The all-new Audi Q7 reviewed

The all-new Audi Q7 reviewed

Aimed fairly and squarely at company rival BMW, the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro S Line will be in the showrooms later this year. This car is the model Audi hopes will sell better than BMW's X5 and the new packaging does look good, with some dramatic improvements over the old Q7.

David Hanna, Audi UK regional fleet manger, said: "I'm confident they will be delighted with the new car, but class-leading fuel economy and CO2 performance plus an 8% reduction in BIK are certain to drive a stronger fleet mix. Our view is that corporate registrations will grow from 50% to 65% of sales, because we are sure this vehicle will be of particular appeal to the SME driver who has a large family and wants practical transport that is also sophisticated and comes with a great driving experience."

Audi has shaved 240kg from the weight but the seven-seater still looks big and chunky. The car has a new and powerful diesel engine and its eight-speed automatic transmission has been overhauled, meaning that the new model delivers a quiet but refined performance.

The car is slimmer and shorter than the old version, but bigger inside. There is more headroom in the front and second-row seats, and access has also been improved. As you would expect from the company, the standard of finish in the cabin is immaculate and the standard equipment is mind-boggling, including four-zone climate control, electrically-controlled third-row seating, privacy glass, and sweeping rear indicators. The technology on display has all-weather LED headlamps, front and rear parking sensors and hill descent control.