Full tank #1. Audi Q7 test

Volvo showcased the V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race in Moscow with a run of 3,000 vehicles. €100 from the sale of each will go towards the Volvo Ocean Race Science Program, which aims to study the extent of ocean pollution and its impact on the ecosystem. The model is distinguished by the lower part of the body, painted in gray with small orange accents, looks very interesting live. There are also differences in the rims, which are marked Ocean Race, and the interior with small orange inserts and also Ocean Race logos. Although the company showed the car in Russia, we do not plan to sell this version, which is a pity, I think many people would like it.

Volvo also launched a new long-term car rental service for entrepreneurs and business owners in Russia — Volvo Car Rent. The scheme offered by Volvo differs from leasing and is more similar to a classic car rental, since the car is on the company's balance from the very beginning of the contract until the end, with the subsequent return of the car and the resumption of the cycle. In addition, Volvo Car Rent includes a full service, which is not available when you rent a car. If suddenly you are interested in this offer, then you can learn more about it on the company's website.

Audi Q7 test

Today we tested the Audi Q7, a full-size SUV that can be considered the best in its class in terms of comfort and handling.

If the previous Audi Q7 was a brutal full-size SUV, then in the new model the company decided to step aside a bit and made the car more family-friendly, which from some angles looks more like a minivan than a large SUV. Yes, with the release of the new Q7, the company lost part of its former audience, but it attracted the attention of new potential buyers, family people who need a big car for every day, in which you can easily put children, throw bicycles and other things into the trunk and comfortably go on the road.

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For car owners with children, Q7 did a lot. The first thing you notice is the child lock buttons on the driver's side door. Those who remembered on the go about the need to lock the doors, parked on the side of the road and jumped out to block them, they will understand me how convenient it is to do this by pressing one button without leaving the salon. The second point is the ability to install three child seats in the back seat, to be honest, I met this option for the first time, and, in my opinion, this is very cool. The third is the care with which the ISOFIX mounts are made in the back row, the locks are not hidden under a plastic plug and are not recessed into the seat cushions, but are hidden under a small soft roller that simply comes unfastened, and the seats are installed without any difficulties. And, fourthly, optionally, a third row of seats can be installed in the new Q7, however, this will reduce the volume of the trunk when they are laid out, but if there is such a need, then Audi makes it possible to order this option. And the fifth point is the ionization of air in the front and rear of the cabin and, of course, four-zone climate control.

Well, the children were seated, the luggage was put, and there is more than enough space for him in the new Q7, 890 liters are no joke, there is a stroller, a bicycle, and a couple of suitcases, now you can fit into the driver's seat sit down. I was able to ride the Q7 with two front seat options, in one case they were comfortable seats, and in the second they were sports. Both seat options are good, but I liked the sports ones more, as they allow you to tighten the sidewalls, which securely bind you in their arms. Comfortable seats are more imposing, suitable for people of large build, besides they are equipped with massage, but I personally did not appreciate this option, perhaps it is good, but apparently you can feel the effect only on very long trips. In both versions, the front seats are equipped with heating, but ventilation is available only for comfort seats.

The design of the front panel, without a clear division into zones, we have seen in other Audi cars, but in the Q7 this solution does not visually add space, unlike the same Audi A5, since there is already enough space in the SUV. There are no questions about the quality of materials and assembly, where it is necessary - leather, where it is necessary - metal and high-quality plastic, visual and tactile sensations are completely the same, in this regard, the Germans, of course, well done.

The Audi virtual cockpit was installed in the test car, and once again I will say that the panel is no worse than the analog one and is perfectly readable in any light, and also provides a lot of additional features for the comfort of drivers. For example, you can display a map on it and see the route without being distracted by the main screen, you can manage calls or playlists, and quickly set up active-cruise control. In general, the virtual panel provides more options and comfort for the driver than the analog one. Of course, our Q7 was also equipped with a projection screen, a feature that has become quite familiar now and comfortable, as it does not distract you from the road. In Audi, the projection can display speed, navigation system tips and information about the work of the driver's assistant, but, for example, the car can read signs, but for some reason it does not show them in Russia.

The head system of the MMI Navigation plus test vehicle with MMI touch is equipped with an 8.3-inch pop-up IPS display. At first, managing the system may seem inconvenient to you, but once you get used to it a little, you can use it without any problems at any time. I will outline the main points: the elbow rests on the armrest, the palm rests on the gear lever, which is specially made low and has a large upper platform, and under your fingers you have a control washer. A little further than the puck is the touchpad, from which you can handwrite information, and above it are 8 keys for quick access to system options. In general, this system is already in the restyled Q7, which will be released tentatively this year, will retire, and a new one will take its place, which we can see today in such Audi models as the A8, Q8, A7 and Q3. The new system uses two touchscreens with haptic feedback, similar to the 3D Touch in the iPhone, and yes, the current convenient climate unit will go into oblivion, and the display will also take its place. Personally, I find the current system convenient, yes, someone might say that it lacks a touch screen, but it's not so scary, and besides, you don't need to wipe the screen after some time after working with it.

