Audi Q7 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q7: Drive system

Braking in

A new vehicle must be broken in within the first 1,000 miles (1,500 km) so that all moving parts work smoothly together, which helps to increase the service life of the engine and other drive components.

Do not drive higher than two-thirds of the maximum permitted engine RPM during the first 600 miles (1,000 km) and do not use full acceleration.

The engine can be increased RPM gradually during the next 300 miles (500 km).

Conventional and mild hybrid drive system

Applies to: vehicles with a conventional drive system or a mild hybrid drive system

Vehicles with a conventional or mild hybrid drive system are powered by a combustion engine. It uses fuel to recover energy.

Vehicles with a mild hybrid drive system have additional battery technology.

Efficient and environmentally-friendly driving

Your driving style greatly influences the amount of fuel and energy consumed, the environmental impact, and the wear on the motor, brakes, and tires. Note the following information for efficient and environmentally-conscious driving:

  • Turn off electrical equipment that is not needed, for example seat heating*.
  • Anticipate upcoming traffic situations while driving to avoid unnecessary acceleration and braking.
  • Avoid driving at high speeds.
  • Avoid adding extra weight to the vehicle if possible, for example by not leaving roof racks or bike racks installed when they are not needed.
  • Make sure the tire pressure is correct.
  • Have maintenance performed regularly on the vehicle.
  • Do not let the engine run while the vehicle parked.
  • Do not drive with winter tires during the summer.
  • Use the Start/Stop system.
  • Utilize the engine braking effect.
  • Avoid driving short distances when possible.


The amount of noise produced by the vehicle can increase significantly when driving with a sporty style. Show respect to others around you and the environment with the way you operate your vehicle, especially at night.

Energy management

Your vehicle is equipped with an intelligent energy management system for distributing electricity.

This significantly improves the starting ability and increases the vehicle battery life.


  • If you drive short distances frequently, the vehicle battery may not charge enough while driving. As a result, convenience functions for electrical equipment may be temporarily unavailable.
  • The vehicle battery will gradually drain if the vehicle is not driven for long periods of time, or if electrical equipment is used when the engine is not running. To ensure that the vehicle can still be started, the electrical equipment will be limited or switched off.


The following messages may appear depending on the vehicle equipment:

Drive system: malfunction! Safely stop vehicle

There is a malfunction in the drive system. The brake booster and the power steering may stop working. Stop the vehicle immediately or as soon as possible and do not continue driving. Secure the vehicle against rolling before exiting the vehicle. Have the problem corrected by an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility.

Drive system: malfunction! Please contact Service

There is a malfunction in the drive system. Drive slowly to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility to have the malfunction corrected.


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