Audi SQ7 review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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RRP £79,095What Car? Target Price from£75,288
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Introduction

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If we asked you to name a vehicle capable of whisking up to seven people across Europe at great speed in the lap of luxury, what comes to mind? A Learjet, perhaps? That’s the fancy option, but it’s rather pricey. Here, we're looking at something a bit more accessible – the Audi SQ7.

The regular Audi Q7 is a car we rate highly. Not only does it offer a relaxing blend of comfort and peaceful cruising manners, but it’s also surprisingly agile for such a spacious seven-seat luxury SUV. It is, in effect, the perfect basis for building a high-performance SUV.

With that in mind, Audi plonked a whopping great 500bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol engine up front. Yes, you did read that correctly: a 500bhp petrol engine. The 429bhp V8 diesel that powered the previous-generation SQ7 has been sent to the scrapyard, perhaps because diesel is no longer seen as an attractive option by more environmentally conscious car buyers.

As well as a new engine, the SQ7 also has standard fit four-wheel steering and S-specific adaptive air suspension – power, after all, is nothing without control. The result of Audi’s labours is astounding. Despite weighing the better part of two and half tonnes, it can now accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.1 seconds – a 0.7sec improvement over its predecessor, and quicker than an Aston Martin DBX.

Now, that all sounds very impressive, but does it actually work? Is the SQ7 a better sports SUV than rivals such as the BMW X7 M50i, Porsche Cayenne GTS and Range Rover Sport SVR? Read on over the next few pages, where we'll compare them and let you know (we have a full separate review of the regular Audi Q7).

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At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? petrol
MPG range across all versions23.3 - 23.3
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£1,452 / £7,067
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£2,905 / £14,133

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