In Q7, you can connect and synchronize two mobile phones at the same time, there are two USB connectors in the armrest, as well as a platform for wireless charging devices according to the Qi standard. The head system supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so you can listen to your music through familiar services and use alternative navigation programs. The only disadvantage of these systems is the superficial integration into the car system, all actions are performed only from the main screen, which is not as convenient as in the case of built-in systems, the same navigation. Yes, you can connect an iPhone to the system and use CarPlay wirelessly, while Android requires a cable.

Our car also had an Audi connect system with its own LTE modem, which, when installed with a SIM card, allows you to receive data for the navigation system, broadcast information about the weather and about the necessary points along the route, news from the DW.com website, and also work as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Some Audi connect services, unfortunately, are not available in Russia, for example, remote control of the car and inquiries about its condition, as well as online streaming are not available.

Speaking about the Audi Q7, of course, it is worth mentioning the auxiliary systems of the car, of which there are a huge number, not all of them are available in the basic configuration, but they can always be completed with packages or separately. There is an adaptive cruise control that can maintain the distance to the car in front, a traffic jam assistant that works at speeds up to 60 km / h, a lane keeping assistant, which does not work everywhere in Russia, since we have markings if and is, it is not always clearly visible. Also worth noting is the Audi pre sense front system, which can prevent a frontal collision and which can partially or completely brake the car and operates at speeds up to 250 km/h. This also includes an emergency maneuvering system that intervenes in the process of driving, helping the driver to avoid an obstacle. Separately, I would like to say about the Audi pre sense rear system, which scans the space behind the car and, in the event of an emergency, automatically closes the windows and sunroof and tightens the driver and passenger belts, such preparation for a collision that can help save lives in case of an accident. I encountered the operation of this system during the Audi Q5 test, not to say that these were pleasant seconds, but it’s better that way, since everything worked out in my case, but the system worked and prepared for the worst. These assistants and assistants will be useful to the driver not only in the city, but also on the highway, so that a long journey is not only comfortable, but also safe.

For long trips, a night vision system that uses a thermal imager to identify pedestrians and highlight them on the screen of the virtual instrument panel. If this function is not very useful in the city, then on a dark road it can help to avoid a collision. You can also add optional Audi Matrix headlights with an intelligent LED system that analyzes the surrounding environment using data from the camera, sensors, navigation system. LEDs turn on and off in a split second, there is a dimming headlight. Honestly, I did not notice the cardinal differences between the Audi Matrix headlights and the usual LED headlights of my car, perhaps I had to drive more at night on roads without lighting to understand the benefits of Audi technology.

You must have noticed that at the beginning of the article I said about the Audi Q7 as a car for every day. Residents of big cities may object that there is no such colossus for every day, but I note that despite the fact that the car is large, you feel comfortable on it not only on the highway, but also in the city.The Audi Q7 model is rather big, almost two meters wide (1986 mm), and a little more than five meters long (5052 mm), despite this, the car is very maneuverable, largely due to the controlled rear suspension, which improves dynamics and increases driving comfort due to changing the angle of the direction of the rear wheels. At low speeds, steer occurs in the opposite direction to that in which the front wheels are turning, which allows for a tighter turning radius. At higher speeds, steer is in the same direction as the front wheels, resulting in more responsive steering as well as vehicle dynamics and directional stability. For example, in a garage from my parking space in a regular car, I leave in one go, on large ones, for example, Mazda CX-9 or the same new Infiniti QX50, you need to maneuver, but on a five-meter Q7 you leave immediately without any problems. Also in the city, for parallel parking in length you will certainly need more than 5 meters of space, but the headroom in front and behind may be less than is usually necessary for such a large car, since the Q7 will allow you to enter and exit without problems , even if there is not much space.

Of course, the car also has assistants for automatic parking, and not only in parallel, but also in reverse, so if you are not sure of yourself, then the robot will come to your aid. True, I don’t really like automatic parking, when parallel parking the system takes too much radius, in narrow streets it often tries to climb onto the sidewalk, but it always tells you exactly whether there is enough space for parking or not. In addition to automatic parking, the car also has parking sensors in a circle, front and rear cameras and 360 ° cameras. In the Moscow winter conditions, the cameras get dirty once or twice, so you should wipe them before each trip, there are no washers for them here.

And now about the main thing in the car, how it rides, and it rides wonderfully, in terms of comfort and handling, the Audi Q7 can be called the best in its class. Set the “Comfort” mode, the air suspension lifts the car, and you don’t drive on broken roads, but float. You drive out onto the highway, select the “Dynamic” mode, the car drops a little, the reactions to pressing the gas change, the steering becomes sharper, and you seem to be driving not a large SUV, but some kind of sedan. In the cabin, even at high speeds, peace and quiet are preserved, no tricky systems were made for this Audi, sound insulation and double side windows, that's the whole secret. Yes, if you want maximum comfort from the Audi Q7, then put the wheels no more than 21 ", since on 22" you will already feel the fifth point of small bumps in the roadway.

In Russia, only one three-liter diesel engine with a capacity of 249 horsepower is offered for the Audi Q7, which provides optimal dynamics for such a car and is notable for its small appetite. So, on a car that has already traveled more than 10,000 km, I had an average consumption in mixed mode of 9.5 liters, on a fresh car with a mileage of 600 km, it fluctuated around 11-12 liters.

