GOING on a serious weight-loss programme on its Q7 has allowed Audi to make the most of the 215bhp version of its advanced V6 3.0-litre TDI engine by offering it in its latest version of its premium SUV.

By losing 325kg this makes it an option to the 268hp model, with both available in SE and S line spec', at prices of £47,755 and £51,250, respectively

UK deliveries will start in October and the lower priced model still offers some pretty nifty performance. It does the timed 0-62mph sprint in 7.3 secs but will still give you a gnat's proverbial under 50mpg when fitted with 18-inch wheels.

Standard specification includes MMI Navigation Plus, Audi connect, Audi drive select, keyless go, parking system plus, powered tailgate, while S line versions get all-weather LED headlights, 20-inch alloys, privacy glass and styling enhancements. For some more cash you can add Audi's smart 'virtual cockpit' concept, adaptive air suspension and an unique all-wheel-steering feature.

Very few areas of the old Q7 escaped the diet programme, but most notable savings were made in the multimaterial body-in-white, which is 71kg lighter than its predecessor, all-aluminium doors which strip away 24kg and a new chassis which 'lost' 67kg.

Even wiith the UK standard seven-seat configuration, the Q7 weighs in a total of 240kg lighter than the same set-up in the outgoing model, while the old and new five-seat versions (a no-cost option in the UK) has the headline 325kg weight loss.

• The all-wheel-steering means that at low speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions, reducing the turning circle by up to 1m. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn with the front by up to 3.5 degrees to enhance steering response and improve stability.

• Another interesting feature allied to two high quality audio systems from Bose and Bang and Olufsen, is that rear seat passengers can be treated to the full benefits of connectivity thanks to two detachable 10.1-inch high definition touch screens, which can be attached to the front seat backs. These stream content from iPhone or Android smartphones via different sources, including an Audi app, the integrated SD card reader, USB, Miracast WiFi or Bluetooth.