It’s not the size of the car in the fight that counts, it’s the size of the grille in the car… So, going by that logic, this is the new facelifted 2020 Audi Q7
Audi couldn’t just let BMW’s new X7 walk away with all the giant-grille plaudits, so the Ingolstadt manufacturer has revealed the new facelifted 2020 Q7, and talk about a face… The massive octagon grille now features six meaty slats to please the Chinese, and the lower side intakes are, by our conservative estimates, about a thousand percent bigger.
Around the back, Audi’s designers merely added a chrome strip stretching the width of the vehicle, and that’s about all the cosmetic changes they went with. Most of the updates were reserved for the interior, and the bits you don’t see, because the 2020 Audi Q7 now features a 48-volt electrical system as standard which means it shares the anti-roll chassis and suspension gizmos with the related Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne, and Lamborghini Urus. It also allowed the Audi engineers to load the 2020 Q7 with rear-wheel steering, again, just like the other top-shelf stuff in the VW Group’s portfolio.
Regarding the electromechanical active suspension option, the trick is in keeping the car’s body level through the turns even if you’re pinned, and as for the steering, the rear wheels can turn by up to five degrees in the opposite direction at low speeds to increase At highway speeds, the rear wheels turn ever so slightly in the same direction as the fronts, this time to aid stability. It’s a system we’re familiar with by now, and it works rather well if our experience of the Bentayga/Urus/Cayenne is anything to go by. In addition if you choose to go for the Audi Q7 S line model, you’ll get a 15mm lower suspension, and 19-inch wheels.
Keeping with the trends, the 2020 Audi Q7 is also bigger than before, growing in length by 11mm to free up what the Germans claim is the biggest passenger compartment in the segment. Even with the rear seats up you’ll get 865 litres of boot space, and if you drop them flat the capacity rises to 2,050 litres which is way more than something like a VW Touareg offers.
Inside the Q7 the theme is screens, and plenty of them, so you get two touchscreens with haptic feedback and the latest generation MMI system plus a digital driver’s display.
Assistance technologies include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, lane assist and more, so you don’t have to do the work yourself. After all, most of these large SUVs tend to make much more sense when you’re not the one doing the driving.