The price of the Audi Q7 starts from 4 million rubles, more interesting options with a good head system, comfortable seats, a virtual dashboard can already be purchased for 5 million. If you want to get the Q7 in the maximum configuration, then such cars will already cost under 7 million rubles. If you're looking for a full-size SUV for a $5 million family, then I recommend you take a look at the Audi Q7, sit in the car, take a test drive, maybe you'll like it as much as I do. If you want something more aggressive and sporty, then the Audi Q8 has entered the market, in orange it is a miracle how good, but the prices for it are already higher than the Q7, by an average of 1.5 million, and the engine is offered only a three-liter gasoline 340 horsepower.

Full tank #1. Audi Q7 test

Volvo showcased the V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race in Moscow with a run of 3,000 vehicles. €100 from the sale of each will go towards the Volvo Ocean Race Science Program, which aims to study the extent of ocean pollution and its impact on the ecosystem. The model is distinguished by the lower part of the body, painted in gray with small orange accents, looks very interesting live. There are also differences in the rims, which are marked Ocean Race, and the interior with small orange inserts and also Ocean Race logos. Although the company showed the car in Russia, we do not plan to sell this version, which is a pity, I think many people would like it.

Volvo also launched a new long-term car rental service for entrepreneurs and business owners in Russia — Volvo Car Rent. The scheme offered by Volvo differs from leasing and is more similar to a classic car rental, since the car is on the company's balance from the very beginning of the contract until the end, with the subsequent return of the car and the resumption of the cycle. In addition, Volvo Car Rent includes a full service, which is not available when you rent a car. If suddenly you are interested in this offer, then you can learn more about it on the company's website.

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Today we tested the Audi Q7, a full-size SUV that can be considered the best in its class in terms of comfort and handling.

If the previous Audi Q7 was a brutal full-size SUV, then in the new model the company decided to step aside a bit and made the car more family-friendly, which from some angles looks more like a minivan than a large SUV. Yes, with the release of the new Q7, the company lost part of its former audience, but it attracted the attention of new potential buyers, family people who need a big car for every day, in which you can easily put children, throw bicycles and other things into the trunk and comfortably go on the road.

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For car owners with children, Q7 did a lot. The first thing you notice is the child lock buttons on the driver's side door. Those who remembered on the go about the need to lock the doors, parked on the side of the road and jumped out to block them, they will understand me how convenient it is to do this by pressing one button without leaving the salon. The second point is the ability to install three child seats in the back seat, to be honest, I met this option for the first time, and, in my opinion, this is very cool. The third is the care with which the ISOFIX mounts are made in the back row, the locks are not hidden under a plastic plug and are not recessed into the seat cushions, but are hidden under a small soft roller that simply comes unfastened, and the seats are installed without any difficulties. And, fourthly, optionally, a third row of seats can be installed in the new Q7, however, this will reduce the volume of the trunk when they are laid out, but if there is such a need, then Audi makes it possible to order this option. And the fifth point is the ionization of air in the front and rear of the cabin and, of course, four-zone climate control.

Well, the children were seated, the luggage was put, and there is more than enough space for him in the new Q7, 890 liters are no joke, there is a stroller, a bicycle, and a couple of suitcases, now you can fit into the driver's seat sit down. I was able to ride the Q7 with two front seat options, in one case they were comfortable seats, and in the second they were sports. Both seat options are good, but I liked the sports ones more, as they allow you to tighten the sidewalls, which securely bind you in their arms. Comfortable seats are more imposing, suitable for people of large build, besides they are equipped with massage, but I personally did not appreciate this option, perhaps it is good, but apparently you can feel the effect only on very long trips. In both versions, the front seats are equipped with heating, but ventilation is available only for comfort seats.

The design of the front panel, without a clear division into zones, we have seen in other Audi cars, but in the Q7 this solution does not visually add space, unlike the same Audi A5, since there is already enough space in the SUV. There are no questions about the quality of materials and assembly, where it is necessary - leather, where it is necessary - metal and high-quality plastic, visual and tactile sensations are completely the same, in this regard, the Germans, of course, well done.

The Audi virtual cockpit was installed in the test car, and once again I will say that the panel is no worse than the analog one and is perfectly readable in any light, and also provides a lot of additional features for the comfort of drivers. For example, you can display a map on it and see the route without being distracted by the main screen, you can manage calls or playlists, and quickly set up active-cruise control. In general, the virtual panel provides more options and comfort for the driver than the analog one. Of course, our Q7 was also equipped with a projection screen, a feature that has become quite familiar now and comfortable, as it does not distract you from the road. In Audi, the projection can display speed, navigation system tips and information about the work of the driver's assistant, but, for example, the car can read signs, but for some reason it does not show them in Russia.

The head system of the MMI Navigation plus test vehicle with MMI touch is equipped with an 8.3-inch pop-up IPS display. At first, managing the system may seem inconvenient to you, but once you get used to it a little, you can use it without any problems at any time. I will outline the main points: the elbow rests on the armrest, the palm rests on the gear lever, which is specially made low and has a large upper platform, and under your fingers you have a control washer. A little further than the puck is the touchpad, from which you can handwrite information, and above it are 8 keys for quick access to system options. In general, this system is already in the restyled Q7, which will be released tentatively this year, will retire, and a new one will take its place, which we can see today in such Audi models as the A8, Q8, A7 and Q3. The new system uses two touchscreens with haptic feedback, similar to the 3D Touch in the iPhone, and yes, the current convenient climate unit will go into oblivion, and the display will also take its place. Personally, I find the current system convenient, yes, someone might say that it lacks a touch screen, but it's not so scary, and besides, you don't need to wipe the screen after some time after working with it.

