What Changed for 2008:
- Simplified options programs
- Standard leather seating on 3.6 models
- Standard power tailgate and third-row seating on 3.6 Premium models
- Standard Audi navigation with DVD on 4.2 Premium models
- Additional standard features across the lineup
- New standard and optional wheel programs
The Audi Q7 is a 7-passenger SUV. Now in its second year in North America, the Q7 is built on the Volkswagen 4L platform, a derivative of Volkswagen's 7L platform shared with the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. Larger than its German siblings, the Audi Q7 is designed for uncompromised luxury rather than extreme off-road prowess (the Q7 lacks a low-range transfer case). However, with Audi's standard quattro permanent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, the Q7 is designed to be an all-weather SUV. For 2008, Audi has simplified many of the options programs and added even more standard equipment.
All 2008 Audi Q7 models come with a 4-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty that includes a 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation. Road America provides 24-hour roadside assistance for the first four years of ownership.
The 2008 Audi Q7 will be offered in four different models: Q7 3.6, Q7 3.6 Premium, Q7 4.2, and Q7 4.2 Premium. All share the identical chassis and standard quattro permanent AWD system. The most significant difference in the models is found under the hood. All 3.6 models are equipped with a 6-cylinder engine while all 4.2 models offer an 8-cylinder powerplant. The designated Premium models feature a longer list of standard equipment and available options.
Standard features on all models include leather seating, full power accessories, and an automatic dual-zone climate control system with multiple temperature sensors. While base Q7 3.6 models feature halogen headlamps and the standard audio system, the 3.6 Premium model upgrades to HID headlamps and a Bose Premium Sound system with 14 speakers and 270 watts of output. A 50/50-split folding third-row seat is optional on the 3.6 models, and standard on all 4.2 versions.
Audi revised the standard wheel package for 2008. All 3.6 and 3.6 Premium models now come with 18-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels. The 4.2 Premium models now come standard with 20-inch twin-spoke wheels. Optional 19-, 20-, and 21-inch alloy wheels are still available on all Premium models.
Audi offers two different powerplants in the 2008 Q7. Standard on the Q7 3.6 is a direct-injection, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 280 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. When mated to Audi's standard Tiptronic 6-speed automatic transmission, 2008 EPA fuel economy estimates are 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. Standard on the Q7 4.2 is an all-aluminum, 4.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 350 hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Offered with the same electronically controlled Tiptronic 6-speed automatic transmission (with slightly different gearing), its 2008 EPA fuel economy estimates are 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway.
Standard across the Q7 lineup, all models feature the latest generation of Audi's quattro permanent AWD system with asymmetrical/dynamic torque distribution, front double-wishbone suspension, and rear 4-link independent suspension. A \"4-Corner\" adjustable air suspension system, with five suspension settings, is optional on all models except the base Q7. Four-wheel disc brakes, with anti-lock control, are standard across the model range.
The rigid occupant cell of the 2008 Audi Q7 is constructed with high-strength steel, aluminum crossmembers and reinforced 5-mph bumpers. The front passengers in all Q7 models are protected by two-stage, next-generation front air bags. Driver and front passenger seats also feature side thorax air bag supplemental restraints. All seven seating positions offer 3-point safety belts with automatic pre-tensioning. Audi's Sideguard Inflatable Curtain air bags extend from the A-pillar and D-pillar on each side of the vehicle to protect passengers from a collision with side glass, accident debris and rollovers, Audi says. The curtain air bag extends the length of the cabin for all three rows of passengers. The Lower Anchorage and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system is standard in all rear seating positions including the third row. The 2007 Audi Q7 was crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It earned 5-star ratings in both frontal- and side-impact testing for both driver and passenger. The all-wheel-drive Q7 earned a 4-star rollover rating from the agency.
Instead of cluttering the dashboard with endless buttons and switches, many automakers have engineered joystick-like multi-function controls to simplify things. Audi's version is called the Multi Media Interface (MMI). It is standard on all models of the 2008 Q7. The MMI is designed as a single hub for the entertainment, communication, information and control systems of the vehicle. On the Q7, it can control everything from the FM radio station to the vehicle's ride height. All MMI functions are easily accessed by the driver and front passenger through a central control button that can be turned or pressed, and permanently assigned function keys on the dashboard. The standard Q7 3.6 offers a basic MMI system with a monochrome dot-matrix screen. The Q7 3.6 Premium and all 4.2 models are equipped with an enhanced Advanced MMI system with a color-TFT screen.