audis:

2011 A7 Sline, 2001 A2 1.4 Tdi Black, 2002 A2 1.4 Tdi Silver, 2006 A8 4.2 Tdi Blue,
2007 4.2 Tdi Q7, 2006 S4 Cab Silver, 2010 RS6 Saloon Black , 2007 TT Roadster,
2010 A8 D4 4.2 Silver, 2006 C6 A6 2.7 Tdi Quattro, 2000 D2 4.2 QS/S8 Ming Blue (again), 2008 Q7 4.2 Black,
2009 C6 RS6 Saloon Daytona Grey, 2001 Fully Loaded A2 Tdi, 2006 Avant S6 Black, 2007 VW Caravelle Exec Black (almost an Audi)
2009 TT Roadster Daytona, 2015 Q7 4.2 tdi lava grey, 2002 GmbH D2 demonstrator, 2006 D3 A8 LWB 4.2 Tdi Black

Most Recent Audis:

2001 A2 1.4 Tdi Black, 2007 4.2 FSi Q7 ABT Blue, 2016 S5 Coupe Launch model, 2004 S4 B6 Cabriolet, 2016 Q7 Sline White, 2006 Q7 4.2 FSi Black
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The Q7 is one of my favourite all time cars. Iím a long way off of owning one as they hold their value very well.

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