I think our family is set on a 2018 Q7 - AudiWorld Forums

Go Back  AudiWorld Forums > Audi Models > Audi Q3 /Q5 / Q7 > Audi Q7 > Q7 MKII Discussion
Reload this Page > I think our family is set on a 2018 Q7
Notices
Q7 MKII Discussion Discussion forum for the Audi Q7 MKII built from 2016 -

I think our family is set on a 2018 Q7

Reply

 
 
Old 12-05-2017, 06:29 PM
  #1
Audiworld Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 11
Default I think our family is set on a 2018 Q7

Our family has been big on Lexus, BMW, and MB in the past and has stuck with them for decades because they have all been reliable as all hell for us, despite what other places may report.

I've been doing the research for the family car the past few months and a combination of Consumer Reports reviews (90/100) and a few other popular mags like MT and CD, I've been spearheading the campaign for a Q7 to replace our previous family SUV.

I've done plenty of research but I have a few hangups.

We're in the midwest just outside a large city but not quiet in the Snow Belt. But our driveway is inclined and we do have a car get stuck at times, but only on our driveway. Going in or out. That's with xDrive and 4Matic models our family has but we all use All season tires, so maybe that's the issue?

We're looking at a Prestige only and have test driven a model with the features we wanted except the Luxury Package. The packages we're interested in are the Prestige (obviously), Cold Weather, Adaptive Chassis, and the Luxury Package. The latter is the one I'm having some questions about as it's a $5k option. Our dealership had no Luxury Package models on hand for us to compare with the standard seats and leather but we did want to see the difference. I wanted to ask if the difference was noticeable. I've looked at the description of what the package entails and while we're not keen on getting massages, we do appreciate the "extended" leather feel, especially on a car North of $80K. I wanted to know if the seats felt any better (or worse?) since they were the individual contoured seats.

Another question I had was about the Adaptive Chassis. We don't off-road at all, unless you count driving on ice or snow that may not have been cleared in our neighborhood or our driveway. I've searched threads on here and it seems many use the AC package for actually being off the road. Will the chassis be of any use on crappy, bumpy, pot hole filled roads in terms of comfort? I know we won't "raise" the clearance of the car for it, but the salesperson did mention the ride was softer and more luxurious and the package wasn't necessarily for off roading use only.

What about the 4 wheel steering; does that help in snowy or icy conditions? Turn radius isn't that big a deal for us either but the reason we're replacing an SUV with another is for the ability to transport stuff in the trunk and for the Quattro performance in the snow/ice/cold weather in general.

So basically I'm asking not if the Luxury Package is "worth it" but instead is appreciated versus the standard seating and roof lining options? The massage chairs are just an extra but not a deal breaker. But the extended leather on the dash and door would definitely be a nice feature to have.

And is adaptive chassis overkill for a family that will likely never off road but would prefer the ride and smoothness in the Q7 to be close to an A8/S Class as possible?
smacky is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2017, 07:12 PM
  #2
Audiworld Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 12
Default We were of a similar mind

We bought our Q7 with everything except for B&O, Night Assist and Luxury. One of our musts was the Adaptive Chassis. Living in a city with narrow alleys and busy-with-construction streets, the tight turning radius is very necessary. I also enjoy the different driving modes; while not the same kind of necessary, it’s good to feel the “sporty” dynamic mode.

I can’t speak for what Luxury offers, but I drive a lengthy commute, and the regular seat option is very comfortable.
TNJed is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2017, 07:17 PM
  #3
Audiworld Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 11
Default

Originally Posted by TNJed View Post
We bought our Q7 with everything except for B&O, Night Assist and Luxury. One of our musts was the Adaptive Chassis. Living in a city with narrow alleys and busy-with-construction streets, the tight turning radius is very necessary. I also enjoy the different driving modes; while not the same kind of necessary, it’s good to feel the “sporty” dynamic mode.

I can’t speak for what Luxury offers, but I drive a lengthy commute, and the regular seat option is very comfortable.

Thanks for the info.

