The mental picture I get when somebody says “seven-passenger SUV,” is one of a lumbering, gas-guzzling behemoth that can carry as much stuff as a 26-foot U-Haul truck and is about as nimble and fun to drive.
That stereotype all melted away when I got behind the wheel of the newly redesigned all-wheel drive 2017 Audi Q7 Quattro.
Audi’s conceptual work on the Q7 began in 2002 and it first arrived in showrooms in 2005. Besides a minor facelift in 2009, the model has basically been unchanged for 11 years. Car model redesigns typically occur every four to six years.
Speculation as to why Audi waited so long to part ways with the first-generation Q7 include the fact that the company replaced its development chief twice, that the new MLB Architecture of the 2017 Q7 was to serve as the prototype for all models moving forward and they wanted to be sure to get it right, and the first-generation Q7 continued to be a strong seller for the German automaker.
Regardless of the reasons, it was well worth the wait. The 2017 Q7, the largest SUV in Audi’s lineup, is not only spacious enough to comfortably carry a growing family and a few of their friends, it boasts first-class comfort, a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a 474-pound weight reduction compared to the prior Q7 model. It is the perfect family hauler for…