Audi Q7 e-tron 2015 Review – Costly to Buy, Cost Efficient on the Long Run

The Audi Q7 e-tron 2015 is a plug-in hybrid. This time it’s Audi’s turn to join in the hybrid market since others are also in it, namely Nissan and even Volvo. However, this comes to no surprise as the company is already expanding their e-tron family. This latest model is a large SUV which uses a 3.0-liter TDI diesel engine that supplies 254bhp which is mated to a 94kW electric motor. The Q7’s total power stands at 368bhp.

Audi Q7 e-tron 2015 Review – Costly to Buy, Cost Efficient on the Long Run

The Audi Q7 e-tron 2015 is a Well-Engineered Package

When you look at the Audi Q7 e-tron 2015 from the outside, you would be hard-pressed to see the difference from the standard Q7. However, there are subtle badges on the wings and on the bootlid. Aside from the additional filler cap, and these minimal changes, it is all the same.

This story is also the same when looking at the inside. The cabin is based on the SE, the Q7 e-tron 2015 gets a luxurious interior that has touches of leather here and there. All the usual precision-engineered switches and buttons can also be found in the cabin. The Audi TT’s virtual cockpit can also be found in all Q7 e-tron’s. But these features does very little to justify its premium price tag.

This SUV weighs 2.5-tons which is 450-kilograms heavier than the 3.0 TDI. The added weight is due to the additional hybrid components. To realize these efficiency claims, you need regular access to a charge point. It will take about two-and-a-half hours to a full-charge but that is on a fast charger. If it’s connected to a domestic socket, then it will take about eight hours.

Despite its larger size, it’s also a quieter than a supermini. When in EV mode, the car is eerily silent. Even when on the motorway, you will only suffer the slightest noise from the 20-inch wheels. This comfort is added with the plush leather seats inside the cabin.

The extra weight can indeed be felt, which would result in the car to be not as playful as a standard vehicle. Body roll is made to be kept largely in check, but when you push the vehicle harder then it becomes increasingly harder to control. The regenerative brakes tend to feel overactive and the steering does feel a bit light.

The Audi Q7 e-tron 2015 is unlikely to cost more fuel than a standard 3.0-liter TDI engine, even without the batteries. It is still able to drive well, but it is not without its set of flaws. This means that the real selling point for this vehicle is its price.

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