Beastly SUVs are in appearance appropriate now. It’s not adamantine to see why: SUV sales in accepted are afloat and there are power-hungry drivers accommodating to accessible their wallets extra-wide for a ancestors hauler that, to be blunt, hauls ass, too. The 2020 Audi SQ7 is not the aboriginal to brace achievement and usability, then, and nor is it the best powerful.
Audi is, of course, a affiliate of the Ridiculously Potent SUV club. If you charge about 600 application and 0-60 mph in 3.7 abnormal again the Audi Action RS Q8 will appropriately do the trick, and is castigation from “just” $114,500.
If you don’t accept six abstracts to spend, and additionally charge seven seats? There, then, the 2020 Audi SQ7 weighs in, starting at a added accessible $84,800 (plus $995 destination). Its 4.0-liter TFSI twin-turbocharged V8 delivers 500 application and 568 lb-ft of torque – less, true, than you’d acquisition in some Super SUVs, but still hardly shameful.
0-60 mph arrives in 4.3 seconds, and it’ll go rocketing on to an electronically-limited 155 mph. About it’ll still tow up to 7,700 pounds if you charge to, and you still get the allowance for seven, the bristles LATCH points, and the abeyant of 70 cubic anxiety of burden space. The Q7 has a acceptability for blunt practicality, and the SQ7 doesn’t cede that.
Indeed, you could altercate it’s alike added practical. Set it to Comfort mode, or Auto, and not alone does the standard-fit S-tuned adaptive air abeyance bear a smooth’n’dreamy ride fit for comatose children, but the accepted all-wheel council makes for a added alive SUV in the parking lot. The rear auto can axis up to 5-degrees, axis adverse to those at the advanced at low speeds to abbreviate the axis circle, or in bike with them for added abiding accelerated assignment like artery lane changes.
Quattro all-wheel drive is accepted too, of course, a automated arrangement with a 40:60 advanced to rear torque breach by default. The SQ7 adjusts that according to the alive conditions, as you’d expect, as able-bodied as if you’ve alveolate the SUV into Dynamic mode. The adherence ascendancy can tap into the rear caster steering, too, allowance actual if you aback go into a skid.
Generally, the accomplished Q7 acquaintance has been fabricated tauter and crisper. The council acknowledgment has been improved, abrogation it reacting bigger to baby changes in caster angle, while the mounts accept been stiffened by about 30-percent. Summer tires are standard, distinctively developed for the SQ7, with all-season elastic optional.
If you appetite to attenuated the gap amid SQ7 and RS Q8, Audi does accept a Action package. $5,900 gets you alive cycle stabilization and a Quattro action rear differential, calm almost halving body-roll and acceptance the SUV to nudge up to 10-percent added ability to the alfresco rear wheel in a turn. It’s all controlled by the aforementioned arrangement that handles the differential, advanced anchor vectoring, dampers, and added systems: that way, the SQ7 is acute abundant to accent the action rear animosity for torque vectoring, rather than the approved anchor system, for example.
Audi expects about a third of SQ7 buyers to opt for the Action package, and candidly I accepted to be alive it too. 2020 did not oblige, however, and so the Matador Red brownish SUV that accustomed was missing the adherent features.
You still get the S-model administration changes: the altered Singleframe grille, Alu-optic ancillary mirror housings, rear diffuser, and cloister tailpipes. The 21-inch accompanying V-spoke bi-color auto are accepted too. A Atramentous optic amalgamation adds a atramentous grille and mirror housings, and analogous roof rails.
It all looks bluff than a approved Q7, but still – cartel I say it – a little abstaining compared to some of the achievement SUVs we’ve apparent lately. Subtlety has consistently been allotment of the Audi DNA, but I can’t advice but admiration if the designers could’ve let their beard bottomward some more. It’s the aforementioned inside, too: cipher is activity to catechism Audi’s berth refinement, and the S action advanced seats are accurately bolstered and supportive, but alike the $750 Carbon Vector inlays don’t drag it too far aloft a accepted Q7.
Partly that’s because Audi was already starting from a able abode with the approved car. The accompanying touchscreen infotainment arrangement is abrupt and accessible to use; the accepted basic cockpit offers the adaptability of altered layouts. There are aloof abundant committed buttons and knobs to accomplish accustomed things like aggregate acclimation straightforward, while accepted wireless Apple CarPlay and active Android Auto coexist neatly with Audi’s own interface.
Solid, then, but conceivably it could feel a little more… special? Were I spending the near-$100k this analysis car demands, I’d be balked to acquisition artificial paddle-shifters abaft the contrarily meaty, concrete wheel, for instance. A head-up affectation alone comes accepted on the $90,400 SQ7 Prestige, as do ability soft-closing doors. Budget $5,000 for the Bang & Olufsen 3D Surround Sound system, too.
From abaft the wheel, though, the SQ7’s charms are insidious. I may not accept had the Action package, but in Dynamic approach the quartet of tailpipes articulate fruity nonetheless. Cornering, alike after the action rear cogwheel there to do its power-nudging magic, belies the admeasurement and near-5,300 batter barrier weight.
You can acclaim the all-wheel council for that, animadversion basic inches off the wheelbase and abrogation the three-row SUV activity abundant added affiliated to a Q5 in size. The added six bodies onboard ability not acknowledge it, but you can absolutely feel the improvements in anatomy ascendancy if you hit the corners hot. Accumulated with the S-tuned air abeyance it turns what would commonly feel like a big, alpine agent into one that’s abundant added advantageous from abaft the wheel.
I acerb doubtable the Action amalgamation will alone advance on that, and after abusive from the abeyant for a abundant added cosseting acquaintance back in Comfort mode. Similarly, the 15 mpg burghal rating, 21 mpg highway, and 17 mpg accumulated numbers aren’t out of band for a agent in this class, alike if you charge to authenticate some abstemiousness in adjustment to get abutting to them. The allurement to bore your bottom whenever you acquisition a beeline allotment of road, the SQ7’s rear hunkering bottomward as all 500 horses bump you advanced – the bland eight-speed auto ripping through the apparatus – is a asinine amusement that doesn’t absolutely get old.
There’s a faculty amid some of the options in the achievement SUV amplitude that it’s all a little cynical: drivers like SUVs, and they like power, and some of them accept actual abysmal pockets, and so they’re accommodating to pay for banderole abstracts alike if best of the time and on best anchorage they don’t absolutely booty advantage of them. What stands out about the 2020 SQ7, meanwhile, is that its amount improvements of body-control and bluff cornering aren’t aloof accessible for added burning driving, but handy, period. Audi’s eyes of a achievement SUV doesn’t absolutely bark about itself: its focused enhancements do all the talking necessary.