In Q7, you can connect and synchronize two mobile phones at the same time, there are two USB connectors in the armrest, as well as a platform for wireless charging devices according to the Qi standard. The head system supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so you can listen to your music through familiar services and use alternative navigation programs. The only disadvantage of these systems is the superficial integration into the car system, all actions are performed only from the main screen, which is not as convenient as in the case of built-in systems, the same navigation. Yes, you can connect an iPhone to the system and use CarPlay wirelessly, while Android requires a cable.

Our car also had an Audi connect system with its own LTE modem, which, when installed with a SIM card, allows you to receive data for the navigation system, broadcast information about the weather and about the necessary points along the route, news from the DW.com website, and also work as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Some Audi connect services, unfortunately, are not available in Russia, for example, remote control of the car and inquiries about its condition, as well as online streaming are not available.

Speaking about the Audi Q7, of course, it is worth mentioning the auxiliary systems of the car, of which there are a huge number, not all of them are available in the basic configuration, but they can always be completed with packages or separately. There is an adaptive cruise control that can maintain the distance to the car in front, a traffic jam assistant that works at speeds up to 60 km / h, a lane keeping assistant, which does not work everywhere in Russia, since we have markings if and is, it is not always clearly visible. Also worth noting is the Audi pre sense front system, which can prevent a frontal collision and which can partially or completely brake the car and operates at speeds up to 250 km/h. This also includes an emergency maneuvering system that intervenes in the process of driving, helping the driver to avoid an obstacle. Separately, I would like to say about the Audi pre sense rear system, which scans the space behind the car and, in the event of an emergency, automatically closes the windows and sunroof and tightens the driver and passenger belts, such preparation for a collision that can help save lives in case of an accident. I encountered the operation of this system during the Audi Q5 test, not to say that these were pleasant seconds, but it’s better that way, since everything worked out in my case, but the system worked and prepared for the worst. These assistants and assistants will be useful to the driver not only in the city, but also on the highway, so that a long journey is not only comfortable, but also safe.

For long trips, a night vision system that uses a thermal imager to identify pedestrians and highlight them on the screen of the virtual instrument panel. If this function is not very useful in the city, then on a dark road it can help to avoid a collision. You can also add optional Audi Matrix headlights with an intelligent LED system that analyzes the surrounding environment using data from the camera, sensors, navigation system. LEDs turn on and off in a split second, there is a dimming headlight. Honestly, I did not notice the cardinal differences between the Audi Matrix headlights and the usual LED headlights of my car, perhaps I had to drive more at night on roads without lighting to understand the benefits of Audi technology.

You must have noticed that at the beginning of the article I said about the Audi Q7 as a car for every day. Residents of big cities may object that there is no such colossus for every day, but I note that despite the fact that the car is large, you feel comfortable on it not only on the highway, but also in the city.The Audi Q7 model is rather big, almost two meters wide (1986 mm), and a little more than five meters long (5052 mm), despite this, the car is very maneuverable, largely due to the controlled rear suspension, which improves dynamics and increases driving comfort due to changing the angle of the direction of the rear wheels. At low speeds, steer occurs in the opposite direction to that in which the front wheels are turning, which allows for a tighter turning radius. At higher speeds, steer is in the same direction as the front wheels, resulting in more responsive steering as well as vehicle dynamics and directional stability. For example, in a garage from my parking space in a regular car, I leave in one go, on large ones, for example, Mazda CX-9 or the same new Infiniti QX50, you need to maneuver, but on a five-meter Q7 you leave immediately without any problems. Also in the city, for parallel parking in length you will certainly need more than 5 meters of space, but the headroom in front and behind may be less than is usually necessary for such a large car, since the Q7 will allow you to enter and exit without problems , even if there is not much space.

Of course, the car also has assistants for automatic parking, and not only in parallel, but also in reverse, so if you are not sure of yourself, then the robot will come to your aid. True, I don’t really like automatic parking, when parallel parking the system takes too much radius, in narrow streets it often tries to climb onto the sidewalk, but it always tells you exactly whether there is enough space for parking or not. In addition to automatic parking, the car also has parking sensors in a circle, front and rear cameras and 360 ° cameras. In the Moscow winter conditions, the cameras get dirty once or twice, so you should wipe them before each trip, there are no washers for them here.

And now about the main thing in the car, how it rides, and it rides wonderfully, in terms of comfort and handling, the Audi Q7 can be called the best in its class. Set the “Comfort” mode, the air suspension lifts the car, and you don’t drive on broken roads, but float. You drive out onto the highway, select the “Dynamic” mode, the car drops a little, the reactions to pressing the gas change, the steering becomes sharper, and you seem to be driving not a large SUV, but some kind of sedan. In the cabin, even at high speeds, peace and quiet are preserved, no tricky systems were made for this Audi, sound insulation and double side windows, that's the whole secret. Yes, if you want maximum comfort from the Audi Q7, then put the wheels no more than 21 ", since on 22" you will already feel the fifth point of small bumps in the roadway.

