While most new cars are designed as upgrades to deliver greater performance or comfort than their predecessors, the 2017 Q7 is actually designed with an opposite objective which is to tone things down a notch. This Q7 retains a lot of features from its older, stronger, more luxurious and obviously more expensive sibling but also carries a number of significant differences.
While the Q7 3.0 TDI SE also comes with a V6 3.0lt TDI engine as its predecessor, the car has a lot less power. When considered without comparison to the more powerful Q7, the engine feels capable as it works with the 8 speed automatic transmission to drive this SUV. The 2017 Q7 can reach a maximum speed of 134 mph and accelerates from 0-62mph in 7.3sec which is .8 seconds more than the other TDI.
The 2017 Q7 handles very well and is impressive in its steering. The suspension system is however not as responsive as the Q7 that comes with air suspension systems. The interior is also very similar in feel and standards to the original Q7 and comes with the same features that make Q7 a luxurious ride whether you have the original or entry level model. The front seats and second row seats are quite spacious and offer room even for those who are tall. The third row seats however remain tight and are not a good idea for adults taking a longer ride.
Overall, the 2017 version of the Q7 is every bit as good a Q7 as its predecessor when considering the interior, comfort factor and appearance. There may be a slight difference in terms of the performance that the car delivers but it remains in contention as a good buy for those looking to own a reliable SUV that you would compare to vehicles such as the BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery and Volvo XC90.