The less costly Q7 – the 3.0 TDI quattro 160kW – comes with the features common to both Q7s and the less powerful of the two engines.
Pay more for the Q7 3.0 TDI quattro 200kW, and apart from the added performance the most immediately obvious difference is in the leather used to trim the cabin. Audi calls it Cricket leather, and it is perforated and feels nicer than the leather in the 160kW.
The other major change is in the instrument panel. In the 200kW, the less costly car’s traditional and beautiful twin dials are replaced with a high-resolution, 12.3-inch LCD colour screen, which you can customise to display just the information you want. The display can be switched between a Classic view, with prominent speedometer and rev counter, and an Infotainment view, which brings functions such as navigation or media to the fore. You can change the view by pressing a button on the steering wheel.
The reversing camera is enhanced with a 360-degree view, which for example can help you avoid striking the wheels against kerbs when parking.
Finally, the Q7 200kW has all its lower extremities finished in the body colour, while the 160kW leaves these as unpainted back plastic.
As usual with Audi there is a big range of options available at extra cost. Among them are bigger wheels (up to 21-inch diameter), air suspension with adaptive dampers (which adjust the ride automatically for the conditions), better sound systems, a head-up instrument display, and front seats with heating, ventilation or a sports contour with extra side-bolstering.
Also optional at extra cost is an Assistance package that brings you several active driving aids. It includes Active cruise control (which can maintain a safe distance from the car in front on the highway, and can also hold your position automatically in stop-start traffic) and Traffic jam assist (which can steer the car automatically in stop-start traffic). The camera-and-radar based package also adds highway-speed auto emergency braking.