In Russia, only one three-liter diesel engine with a capacity of 249 horsepower is offered for the Audi Q7, which provides optimal dynamics for such a car and is notable for its small appetite. So, on a car that has already traveled more than 10,000 km, I had an average consumption in mixed mode of 9.5 liters, on a fresh car with a mileage of 600 km, it fluctuated around 11-12 liters.

The price of the Audi Q7 starts from 4 million rubles, more interesting options with a good head system, comfortable seats, a virtual dashboard can already be purchased for 5 million. If you want to get the Q7 in the maximum configuration, then such cars will already cost under 7 million rubles. If you're looking for a full-size SUV for a $5 million family, then I recommend you take a look at the Audi Q7, sit in the car, take a test drive, maybe you'll like it as much as I do. If you want something more aggressive and sporty, then the Audi Q8 has entered the market, in orange it is a miracle how good, but the prices for it are already higher than the Q7, by an average of 1.5 million, and the engine is offered only a three-liter gasoline 340 horsepower.

Full tank #1. Audi Q7 test

Volvo showcased the V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race in Moscow with a run of 3,000 vehicles. €100 from the sale of each will go towards the Volvo Ocean Race Science Program, which aims to study the extent of ocean pollution and its impact on the ecosystem. The model is distinguished by the lower part of the body, painted in gray with small orange accents, looks very interesting live. There are also differences in the rims, which are marked Ocean Race, and the interior with small orange inserts and also Ocean Race logos. Although the company showed the car in Russia, we do not plan to sell this version, which is a pity, I think many people would like it.

Volvo also launched a new long-term car rental service for entrepreneurs and business owners in Russia — Volvo Car Rent. The scheme offered by Volvo differs from leasing and is more similar to a classic car rental, as the car is on the company's balance from the very beginning of the contract until the end, with the subsequent return of the car and the resumption of the cycle. In addition, Volvo Car Rent includes a full service, which is not available when you rent a car. If suddenly you are interested in this offer, then you can learn more about it on the company's website.

Audi Q7 test

Today we tested the Audi Q7, a full-size SUV that can be considered the best in its class in terms of comfort and handling.

If the previous Audi Q7 was a brutal full-size SUV, then in the new model the company decided to step aside a bit and made the car more family-friendly, which from some angles looks more like a minivan than a large SUV. Yes, with the release of the new Q7, the company lost part of its former audience, but it attracted the attention of new potential buyers, family people who need a big car for every day, in which you can easily put children, throw bicycles and other things into the trunk and comfortably go on the road.

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For car owners with children, Q7 did a lot. The first thing you notice is the child lock buttons on the driver's side door. Those who remembered on the go about the need to lock the doors, parked on the side of the road and jumped out to block them, they will understand me how convenient it is to do this by pressing one button without leaving the salon. The second point is the ability to install three child seats in the back seat, to be honest, I met this option for the first time, and, in my opinion, this is very cool. The third is the care with which the ISOFIX mounts are made in the back row, the locks are not hidden under a plastic plug and are not recessed into the seat cushions, but are hidden under a small soft roller that simply comes unfastened, and the seats are installed without any difficulties. And, fourthly, optionally, a third row of seats can be installed in the new Q7, however, this will reduce the volume of the trunk when they are laid out, but if there is such a need, then Audi makes it possible to order this option. And the fifth point is the ionization of air in the front and rear of the cabin and, of course, four-zone climate control.

The Audi virtual cockpit was installed in the test car, and once again I will say that the panel is no worse than the analog one and is perfectly readable in any light, and also provides a lot of additional features for the comfort of drivers. For example, you can display a map on it and see the route without being distracted by the main screen, you can manage calls or playlists, and quickly set up active-cruise control. In general, the virtual panel provides more options and comfort for the driver than the analog one. Of course, our Q7 was also equipped with a projection screen, a feature that has become quite familiar now and comfortable, as it does not distract you from the road. In Audi, the projection can display speed, navigation system tips and information about the work of the driver's assistant, but, for example, the car can read signs, but for some reason it does not show them in Russia.

The head system of the MMI Navigation plus test vehicle with MMI touch is equipped with an 8.3-inch pop-up IPS display. At first, managing the system may seem inconvenient to you, but once you get used to it a little, you can use it without any problems at any time. I will outline the main points: the elbow rests on the armrest, the palm rests on the gear lever, which is specially made low and has a large upper platform, and under your fingers you have a control washer. A little further than the puck is the touchpad, from which you can handwrite information, and above it are 8 keys for quick access to system options. In general, this system is already in the restyled Q7, which will be released tentatively this year, will retire, and a new one will take its place, which we can see today in such Audi models as the A8, Q8, A7 and Q3. The new system uses two touchscreens with haptic feedback, similar to the 3D Touch in the iPhone, and yes, the current convenient climate unit will go into oblivion, and the display will also take its place. Personally, I find the current system convenient, yes, someone might say that it lacks a touch screen, but it's not so scary, and besides, you don't need to wipe the screen after some time after working with it.

In Q7, you can connect and synchronize two mobile phones at the same time, there are two USB connectors in the armrest, as well as a platform for wireless charging devices according to the Qi standard. The head system supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so you can listen to your music through familiar services and use alternative navigation programs. The only disadvantage of these systems is the superficial integration into the car system, all actions are performed only from the main screen, which is not as convenient as in the case of built-in systems, the same navigation. Yes, you can connect an iPhone to the system and use CarPlay wirelessly, while Android requires a cable.

