2017 Audi Q7: Driving The Only New SUV With All-Wheel Steering Page 3

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The 2017 Audi Q7, like most of its luxury-badged, three-row rivals, is loaded with active-safety and connectivity technology; keeps its occupants ensconced in a comfortable, secure cabin; and has all the tough, all-weather capability most families would ever want for the weekend ski trip.

The Q7 might save you from yourself

The Q7 has a tremendous amount of active-safety features built in. Among the ones you might not encounter in other luxury vehicles is Turn Assist, a feature that will scan oncoming traffic and actually save you from yourself if you try turn left at what it judges to be an inopportune time. The other is Vehicle Exit Assist—essentially a feature that scans traffic on the left and keeps you from opening the door when a vehicle is approaching (or “dooring” a cyclist).

The Q7’s sumptuous cabin appointments, which are now warm and curvaceous and feel influenced by modern (or retro-mod) furniture, even play a part in the communication, with light piping that flashes brightly (or blinks) to the relative threat level—with the exit assist, for example.

Packaging has been rejiggered. in the Q7, with the second and third rows both placed farther back within the cabin and lowered slightly. Through some other packaging magic, including a somewhat thinner seat design, the Q7 makes some significant gains in passenger space. The lower cargo floor, enabled by better suspension packaging in the new platform, help bump cargo space behind the third row up to 14.8 cubic feet. Yet in seat folding, Audi should take a long look at its Japanese and American luxury rivals, as this one offers neither convenient one-hand operation nor a space-maximizing layout that tucks the second row completely forward or down.

Audi has topped off this top-notch cabin ambience with some old-fashioned noise insulation and smart sealing throughout; they’ve managed to pull off such a quiet cabin without the use of active noise cancellation technology.

Of course, inside, the Q7 offers the latest generation of the automaker’s Multi-Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system, here offering the best of both worlds with the freestanding screen plus the Audi Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster that made its debut in the TT. And here, each of those displays has its own equally fast and capable Nvidia Tegra 30 processor for lag-free operation and great search functionality.

Three-row utes don’t often bring a satisfied smile to your face during rapid driving on twisty two-laners; yet the Q7 breaks free of that third-row stigma. And it does so with plenty of tricks that parents are bound to appreciate.

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