You may think of SUVs as being more practical than powerful, but the 2020 Audi SQ7 is determined to change your mind. This new Audi is incredibly high-performing and offers all the practicality of an SUV without sacrificing a fun driving experience, making it perfect for families who want to do a little adventuring. Here’s everything you should know about the SQ7, according to MotorTrend reviewers.
The performance dynamics of the Audi SQ7
With its powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, the Audi SQ7 makes an impressive 500 hp. It gets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Test drivers found that this SUV could get from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
The SQ7 features an eight-speed automatic transmission and a highly dependable Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Its all-wheel steering helps improve stability at high speeds by turning the rear wheels up to five degrees and tightening the vehicle’s turning radius. Reviewers also note that the SQ7 has incredibly responsive steering, making it fun to drive and ensuring control even when you’re taking advantage of its impressive power.
When you get behind the wheel of the SQ7, you can choose from five driving modes: Comfort, Auto, Individual, All-Drive, and Dynamic. According to MotorTrend, the Dynamic mode is well-suited for twisty roads, as it stiffens both the suspension and power steering. For days when you’re looking for a quieter driving experience, though, the Comfort mode will be a welcome option: It switches off all the sportier features to deliver a calmer ride.
A roomy interior
The Audi SQ7 is a three-row SUV that can seat seven people. Although the third row is a bit of a tight squeeze for adults, it should pose no problem for children. It is also fairly easy to get to the third row as the second row lifts forward to make space. If you don’t plan to have anyone sitting in the third row, you can fold it down to enjoy an immense amount of cargo room.
Another advantage offered by the SQ7’s interior is its versatility. The seats can be moved around to suit your needs — slide the second row back or forward to get more space, or fold down half of the third row to increase your cargo capacity without completely eliminating the row.
The SQ7’s impressive tech
Other than its surprising amount of power, the Audi SQ7’s best quality might just be its collection of advanced tech. This SUV features a dual-screen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Thanks to the Audi Virtual Cockpit, you can also have a digital display of Google Maps on the instrument panel. MotorTrend praised the infotainment system, stating that it has “elegant graphics and excellent resolution.”
The SQ7 also features an integrated toll module that is incredibly convenient for anyone who frequently travels. Rather than setting up multiple toll tags, you can simply set up an online account with your credit card info, and all your tolls will be automatically paid. This system will also work at over a dozen different airport parking lots nationwide.
Finally, this SUV features a system that will tell you how long you have left to wait at a red light at upwards of 15,000 intersections. This convenient system can reduce frustration and make it safer to stretch, grab some water, or check on your kids without worrying that the light will change while you aren’t looking.
There are plenty of SUVs that offer reliability and practicality. But if you’re a family that wants to do a little more adventuring, the Audi SQ7’s power might be just what you’re looking for.