There is something decidedly at cross purposes with the notion of buying a large, heavy 7-passenger SUV with an engine designed for optimum fuel efficiency but somehow the 2011 Audi Q7 TDI diesel pulls it off. But what was most surprising about driving the TDI version of the Q7 was how much the engine actually improved the appeal of the overall driving experience.
Although you could hear a faint diesel rattle from the engine outside the car, from the inside this engine was silent and always felt extremely powerful. Surfing the monster surge of torque during passing maneuvers never stopped offering up anything less than hooligan-style levels of true driving fun. It may still handle like an SUV (you can’t fight physics) but the 2011 Audi Q7 TDI proved to be a semi-green way to enjoy the luxury family SUV concept. Imagine that
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