Audi SQ7 review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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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 while ensconced in the lap of luxury, what comes to mind? A Learjet, perhaps? That’s the fancy option, certainly, but it’s a bit pricey. We were contemplating something a little more accessible and terra firma, like the Audi SQ7.

Now, the regular Audi Q7 is a car we rate highly; so much so, that, for the past few years, we named it the best luxury SUV you can buy in our 2019 What Car? Car of the Year Awards. 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, and with this in mind, Audi plonked a whopping great 500bhp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol engine up front. And yes, you did read that correctly: a 500bhp petrol engine. The 429bhp V8 diesel that powered the previous-generation SQ7 has been consigned to the history bin – perhaps deemed unfashionable in the eyes of an environmentally conscious buying public.

The result of Audi’s labours is astounding. Despite weighing the better part of two and half tonnes, the SQ7 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. It also has a number of efficiency-boosting features up its sleeve, such as a ‘cylinder on demand’ system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders when possible to reduce fuel consumption. Clever stuff.  And 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.

Now, all of this sounds very fancy, but does it work? Is the SQ7 a better performance SUV than rivals such as the BMW X7 M50i, Porsche Cayenne GTS and Range Rover Sport SVR? Read on over the next couple of pages and we’ll let you know. And once you’ve decided on the SQ7 or any other performance SUV, don't go anywhere until you've checked out the deals on our New Car Buying pages.

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Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel typespetrol
MPG range across all versions23.3 - 23.3
Avaliable doors options5

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