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Audi Q7 range gets cheaper entry-level model

By Ryan Lewis, 16 Mar 2016 Car News

Audi Q7 range gets cheaper entry-level model

Audi has released a less-expensive Q7, bringing entry into the luxo SUV below the $100,000 mark.

Priced from $96,300, the Audi Q7 is now slightly more accessible to those looking for an excellent seven-seater SUV.

Audi has brought the price down by trimming back the standard spec level. Most notably missing is Audi’s own Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display. Audi believes buyers will be willing to do without top tier tech for the cheaper asking price.

Power comes from the same 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 as seen in the 200kW Q7 released earlier, however power has dropped to create a further point of difference between the variants.

Audi Q7 rear side

The new entry-level model still provides 160kW and 500Nm which should still be plenty for most buyers. It is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. Fuel economy improves just slightly to 5.8L/100km. The ‘regular’ Q7 produces 200kW and 600Nm with fuel consumption at 5.9L/100km.

As with all Audis, plenty of optional extras are available. Q7 buyers who don’t want all standard equipment found in the 200kW model may decide to start with the 160kW and option in only their desired extras.

Options packages include: S Line Exterior Package for a sportier appearance, bigger wheels and LED headlights costs $8760; Assistance Package for adaptive cruise control and other traffic assists will set you back $4075; and Parking Assistance Package provides surround view cameras for the sum of $1300.

Audi Q7 Side

Other individual extras include a head-up display for $3400, Night Vision Assist to help drivers identify pedestrians and hazards in the dark for $5100 and Audi’s LED headlights on their own cost $5500.

Standard equipment in the 160kW model includes 19-inch alloy wheels, Audi’s multimedia interface with a motorised 7-inch screen, parking assistance with reversing camera, electrically adjustable seats, digital radio, and collision warning systems.