TECHNOLOGY lovers and families alike will appreciate Audi’s latest model, the Q7 e-tron which combines the ample size of an SUV with the efficiency of a diesel electric plug-in.
The powerful hybrid features Audi’s most advanced technology, with an anticipatory sat-nav system that knows when a built-up area is approaching and adapts its power sources in advance, whilst factoring in traffic conditions and switching seamlessly between its diesel, electric and hybrid modes.
It’s a heavy vehicle at almost 2.5 tonnes but with a total of 369bhp, 516lb of torque, 3.0 litre VG diesel engine, and a 34 mile EV range, driving is a smooth affair with a settled, light steering making the weight easy to forget.
A vibrating engine nullifies typical diesel vibes and keeps outside noise to an absolute minimum, while an efficient heating system uses the car’s own electrical activity to save power and increase the EV range.
Coming in at a relatively steep £65,000 (€92,000) the e-tron will be available this month in the UK, and also features a top speed of 135mph, eight speed automatic gearbox, and a combined economy of 166.2mpg, it represents decent value for money with all the quality you’d expect from an Audi.