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2012 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Premium SUV

2012 Audi Q7 Review

(0 Stars)  Big, but definitely not our favorite Audi.

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Overview
If we're about to sound a little down on the Q7, it's because this three-row SUV is getting seriously long in the tooth -- and frankly, it wasn't one of our favorites when it was new. Not that there's anything wrong with the Q7, but it's a vehicle that was clearly conceived in a different time, and there are now much better choices. From behind the wheel, the Q7 feels enormous, and its nearly 5600-pound curb weight explains why. In response to high gas prices, the Q7 received a number of powertrain revisions last year. The V-8 got the ax, leaving a trio of 3.0-liter V-6s to choose from. The base gasoline engine is a 280-hp supercharged V-6 hooked to an intelligent eight-speed automatic; the combo is good for a 7.7-second scoot to 60 mph. S line Q7s receive a 333-hp version of that engine, knocking the sprint off in 6.9 seconds with no penalty at the pump. Our choice would be the torquey turbo-diesel, which can hit 60 mph in a brisk, drama-free 8.0 seconds. It's too bad that the diesel's EPA ratings don't show much of a fuel-economy benefit. Like other Audis, the Q7 is sharply dressed inside and out, and its infotainment system has been upgraded for 2012 to include Audi Connect. The system can overlay Google Earth images over maps, provide real-time traffic information, and act as a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot for up to eight devices. It also allows the driver to perform Google Voice local searches for navigation destinations.

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2012 Q7 3.0 TDI Premium Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 3.0L V 6 DOHC with variable valve timing
Diesel fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 17 MPG city, 25 MPG highway, 20 MPG combined and 528 mi. range
Diesel common rail fuel injection
26.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 225 hp @ 3,750 rpm; 406 ft lb of torque @ 1,750 rpm

'12 Audi 3.0 TDI Premium SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cargo Net
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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