Audi Q7 tyres
At five metres long, the Q7 is nothing short of a leviathan of a car. Those owning or considering buying one will usually be fully aware of the sheer cost of running one in terms of fuel consumption. However, not every Q7 buyer will be ready for what this car can cost in terms of tyres. The Q7 is hardly frugal in the way it wears through them. Additionally, a big car will need big tyres, meaning that those for a Q7 will always be a substantial investment.
To say that tyre wear is the most common complaint among A7 drivers does cut both ways. It means that in terms of build quality, performance and reliability, this car delivers all that you’d expect from an Audi. Its tyre wear has caught many by surprise, though, so much so that Audi was forced to introduce a standardised response for the many complaints being received by dealers.
A two-tonne car which offers the handling and performance of a much smaller vehicle will always place severe demands on its tyres. They are under particular stress when fitted in low-profile format to Q7 models with large wheel sizes of up to 21 inches. Despite the best of what the Q7’s dampers and suspension can do, two tonnes of weight produces massive stress on low-profile tyres. From the inside, the Q7 never feels like it flaps or flounders when cornering, even at speed. On the outside, though, this car’s tyres and suspension can be working to the hilt to support it.
Durability is therefore the key factor in replacement tyre choice. This cannot be seen from a tyre’s label but the old adage of you getting what you pay for will usually ring true. The more durable tyres will usually be the more expensive options from the better-known manufacturers. Added to that, saving a little money here or there was never the reason why anyone bought a Q7 in the first place!
Pirelli tyres are fitted to many Q7 models in Audi’s factories and it’s therefore easy to see why this is etyres’ best-selling tyre brand for Q7 drivers. The P Zero, by some way the most popular range, features an asymmetric tread pattern and huge amounts of grip. It’s also a very strongly-built tyre, which means that it can meet the demands of big, heavy and performance cars. This may come at a cost in terms of longevity but it makes them a good ‘all-round’ option for the Q7. Bridgestone‘s Dueler tyres have also been a traditional original equipment range for the Q7.
Continental CrossContact and SportContact are other popular tyre choices for this car. Both ranges are performance-orientated in their design and come in formats specifically designed to suit SUVs such as the Q7. Dunlop’s SportMaxx tyres are not available in sizes to suit every Q7 model but will tick a lot of boxes for their combination of durability and grip, while Hankook’s Ventus range is also worth considering.
While the Q7 is a popular car, sadly increased tyre wear is an intrinsic part of the package. It’s a sacrifice which Q7 drivers have come to live with, rather like the fact that not every unoccupied space in the supermarket car park will be an option, either!