Audi Q7 2010 Car Technology Review

By on August 25, 2010
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The Audi Q7 is one of the most comfortable rides we’ve tested but how does it score in tech and gadgetry?

Editor's Score
The Verdict:
Although the Audi Q7 features GPS, Bluetooth and SD cards, it falls a bit short in technology compared to some of the other cars we've looked at.

Our first Car Tech review on the VW V6 was pretty well received and thus, we started looking for the next auto that we could analyze. Audi stepped up and sent us their 3.6 Q7 quattro that I think is one of the best looking SUVs in the market and thus, I was quite excited to look at it. To remind you, our articles are primarily focused on the technology and gadgetry found in cars but we do talk a bit about the car in general towards the end of the article. With that, let’s get rolling on how we felt about the Audi Q7.

To start off, the Audi Q7 is certainly a beautiful looking SUV. The Xenon headlights on the front as well as the light-emitting diodes that surround the headlights in a U-shape give the Q7 a mean look. An adaptive light system comes in as an option and provides turning and cornering lights, along with automatically switching between high and low beam. This was not present in the Audi Q7 that we received so we couldn’t test it out.

Keyless entry is supported on the Audi Q7, however you will need to press the button on the key to unlock the doors. This is a bit of a step back from the VW V6 that we looked at recently that unlocks automatically when you pull the handle provided you have the key in your pocket or in close range. Keyless ignition is also missing from the Q7 so expect to insert and turn the key to power it up.

Both the front seat were fully automatic in the model we received and three controls on the side of the seat allow you to move and tilt the seat as well adjust the lower back support to get you comfortable. Speaking of the seats, the Q7 has extremely comfortable seats- definitely better than the VW V6 and my 5-series BMW.

On the drivers side, you have the controls to lock/unlock all doors as well as raise/lower all the windows and adjust the rear-view mirrors that don’t automatically fold in once you turn off the car, but do so with the press of a button. An excellent option is a warning light on each of the rear-view mirrors that lights up when a car is present in your blind-spot.

A rear view camera is also present on the back that displays, in color, whats behind the car. To assist you, lines imposed on the screen that show you the backing-up path. These lines move with the steering wheel so you get a pretty good idea on where your car is reversing without having to look back.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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