It’s all about choices because when the property you’re dealing with an SUV weighing twice as much as a family hatch, you can’t design a chassis that will do it all, providing excellent ride and handling characteristics while also proving capable in the off-road environment.
Audi’s choices with the Q7 are plain to see. Every one is equipped with front and rear air suspension and so long as you don’t get carried away with the selector button and summon up dynamic mode, it rides really rather well in most circumstances.
It’s true that if you drop one of its massive wheels into a particularly vicious pot-hole the car’s composure will be briefly dropped but by no more than you’d expect of any car with that much unsprung weight hanging off each of its corners. The rest of the time this is a smooth and comfortable car and one whose ride quality varies impressively little from empty to fully laden.
So no, this is not a car with an instinctive appetite for the open, twisting road. There are actually no flaws in the car’s handling save those inherent in a car this high and heavy, but attempts to drive it fast are met with grim determination not to let the side down rather than any actual enthusiasm for the job.