Our car also had an Audi connect system with its own LTE modem, which, when installed with a SIM card, allows you to receive data for the navigation system, broadcast information about the weather and about the necessary points along the route, news from the DW.com website, and also work as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Some Audi connect services, unfortunately, are not available in Russia, for example, remote control of the car and inquiries about its condition, as well as online streaming are not available.

Speaking about the Audi Q7, of course, it is worth mentioning the auxiliary systems of the car, of which there are a huge number, not all of them are available in the basic configuration, but they can always be completed with packages or separately. There is an adaptive cruise control that can maintain the distance to the car in front, a traffic jam assistant that works at speeds up to 60 km / h, a lane keeping assistant, which does not work everywhere in Russia, since we have markings if and is, it is not always clearly visible. Also worth noting is the Audi pre sense front system, which can prevent a frontal collision and which can partially or completely brake the car and operates at speeds up to 250 km/h. This also includes an emergency maneuvering system that intervenes in the process of driving, helping the driver to avoid an obstacle. Separately, I would like to say about the Audi pre sense rear system, which scans the space behind the car and, in the event of an emergency, automatically closes the windows and sunroof and tightens the driver and passenger belts, such preparation for a collision that can help save lives in case of an accident. I encountered the operation of this system during the Audi Q5 test, not to say that these were pleasant seconds, but it’s better that way, since everything worked out in my case, but the system worked and prepared for the worst. These assistants and assistants will be useful to the driver not only in the city, but also on the highway, so that a long journey is not only comfortable, but also safe.

For long trips, a night vision system that uses a thermal imager to identify pedestrians and highlight them on the screen of the virtual instrument panel. If in the city this function is not very useful, then on a dark road it can help to avoid a collision. You can also add optional Audi Matrix headlights with an intelligent LED system that analyzes the surrounding environment using data from the camera, sensors, navigation system. LEDs turn on and off in a fraction of a second, there is a dimming headlight. Honestly, I did not notice the cardinal differences between the Audi Matrix headlights and the usual LED headlights of my car, perhaps I had to drive more at night on roads without lighting to understand the benefits of Audi technology.

You must have noticed that at the beginning of the article I said about the Audi Q7 as a car for every day. Residents of big cities may object that there is no such colossus for every day, but I note that despite the fact that the car is large, you feel comfortable on it not only on the highway, but also in the city.The Audi Q7 model is rather big, almost two meters wide (1986 mm), and a little more than five meters long (5052 mm), despite this, the car is very maneuverable, largely due to the controlled rear suspension, which improves dynamics and increases driving comfort due to changing the angle of the direction of the rear wheels. At low speeds, steer occurs in the opposite direction to that in which the front wheels are turning, which allows for a tighter turning radius. At higher speeds, steer is in the same direction as the front wheels, resulting in more responsive steering as well as vehicle dynamics and directional stability. For example, in a garage from my parking space in a regular car, I leave in one go, on large ones, for example, Mazda CX-9 or the same new Infiniti QX50, you need to maneuver, but on a five-meter Q7 you leave immediately without any problems. Also in the city, for parallel parking in length you will certainly need more than 5 meters of space, but the headroom in front and behind may be less than is usually necessary for such a large car, since the Q7 will allow you to enter and exit without problems , even if there is not much space.

Of course, the car also has assistants for automatic parking, and not only in parallel, but also in reverse, so if you are not sure of yourself, then the robot will come to your aid. True, I don’t really like automatic parking, when parallel parking the system takes too much radius, in narrow streets it often tries to climb onto the sidewalk, but it always tells you exactly whether there is enough space for parking or not. In addition to automatic parking, the car also has parking sensors in a circle, front and rear cameras and 360 ° cameras. In the Moscow winter conditions, the cameras get dirty once or twice, so you should wipe them before each trip, there are no washers for them here.

And now about the main thing in the car, how it rides, and it rides wonderfully, in terms of comfort and handling, the Audi Q7 can be called the best in its class. Set the “Comfort” mode, the air suspension lifts the car, and you don’t drive on broken roads, but float. You drive out onto the highway, select the “Dynamic” mode, the car drops a little, the reactions to pressing the gas change, the steering becomes sharper, and you seem to be driving not a large SUV, but some kind of sedan. In the cabin, even at high speeds, peace and quiet are preserved, no tricky systems were made for this Audi, sound insulation and double side windows, that's the whole secret. Yes, if you want maximum comfort from the Audi Q7, then put the wheels no more than 21 ", since on 22" you will already feel the fifth point of small bumps in the roadway.

In Russia, only one three-liter diesel engine with a capacity of 249 horsepower is offered for the Audi Q7, which provides optimal dynamics for such a car and is notable for its small appetite. So, on a car that has already traveled more than 10,000 km, I had an average consumption in mixed mode of 9.5 liters, on a fresh car with a mileage of 600 km, it fluctuated around 11-12 liters.

