If you're looking for a large, luxurious crossover that doesn't pretend to be something it's not, the 2012 Audi Q7 may be your answer. Doing away with almost any pretense of off-road ruggedness in favor of on-road comfort and capability, the Q7 is luxurious, spacious, and, to many eyes, attractive.
With an available seven-seat configuration and more length than its platform mates, the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, the Q7 cuts a slightly different figure--and fits a different need. Following in Audi's mold of conservative, understated styling--aside, perhaps, from the bold front end--the Q7 also fits a different style. Inside, ample leather and wood give a warm feeling to the typical German interior design.
Power is available in several forms, including a V-6 TDI diesel that generates 225 horsepower but a stout 406 pound-feet of torque and manages 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. A pair of supercharged V-6 gasoline engines are also available for those with a greater need for...