The SQ7 is a pricey cash buy, no doubt. It will also set you back a few thousand pounds more than the BMW X5 M50d, yet remains a relative bargain next to the Porsche Cayenne or Range Rover Sport SDV8. It’s worth keeping in mind that the Cayenne will hold onto its value better, though.
Claimed average fuel consumption of 30.1mpg is way better than what's promised by the Range Rover Sport SDV8 (27mpg) or Cayenne Turbo (20.8mpg) – the advantage of the SQ7 running on diesel – and in our real-world True MPG fuel test it averaged an even better 30.8mpg.
Higher CO2 emissions than an X5 M50d and that higher list price mean the SQ7 will cost company drivers more in benefit-in-kind tax, although it'll still cost you far less in salary sacrifices than a Cayenne Turbo.
Once you’ve accepted the relatively dramatic costs involved, you can at least enjoy all these luxuries and gizmos as standard: the sports adaptive air suspension, 21in wheels and sports exhaust, plus Valcona leather seat trim, sat-nav, four-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.
If you really splash out and go for the Vorsprung edition and you'll also get huge 22in wheels, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic glass roof, a black styling pack, matrix LED headlights, a full leather interior and a punchy 558W Bose 3D sound system.
Euro NCAP awarded the SQ7 a five-star safety rating. It comes with active safety equipment including low-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB), which alerts you to potential frontal collisions with cars or pedestrians and applies the brakes if necessary. However, the Vorsprung variant adds heaps more standard safety aids, including high-speed automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, traffic sign recognition and active lane assist.
Passive safety comes in the form of standard front and side airbags, plus curtain airbags that protect those in the front and middle seats. There’s no driver’s knee airbag, but rear side airbags for the middle-row passengers are on the options list, while all six passenger seats have Isofix child seat mounting points as standard.
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