Cars.com experts walk you through the 2009 Audi Q7 TDI and its important new features.
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2009 Audi Q7 TDI Review
Hi, I'm Bill Jackson and we’re here with the 2009 Audi Q7. It’s a luxury SUV and there was a time when there weren’t that many luxury SUVs on the market. Now though there are tons and they all have their own personality. We’re going to walk you through some of the features of the Q7, something things that are really suited well for the luxury market as well as one of two things that aren’t so great.
Now we have the diesel version of the Q7 and that’s kind of a mixed bag. One thing about all these was I found anyway is, first thing in the morning when I’m just waking up, they’re a little more loud than the gasoline engine but even later in the day, one thing I was always in is that you get a little more engine noise than I think your average luxury buyer would want. So if you're considering the diesel version, pay attention to that one when you test drive.
Now, the good side is this car has a lot of power, it’s very easy to live with on the highway, passing is very easy to do and that’s a good thing. Another thing that I found, the more you drove the Q7 that I really like is that you know this is a large free wheel crossover. It actually feels a lot smaller. It feels more narrow and it’s easier to drive around the city in part also another good thing.
Another thing that’s getting to be really common in the luxury market is an advance audio and navigations system. The Audi is no exception. One thing when I was first confirmed with this, I mean there's a lot of buttons and knobs and switches to use the system. But the more I used it and the more I looked at the owner’s manual, the easier I found it, so I think its one of those things that usually owned the car and you're the person driving it, it just gets easier enough that you can use it pretty fluently.
The one thing I would say is because Audi tends to use lot of buttons for there system. A lot of times I found it were easier to just pull off, go to the side of the road, input what I needed to do and then go back to driving. Now like we said, this is a three-row crossover and even with the third row up you have decent cargo room not making a mistake. You're not going to take the family on vacation with all the suitcases back here but it’s so pretty good space.
The other thing that’s nice is it’s very easy to fold this third row over, release the headrest, fold, and then you're left with a huge cargo area. Now, I'm not a golfer but I'm willing to bet that you can carry three golf bags in here pretty easily and as well as a bag or two. Now the last thing about the third row is once you're actually able to get back here it is tiny. So don’t think about anybody, the kids sitting back here.
Now we don’t have enough time to run through all of the features that the Q7 has things like the multiple zone climate control, the parking sensors. But I’d say it has a good mix of amenities that the luxury buyer is used to. But overall, what I'm left with is the good sense of power it had on the highway and the fact that it’s doesn’t feel as big as it is. It’s actually easy to live with. I think that makes it a strong competitor in the luxury field.