I've gone so far as to read the Q7 manual online just to see what was said about the driving modes and which were available on a non-AC equipped model. What's the mode missing in a non-AC that AC does have?

We test drove an AC model but didn't realize we had it until we saw the sticker afterwards. So we weren't able to actively try and find its benefits while driving. We didn't test drive a regular suspension model either and I think that's what we'll have to end up doing.
smacky is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2017, 08:25 PM
  #4
AudiWorld Senior Member
 
Dasaint's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Rain City Seattle
Posts: 692
Default

Comfort mode soaks up bump and ride almost pillow like with Air suspension. Im not sure how extra supple it get with non air cars.
Dasaint is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 04:27 AM
  #5
eiw
AudiWorld Newcomer
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 2
Default

Sorry for maybe stupid question but what does the luxury package include in the US. Here in Europe I have not heard about this.
eiw is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 05:28 AM
  #6
Audiworld Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Texas
Posts: 11
Default

Luxury package
  • Light Alcantara® headliner
  • Individual contour front seats with ventilation and massage
  • Valcona leather interior with Extended leather package
Polonium1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 05:36 AM
  #7
AudiWorld Senior Member
 
Bozman5000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 769
Default

Originally Posted by smacky View Post
Our family has been big on Lexus, BMW, and MB in the past and has stuck with them for decades because they have all been reliable as all hell for us, despite what other places may report.

I've been doing the research for the family car the past few months and a combination of Consumer Reports reviews (90/100) and a few other popular mags like MT and CD, I've been spearheading the campaign for a Q7 to replace our previous family SUV.

I've done plenty of research but I have a few hangups.

We're in the midwest just outside a large city but not quiet in the Snow Belt. But our driveway is inclined and we do have a car get stuck at times, but only on our driveway. Going in or out. That's with xDrive and 4Matic models our family has but we all use All season tires, so maybe that's the issue?

We're looking at a Prestige only and have test driven a model with the features we wanted except the Luxury Package. The packages we're interested in are the Prestige (obviously), Cold Weather, Adaptive Chassis, and the Luxury Package. The latter is the one I'm having some questions about as it's a $5k option. Our dealership had no Luxury Package models on hand for us to compare with the standard seats and leather but we did want to see the difference. I wanted to ask if the difference was noticeable. I've looked at the description of what the package entails and while we're not keen on getting massages, we do appreciate the "extended" leather feel, especially on a car North of $80K. I wanted to know if the seats felt any better (or worse?) since they were the individual contoured seats.

Another question I had was about the Adaptive Chassis. We don't off-road at all, unless you count driving on ice or snow that may not have been cleared in our neighborhood or our driveway. I've searched threads on here and it seems many use the AC package for actually being off the road. Will the chassis be of any use on crappy, bumpy, pot hole filled roads in terms of comfort? I know we won't "raise" the clearance of the car for it, but the salesperson did mention the ride was softer and more luxurious and the package wasn't necessarily for off roading use only.

What about the 4 wheel steering; does that help in snowy or icy conditions? Turn radius isn't that big a deal for us either but the reason we're replacing an SUV with another is for the ability to transport stuff in the trunk and for the Quattro performance in the snow/ice/cold weather in general.

So basically I'm asking not if the Luxury Package is "worth it" but instead is appreciated versus the standard seating and roof lining options? The massage chairs are just an extra but not a deal breaker. But the extended leather on the dash and door would definitely be a nice feature to have.

And is adaptive chassis overkill for a family that will likely never off road but would prefer the ride and smoothness in the Q7 to be close to an A8/S Class as possible?
Extended leather doesn’t include the dash.
Bozman5000 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 06:05 AM
  #8
AudiWorld Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 1,136
Default

Another benefit of the air suspension is that it will self-level when packed with kids, gear, a dog, etc. You don't get that sagging butt look. I think it also handles better with the air suspension when hauling all that weight.
Paul3.2A4avant is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 10:50 AM
  #9
AudiWorld Senior Member
 
BigKutta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Washington DC burbs
Posts: 1,168
Default

Originally Posted by smacky View Post
Our family has been big on Lexus, BMW, and MB in the past and has stuck with them for decades because they have all been reliable as all hell for us, despite what other places may report.

