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$43,524
BASE MSRP
$46,800
On Performance
The TDI diesel version of the 2013 Audi Q7 is fun to drive and delivers great gas mileage, while fitting the Q7's easy-going character well.
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The supercharged V-6 is mostly a quiet hummer, but when you give it the boot, it sounds the business, emitting the same husky rumble of the S4 only a bit more muted.
Car and Driver

'acceleration is brisk' in TDI
Automobile

This engine (dubbed 3.0T, despite the fact that it has a supercharger, not a turbocharger) has an energetic nature that the burly V8 never had.
Edmunds

City streets are a breeze, and the freeway is relaxing to drive whether you're coasting with traffic or rushing to the airport.
MSN Autos

The low-output V6 is just that – less – but it proved adequate enough to get us up to triple-digit speeds on the autobahn with minimal fuss.
Autoblog

Three available engines, all sharing quattro all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, give the buyer a range of choice with the 2013 Audi Q7.

The base option, a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 rated at 280 horsepower, is potent enough to secure 7.7-second 0-60 mph times. Gas mileage is just 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway--not terrible for a full-size, three-row crossover, but not particularly impressive.

Upgrading to the 333-horsepower S line version of the supercharged V-6 comes at no gas mileage penalty, though it will cost $13,000 extra--but offers a wide range of upgrades to equipment, appearance, and other features. Audi says the S line Q7 is good for a 6.9-second 0-60 mph run.

The diesel Audi Q7 TDI's 3.0-liter turbocharged engine is a much milder $5,000 upgrade from the base model. The real story with the diesel, however, aside from the improved fuel efficiency, is the 407-pound-foot torque rating, which gives the big Q7 plenty of acceleration and pulling power, feeling as strong or stronger than the higher-power gasoline engines in most circumstances.

Whichever engine you choose, the Audi Q7 is surprisingly nimble for its size, driving more like a car than an SUV. Standard quattro all-wheel drive gives the Q7 good all-weather capability and dependable traction in general. The power steering is well-weighted and confident, with better feedback than you'll find in some sedans. Ride quality is very good, thanks to the suspension design and air ride system, which allows the driver to select comfort, dynamic, or automatic modes to suit the mood and road conditions.

Conclusion

The TDI diesel version of the 2013 Audi Q7 is fun to drive and delivers great gas mileage, while fitting the Q7's easy-going character well.

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