Audi Q7 at night

One engineer put it like this: “It let’s you get on with the driving.”

It certainly does.

And what a drive this Q7 is.

Sure, it’s a big car, but it’s a relaxed car with massive bellows under your right foot for when you want to engage its voluminous torque reserves – 500 lusty Nm to be precise. Which surge the Q7 forward with gratifying momentum.

It’s a big car this Audi, with a big heart below your right foot.

And sheer brilliance in the way it illuminates the way forward without blinding your fellow drivers.

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|Q7 matrix lighting|
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CAST your mind back to those pre-spring days when the clocks were skulking an hour behind, the day stopped trying at around 4pm and the blackness of the night made driving conditions difficult.

Step forward a beacon of light in this darkness: the Audi Q7 I have on long term review.

In those dark days I was travelling often between London and the south coast, returning late in the evening along narrow A roads.

And for the first time I experienced the brilliance of Audi’s matrix LED lighting. It wasn’t quite like driving in the day but not far off.

The Audi matrix LED lighting can be left on full beam and you then just drive: the system does all the rest of the hard work for you.

No flicking the headlights from dipped to full: sit back, and drive. With your way massively illuminated.

You can see the point in this picture of a Q7 illustrating the immensity of the Audi’s lighting system.

Audi Q7 matrix lighting
Audi Q7 matrix lighting – turning darkness into light

It works like this: the system blanks out light that would otherwise shine directly towards oncoming vehicles or vehicles travelling in front you. But here’s the clever bit: the lights continue to fully illuminate all the other areas in between and alongside.

That really is the case. Swathes to the side of me continued to be white-lighted so I could see the bends and twists in the road with clarity, yet oncoming cars were not blinded at all.

Brilliant.

Do you know, I was once… well, just a little suspicious of driver assistance programmes that could automate things for you. But now I’m convinced they are really worthwhile.

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