The price of the Audi Q7 starts from 4 million rubles, more interesting options with a good head system, comfortable seats, a virtual dashboard can already be purchased for 5 million. If you want to get the Q7 in the maximum configuration, then such cars will already cost under 7 million rubles. If you're looking for a full-size SUV for a $5 million family, then I recommend you take a look at the Audi Q7, sit in the car, take a test drive, maybe you'll like it as much as I do. If you want something more aggressive and sporty, then the Audi Q8 has entered the market, in orange it is a miracle how good, but the prices for it are already higher than the Q7, by an average of 1.5 million, and the engine is offered only a three-liter gasoline 340 horsepower.

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For car owners with children, Q7 did a lot. The first thing you notice is the child lock buttons on the driver's side door. Those who remembered on the go about the need to lock the doors, parked on the side of the road and jumped out to block them, they will understand me how convenient it is to do this by pressing one button without leaving the salon. The second point is the ability to install three child seats in the back seat, to be honest, I met this option for the first time, and, in my opinion, this is very cool. The third is the care with which the ISOFIX mounts are made in the back row, the locks are not hidden under a plastic plug and are not recessed into the seat cushions, but are hidden under a small soft roller that simply comes unfastened, and the seats are installed without any difficulties. And, fourthly, optionally, a third row of seats can be installed in the new Q7, however, this will reduce the volume of the trunk when they are laid out, but if there is such a need, then Audi makes it possible to order this option. And the fifth point is the ionization of air in the front and rear of the cabin and, of course, four-zone climate control.

Well, the children were seated, the luggage was put, and there is more than enough space for him in the new Q7, 890 liters are no joke, there is a stroller, a bicycle, and a couple of suitcases, now you can fit into the driver's seat sit down. I was able to ride the Q7 with two front seat options, in one case they were comfortable seats, and in the second they were sports. Both seat options are good, but I liked the sports ones more, as they allow you to tighten the sidewalls, which securely bind you in their arms. Comfortable seats are more imposing, suitable for people of large build, besides they are equipped with massage, but I personally did not appreciate this option, perhaps it is good, but apparently you can feel the effect only on very long trips. In both versions, the front seats are equipped with heating, but ventilation is available only for comfort seats.

The design of the front panel, without a clear division into zones, we have seen in other Audi cars, but in the Q7 this solution does not visually add space, unlike the same Audi A5, since there is already enough space in the SUV. There are no questions about the quality of materials and assembly, where it is necessary - leather, where it is necessary - metal and high-quality plastic, visual and tactile sensations are completely the same, in this regard, the Germans, of course, well done.

The Audi virtual cockpit was installed in the test car, and once again I will say that the panel is no worse than the analog one and is perfectly readable in any light, and also provides a lot of additional features for the comfort of drivers. For example, you can display a map on it and see the route without being distracted by the main screen, you can manage calls or playlists, and quickly set up active-cruise control. In general, the virtual panel provides more options and comfort for the driver than the analog one. Of course, our Q7 was also equipped with a projection screen, a feature that has become quite familiar now and comfortable, as it does not distract you from the road. In Audi, the projection can display speed, navigation system tips and information about the work of the driver's assistant, but, for example, the car can read signs, but for some reason it does not show them in Russia.

The head system of the MMI Navigation plus test vehicle with MMI touch features an 8.3" pop-up IPS display. At first, managing the system may seem inconvenient to you, but once you get used to it a little, you can use it without any problems at any time. I will outline the main points: the elbow rests on the armrest, the palm rests on the gear lever, which is specially made low and has a large upper platform, and under your fingers you have a control washer.A little further than the puck is the touchpad, from which you can handwrite information, and above it are 8 keys for quick access to system options. In general, this system is already in the restyled Q7, which will be released tentatively this year, will retire, and a new one will take its place, which we can see today in such Audi models as the A8, Q8, A7 and Q3. The new system uses two touchscreens with haptic feedback, similar to the 3D Touch in the iPhone, and yes, the current convenient climate unit will go into oblivion, and the display will also take its place. Personally, I find the current system convenient, yes, someone might say that it lacks a touch screen, but it's not so scary, and besides, you don't need to wipe the screen after some time after working with it.

In Q7, you can connect and synchronize two mobile phones at the same time, there are two USB connectors in the armrest, as well as a platform for wireless charging devices according to the Qi standard. The head system supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so you can listen to your music through familiar services and use alternative navigation programs. The only disadvantage of these systems is the superficial integration into the car system, all actions are performed only from the main screen, which is not as convenient as in the case of built-in systems, the same navigation. Yes, you can connect an iPhone to the system and use CarPlay wirelessly, while Android requires a cable.

Our car also had an Audi connect system with its own LTE modem, which, when installed with a SIM card, allows you to receive data for the navigation system, broadcast information about the weather and about the necessary points along the route, news from the DW.com website, and also work as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Some Audi connect services, unfortunately, are not available in Russia, for example, remote control of the car and inquiries about its condition, as well as online streaming are not available.

Speaking about the Audi Q7, of course, it is worth mentioning the auxiliary systems of the car, of which there are a huge number, not all of them are available in the basic configuration, but they can always be completed with packages or separately. There is an adaptive cruise control that can maintain the distance to the car in front, a traffic jam assistant that works at speeds up to 60 km / h, a lane keeping assistant, which does not work everywhere in Russia, since we have markings if and is, it is not always clearly visible. Also worth noting is the Audi pre sense front system, which can prevent a frontal collision and which can partially or completely brake the car and operates at speeds up to 250 km/h. This also includes an emergency maneuvering system that intervenes in the process of driving, helping the driver to avoid an obstacle. Separately, I would like to say about the Audi pre sense rear system, which scans the space behind the car and, in the event of an emergency, automatically closes the windows and sunroof and tightens the driver and passenger belts, such preparation for a collision that can help save lives in case of an accident. I encountered the operation of this system during the Audi Q5 test, not to say that these were pleasant seconds, but it’s better that way, since everything worked out in my case, but the system worked and prepared for the worst. These assistants and assistants will be useful to the driver not only in the city, but also on the highway, so that a long journey is not only comfortable, but also safe.

For longer trips, a night vision system can also be useful, which uses a thermal imager to detect pedestrians and highlights them on the screen of the virtual instrument panel. If this function is not very useful in the city, then on a dark road it can help to avoid a collision. You can also add optional Audi Matrix headlights with an intelligent LED system that analyzes the surrounding environment using data from the camera, sensors, navigation system. LEDs turn on and off in a split second, there is a dimming headlight. Honestly, I did not notice the cardinal differences between the Audi Matrix headlights and the usual LED headlights of my car, perhaps I had to drive more at night on roads without lighting to understand the benefits of Audi technology.

For long trips, it can also be useful a night vision system that uses a thermal imager to detect pedestrians and highlights them on the screen of the virtual instrument panel. If this function is not very useful in the city, then on a dark road it can help to avoid a collision. You can also add optional Audi Matrix headlights with an intelligent LED system that analyzes the surrounding environment using data from the camera, sensors, navigation system. LEDs turn on and off in a split second, there is a dimming headlight. To be honest, I did not notice the cardinal differences between the Audi Matrix headlights and the usual LED headlights of my car, perhaps I had to drive more at night on roads without lighting to understand the benefits of Audi technology.

You must have noticed that at the beginning of the article I said about the Audi Q7 as a car for every day. Residents of big cities may object that there is no such colossus for every day, but I note that despite the fact that the car is large, you feel comfortable on it not only on the highway, but also in the city. The Audi Q7 model is rather big, almost two meters wide (1986 mm), and a little more than five meters long (5052 mm), despite this, the car is very maneuverable, largely due to the controlled rear suspension, which improves dynamics and increases driving comfort due to changing the angle of the direction of the rear wheels. At low speeds, steer occurs in the opposite direction to that in which the front wheels are turning, which allows for a tighter turning radius. At higher speeds, steer is in the same direction as the front wheels, resulting in more responsive steering as well as vehicle dynamics and directional stability. For example, in a garage from my parking space in a regular car, I leave in one go, on large ones, for example, Mazda CX-9 or the same new Infiniti QX50, you need to maneuver, but on a five-meter Q7 you leave immediately without any problems. Also in the city, for parallel parking in length you will certainly need more than 5 meters of space, but the headroom in front and behind may be less than is usually necessary for such a large car, since the Q7 will allow you to enter and exit without problems , even if there is not much space.

Of course, the car also has assistants for automatic parking, and not only in parallel, but also in reverse, so if you are not sure of yourself, then the robot will come to your aid. True, I don’t really like automatic parking, when parallel parking the system takes too much radius, in narrow streets it often tries to climb onto the sidewalk, but it always tells you exactly whether there is enough space for parking or not. In addition to automatic parking, the car also has parking sensors in a circle, front and rear cameras and 360 ° cameras. In the Moscow winter conditions, the cameras get dirty once or twice, so you should wipe them before each trip, there are no washers for them here.

And now about the main thing in the car, how it rides, and it rides wonderfully, in terms of comfort and handling, the Audi Q7 can be called the best in its class. Set the “Comfort” mode, the air suspension lifts the car, and you don’t drive on broken roads, but float. You drive out onto the highway, select the “Dynamic” mode, the car drops a little, the reactions to pressing the gas change, the steering becomes sharper, and you seem to be driving not a large SUV, but some kind of sedan. In the cabin, even at high speeds, peace and quiet are preserved, no tricky systems were made for this Audi, sound insulation and double side windows, that's the whole secret. Yes, if you want maximum comfort from the Audi Q7, then put the wheels no more than 21 ", since on 22" you will already feel the fifth point of small bumps in the roadway.

In Russia, only one three-liter diesel engine with a capacity of 249 horsepower is offered for the Audi Q7, which provides optimal dynamics for such a car and is notable for its small appetite. So, on a car that has already traveled more than 10,000 km, I had an average consumption in mixed mode of 9.5 liters, on a fresh car with a mileage of 600 km, it fluctuated around 11-12 liters.

The price of the Audi Q7 starts from 4 million rubles, more interesting options with a good head system, comfortable seats, a virtual dashboard can already be purchased for 5 million. If you want to get the Q7 in the maximum configuration, then such cars will already cost under 7 million rubles. If you're looking for a full-size SUV for a $5 million family, then I recommend you take a look at the Audi Q7, sit in the car, take a test drive, maybe you'll like it as much as I do. If you want something more aggressive and sporty, then the Audi Q8 has entered the market, in orange it is a miracle how good, but the prices for it are already higher than the Q7, by an average of 1.5 million, and the engine is offered only a three-liter gasoline 340 horsepower.