What Changed for 2009:
- New 3.0 turbodiesel model with 50-state clean-diesel emissions arrives Q1 2009
- Optional S-line package on 3.0 TDI diesel with 21-inch wheels, 295/35 tires
- 3.6 model adds standard Audi premium sound system, Sirius satellite radio, and a trip computer
- Standard telescoping front sun visors on 3.6 Premium models
- Standard front parking sensors and rearview camera moved to 3.6 Premium Plus model
- Standard Audi side assist and voice recognition on 4.2 Premium models
- 4.2-liter V-8 engine receives Ultra Low Emission Vehicle rating, improved fuel economy
- MMI Advanced now optional on Q7 3.6 5-passenger model
- New 19-inch wheels optional
The Audi Q7 is a 7-passenger SUV. Now in its third 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 (all Q7 models lack 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 2009, Audi adds the Q7 turbodiesel model with a 221-hp, 3.0 TDI V-6 clean-diesel (50-states) engine. Other changes include standard equipment adjustments on 3.6 and 4.2 models, and the addition of new optional 19-inch alloy wheels. The equipment changes on the 3.6 Premium model result in a lower base price and improved value by nearly $1,000, according to Audi.
All 2009 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.Model Lineup
The 2009 Audi Q7 is offered in six models: 3.6, 3.6 Premium, 3.6 Premium Plus, 3.6 Prestige, 4.2 Prestige and new Q7 3.0 TDI (available in Q1 2009). 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 3.0 TDI V-6 engine offers clean-diesel power (50-state specifications). The designated Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige models feature a longer list of standard equipment and available options.
Standard features on all Audi Q7 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 Prestige model upgrades to Xenon plus headlamps and a Bose Premium Sound system with 14 speakers and 270 watts of output (also standard on 3.6 Premium Plus). A 50/50-split folding third-row seat is optional on the 3.6 models except the base, and standard on all 4.2 versions. Other standard equipment changes for 2009 include the addition of the Audi premium sound system, Sirius satellite radio, trip computer and telescoping front sun visors to the 3.6; telescoping front sun visors to the 3.6 Premium; front parking sensors and rearview camera are now standard on the 3.6 Premium Plus; the 4.2 Prestige model adds Audi side assist and voice recognition (with adaptive light discontinued); and the 4.2 V8 receives an Ultra-Low-Emission-Vehicle (ULEV) rating and improved fuel economy (+1 mpg).
Standard wheels on all 3.6 models are 18-inch, 5-double-spoke with all-season tires. The 4.2 Prestige model features standard 20-inch, 5-double-spoke bi-color wheels. Optional new 19-inch, and 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels are still available on all 3.6 Premium Plus and Prestige models.Powertrain
Audi offers three different powerplants in the 2009 Q7. All-new for 2009 is the 3.0 TDI V-6 engine. It is a clean diesel that meets emission requirements in all 50 states. Audi says the engine will offer 221 hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque and provide around 25 mpg highway fuel economy with a range of 600+ miles. Standard on the Q7 3.6 is a direct-injection, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 280 hp at 6200 rpm and 266 lb.-ft. of torque at 2750 rpm. Mated to Audi's standard Tiptronic 6-speed automatic transmission, 2009 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 at 6800 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. of torque at 3500 rpm. Offered with the same electronically controlled Tiptronic 6-speed automatic transmission (with slightly different gearing), its 2009 EPA fuel-economy estimates are 13 mpg city/18 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. Audi adaptive air suspension, with five suspension settings, is optional on the 4.2 Prestige model. Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control are standard across the Q7 model range.Safety
The rigid occupant cell of the 2009 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 head 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. Side air bags are optional for second-row rear passengers. The Lower Anchorage and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system is standard in all rear seating positions including the third row. ABS and electronic stability control are also standard across the board.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), the 2009 Audi Q7 receives 5-star ratings in both frontal- and side-impact testing for both driver and passenger. The Q7 receives a 4-star rollover rating from the agency. The 2009 Q7 has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
), but the 2008 model was a "Top Safety Pick," with "Good" performance in front, side and rear tests and standard electronic stability control.Technology
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) Advanced. It features a TFT color, high-resolution 7-inch screen. It is standard on all models except the standard Q7 3.6 5-passenger version, where it is an available option. The MMI is designed as a single hub for the entertainment, communication, information and control systems of the vehicle. On the Q7, it has the ability to 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. To simplify use, function keys on the dashboard may be permanently assigned to reduce the amount of keystrokes to reach specific screens or information. Other standard or available technology items include Audi side assist and voice recognition, an advanced parking system with rearview camera
Available Trims for the 2009 Audi Q7 SUV
|3.6 5 Passenger (Tiptronic)
||6 speed automatic
|| 280-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl
|3.6 Premium (Tiptronic)
||6 speed automatic
|| 280-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl
|3.0 TDI (Tiptronic)
||6 speed automatic
|| 221-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl
|4.2 Prestige (Tiptronic)
||6 speed automatic
|| 350-hp / 4.2L 8-cyl
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