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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-based, like the Audi SQ7.
Now, the Audi Q7 is a car we rate highly; so much so that in 2017 we named it the best luxury SUV you can buy. Audi takes this talented platform as the basis for its high-performance SUV offering, then plonks a whopping great 429bhp 4.0-litre V8 diesel engine up front with not just one performance-boosting turbocharger, but two. There’s also an electric compressor to negate any turbo lag, powered by a trick 48-volt electrical system, which the SQ7 shares with none other than the Bentley Bentayga.
That 48-volt electrical system is also available to operate a very clever suspension option in the form of active anti-roll bars. These are designed to stop the big SQ7 swaying around in the bends like a skyscraper in an earthquake.
All this sounds very fancy, but does it work? Is the SQ7 a better performance SUV than rivals such as the Range Rover Sport SVR or the BMW X5 M50d? Read on over the next couple of pages and we’ll let you know.