This isn‘t your father‘s diesel

Just what‘s diesel about the 2010 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro Tiptronic?

It passes California emissions. It purrs like a kitten (although it was fully warmed up when I got to it). It has instant accelleration.

My quick trip in the $78,375 2010 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro Tiptronic was a real pleasure. As I mentioned, the big Audi was warmed up when I got it, so it was an instant turn of the key and the engine sprang to life. No clunking, no shaking. Just like a $70K+ example of German Engineering should.

Cruising around at low speed in the parking lot of Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, it cruised nicely, soaking up speed bumps and taking the curves without much of a lean. Exiting on Cherry Ave., the long straightaway that fronts the speedway entrance is a good place to test accelleration.

The 3-liter turbocharged diesel took off; I didn’t feel any turbo lag, hear any diesel clunking or much of anything but the rumble of a finely-tuned engine. Accelleration pushed me back into the seat and the Tiptronic transmission smoothly ran through the gears.

On the road, the Q7 handled as expected. Corners were tight for an SUV, with little lean. The ride was firm and a bit busy, but on the smooth side for an SUV. Washboard pavement at speed produced a bit of a bounce, but well under control.

Inside, it was everything you‘d expect from a top-line SUV. Leather everything, navigation, comfort and convenience. Visibility is excellent. Of course, you hop up into the driver‘s seat, but the lift isn‘t so much.

Back at the track, I popped the hood while the engine was running. It was a bit quieter than my folks‘ ‘77 Rabbit gas engine was back in the day, and those 1.6-liter mills weren‘t known for being especially quiet. What soundproofing there is on the Audi takes care of everything, and with the windows up you are in a quiet coccoon.

In short, the EPA 17/25 MPG and clean technology makes this diesel something that Americans can love. Let‘s see if enough of them embrace and can afford it. ⚙

Vehicle Info

  • 2010 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro Tiptronic
  • Package: Prestiege Model
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Price: $78,375
  • EPA Mileage: 17 city/25 highway
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