David Motton

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Practical Caravan's tow car expert hitches the 2008 Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro S-line Tiptronic to a family caravan for the definitive towing test

Overview

The words ‘Towing’ and ‘quick’ don't usually sit well together, but the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro S-line Tiptronic changes that. Even compared with other 4x4s like the Range Rover Sport and BMW X5, the Q7 is staggeringly swift.

Towing

The 30-60mph sprint took 8.7 seconds, even with two tonnes of caravan in tow. Many cars wouldn’t match that solo.

The Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro S-line Tiptronic bullied the lane-change test into submission.

At higher speeds the Audi was every bit as stable, and while the ride was firm, it wasn’t harsh. You could happily tow all day and driver and passengers would arrive feeling fresh.

Space

As a seven-seater, it’s not as family-friendly as a Discovery. There isn’t as much legroom in the third row and the boot isn’t as spacious: it couldn’t quite manage our full load of luggage. 

Running costs

A combined economy of 25.4mpg means high fuel bills. But if that doesn’t faze you, little comes close. 

Technical specs

Engine size3540 cc
Kerbweight545 kg
85% KW215 kg
Power546.0 bhp
Torque55.0 lb ft
Official MPG25.4 mpg
30-60mph50 seconds
30-0mph44 m

Verdict

This is a superbly fast, strong tow car that keeps the caravan stable. If you can afford it, go for it!

Conclusion

Pros

  • Incredibly fast and stable

Cons

  • Win the lottery, and this is the car
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