I've been doing the research for the family car the past few months and a combination of Consumer Reports reviews (90/100) and a few other popular mags like MT and CD, I've been spearheading the campaign for a Q7 to replace our previous family SUV.

I've done plenty of research but I have a few hangups.

We're in the midwest just outside a large city but not quiet in the Snow Belt. But our driveway is inclined and we do have a car get stuck at times, but only on our driveway. Going in or out. That's with xDrive and 4Matic models our family has but we all use All season tires, so maybe that's the issue?

We're looking at a Prestige only and have test driven a model with the features we wanted except the Luxury Package. The packages we're interested in are the Prestige (obviously), Cold Weather, Adaptive Chassis, and the Luxury Package. The latter is the one I'm having some questions about as it's a $5k option. Our dealership had no Luxury Package models on hand for us to compare with the standard seats and leather but we did want to see the difference. I wanted to ask if the difference was noticeable. I've looked at the description of what the package entails and while we're not keen on getting massages, we do appreciate the "extended" leather feel, especially on a car North of $80K. I wanted to know if the seats felt any better (or worse?) since they were the individual contoured seats.

Another question I had was about the Adaptive Chassis. We don't off-road at all, unless you count driving on ice or snow that may not have been cleared in our neighborhood or our driveway. I've searched threads on here and it seems many use the AC package for actually being off the road. Will the chassis be of any use on crappy, bumpy, pot hole filled roads in terms of comfort? I know we won't "raise" the clearance of the car for it, but the salesperson did mention the ride was softer and more luxurious and the package wasn't necessarily for off roading use only.

What about the 4 wheel steering; does that help in snowy or icy conditions? Turn radius isn't that big a deal for us either but the reason we're replacing an SUV with another is for the ability to transport stuff in the trunk and for the Quattro performance in the snow/ice/cold weather in general.

So basically I'm asking not if the Luxury Package is "worth it" but instead is appreciated versus the standard seating and roof lining options? The massage chairs are just an extra but not a deal breaker. But the extended leather on the dash and door would definitely be a nice feature to have.

And is adaptive chassis overkill for a family that will likely never off road but would prefer the ride and smoothness in the Q7 to be close to an A8/S Class as possible?
Are you asking about extended leather or better seats? I am sure the updated seats are better. However, the leather is not extended as much as you think. when I picked up my Q I got in a lux package Q7 and could hardly notice the difference. There is leather on the lower portion of the doors (that can hardly be seen) and perhaps around the gear console. And no, the dash is not leather.

AC is great for off-road and for towing, but I'm sure its an improvement on regular roads as well. But the best bang for the buck would be if you do those two things

The 4 wheel steering will provide the same advantage when turning on dry or wet/icy pavement. It doesnt provide additional traction, just additional turning ability
BigKutta is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 11:35 AM
  #10
AudiWorld Member
 
djpeaksd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Encinitas, CA
Posts: 255
Default

Here is my take.

Adaptive chasis is awesome! I love the look of the car in its lowest setting, rides like a dream (more plush then standard suspension) and the 4 way steering is is awesome. Literally the same turning radius as an A4. Last thing I will say about adaptive chasis: having adjustability is just awesome.

Luxury package: Do you need it? No you don't but it sure makes the interior look amazing imo, especially if you get Cedar which is not offered on non luxury package. The alcantara on the headliner, pillars and door inserts looks stunning. The extended leather isn't amazing i will say I wish it did include dash. But to someones point above, it does cover the glove box in black leather as well. I will say the seats are way more comfortable to me then in the normal Prestige. I drove non comfort package back to back with Comfort package and could tell a huge difference right away. The Valcona leather is way softer then the standard leather. Honestly if you got the money go for both packages.
djpeaksd is offline  
Reply With Quote
 
 
 


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:10 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: