I’VE been trying out Audi’s big Q7 recently – the largest SUV currently made by the company – and what with it being named the Q7, and having seven seats, I thought it might be a good idea to run through seven reasons to lease an Audi Q7.
Well, why not?
The model I’ve been trying is the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI S line tiptronic. In black, with the seven seat option.
But first a bit about leasing
Car leasing is where you pay an upfront rental (usually three or six months) followed by a monthly rental for an agreed period of time (usually 36 months) and an agreed mileage (usually 10,000 miles a year) before handing the car back. There are certain wear and tear stipulations, but essentially that’s about it.
Car leasing is a great way to run a car either through your business – known as a business car lease, or personally, which is known as personal car lease. A business car lease has VAT added to the rental; a personal car lease is inclusive of VAT.
Leasing is usually a more cost effective way to acquire a car than purchasing one, although with leasing you never own the car.
Anyway, let’s step away from the finance and get back to the metal.
Here are my seven reasons to lease a Q7
- OK, I know I said I was going back to the metal, but it’s the basic acquisition method: you can step into an Audi Q7 from £497 + VAT per month. That’s a lot of metal for the money.
- If you want fast metal for your money, then there’s always the barnstorming SQ7 model at … wait for it … £795 a month + VAT (well, we had to get another seven in there…)
- It’s an imperious ride. Relax at the wheel with the commanding view of the road ahead, and let that V6 diesel engine do all the work with its grunty 500Nm of torque. Need to change lane quickly on the motorway? Squeeze the throttle and feel all that torque push you relentlessly forwards, complete the manoeuvre, then relax back to where you were. Effortless.
- Talking of the engine, for such a big car it’s surprisingly economical. You won’t see the claimed 44.8mpg fuel economy, but you won’t be too far off either at around 35mpg. I’ve seen over 36mpg on some runs. For a big car, that’s impressive. Which is why diesel will remain an important part of the fuel mix make up – “Diesel is likely to become an exclusive fuel option for upper segments and premium brands,” believes JATO industry analyst Felipe Munoz, writing in Car & Van Funding.
- To go with the quattro four-wheel drive system, there’s also all-wheel steering (an £1100 optional upgrade) which provides greater stability at higher speeds, but crucially helps you park more easily. At these low speeds the rear axle turns in the opposite direction to the front axle. Really makes parking a lot easier.
- Also making parking a lot easier is a rear-view camera that plays through the 8.3 ins MMI navigation display screen to make sure there’s nothing hidden from your view. Projected trajectory lines also help you get into that parking slot neatly. While we’re on the subject of the colour display screen, the Audi’s standard navigation system features excellent 3D mapping and in my experience good routing – and re-routing when required – speed limit recognition and, the neat bit, touch sensitive control on the MMI control touchpad that recognises your handwriting. OK, you have to use your left hand (not a problem if you are sinistral of course), but you soon get used to it.
- Seven seats – for when you need them. They are electrically operated too from buttons located on the side of the boot area. Useful for when you have extra kids to take to rugby or football at the weekend. Alternatively, put all the rear seats down to create a really good sized carrying area.