The 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro is just the proof that everything can happen now even in automotive scene. Audi, as one of popular and premium car manufacturer, has done something incredible into this automotive world. Perhaps, this automaker looked for the least-populated area that was never touched yet by other competitors. They combine a plug-in hybrid system to involve and include diesel engine among them. This might ever be done by Volvo yet with its V60 PHEV in Europe, but it wasn’t like what Audi did with the all-electric variants.
According to our test drive, the 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro doesn’t give the same manner as its brother, the SQ7. However, it is speedy and quick on any road manner. Although we just carry on this segment, the new Q7 has good prospect in the class especially for those who look for fast SUV with diesel engine. For your information, it is able to go far around 800 miles before we replenish the tank in a gas station once again. The tank has 19.8 gallon capacity, which is profitable enough for us. Its capability with the plug-in hybrid engine adds extra points surely.
After we found out the how much gallon and miles that we can take on the 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro allows us to measure how strong its battery. Carrying a 17.3 kWh battery pack under its cargo that prevents this SUV to have 3-row seats doesn’t preclude the 2017 Q7 from getting 34 miles of electric-engine-only mode. Thanks to the e-tron formula by Audi that always combines the internal-combustion of diesel engine and 8-speed automatic transmission by the way. The supply to the electric motor can be gained via that transmission obviously.
Unfortunately, the 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro cannot recharge the battery while the engine is working. After the battery is running out, this e-tron isn’t special anymore. It turns to be a hybrid car with large battery under the cargo bay. According to official specs, the battery packs only allows 445 pounds of weight after all. However, this pack does have regenerative braking although not much cell will be back. The Hold mode is one of our favorite to save much juice.
It didn’t take a long journey to give our opinion about 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro after several miles we have conducted on the road. Overall, this new Q7 doesn’t provide the best acceleration like the SQ7. In other words, it lacks of lateral and longitudinal movement because of the big and large electric motor plus the battery pack. The cornering is also not the best in the class. It does have fast run. But still, it cannot defeat what SQ7 could do on the same road. Having fat body may aid some drivers who don’t like to ride on rough surfaces. However, they have to deal with excessive bumpers of 2017 Q7 after all. Otherwise, the Q7 e-tron is built for another purpose and another driver that only them who know what the best is for themselves.