2020 Audi SQ7

Release Date
Late spring 2020
Price Range
Starting around $80,000

What to expect

  • New high-performance variant swaps Q7's supercharged V6 for twin-turbo V8
  • More aggressive styling on the outside and sporty flourishes inside
  • Part of the second Q7 generation introduced for 2016

2020 Audi SQ7 review
Remind the Kids Who's in Charge
What is it?

Do you ever take a look at your garage and think, "What this could really use is a seven-seat midsize luxury SUV with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 producing 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque?" Good news — Audi is producing a new version of its successful Q7 crossover to address your oddly specific needs. The upcoming 2020 Audi SQ7 doubles the base Q7's cylinder count and power output, then adds a handful of performance, styling and luxury upgrades to boot. That sounds like a winning formula to us, especially since we currently rank the Audi Q7 at the top of its class.

In our testing, the Audi Q7 with the optional supercharged V6 makes the 0-60 mph run in a respectable 5.9 seconds. That's quick by class standards, but it won't strike fear into the hearts of your third-row passengers. And they won't respect you if they don't fear you. According to Audi, the SQ7 rockets to highway speeds in just 4.3 seconds — roughly half a second slower than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, which is driven by a slightly more powerful version of the same motor.

But the SQ7 isn't just about straight-line speed. There's also an available sport differential, which can increase the ratio of power shunted to the rear axle from the standard 40:60 front/rear split to 20:80. You can also spec active stabilizer bars to help reduce body roll in corners. Standard all-wheel steering keeps the SQ7 pointed ahead at higher speeds and reduces the turning radius in parking lots.

Aside from the requisite badging changes, plenty of visual upgrades distinguish the SQ7 from its sober siblings. These include quad exhaust tips and trim that extends into the Christmas-ham-sized air intakes. Inside are ventilated front sport seats with thicker bolsters to keep driver and passenger from slipping and sliding in turns.

Why does it matter?

Aside from the inherent benefit of being able to keep the kids in line with one squeeze of your right foot, the SQ7 gives you the ability to actually have some fun in your family hauler when you're flying solo. As long as Audi doesn't sacrifice the Q7's superlative comfort in the process, the SQ7 could prove to be one of the most desirable vehicles in the segment.

What does it compete with?

Though there's no shortage of hopped-up midsize SUVs, very few offer a three-row configuration. By our count, only the Lincoln Aviator and Land Rover Range Rover Sport have high-octane variants that make about 500 horsepower. Rival SUVs with three rows of seating and snorting V8s — including the BMW X7 M50i and Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 — are a size class larger and likely to be even more expensive than the SQ7.

Edmunds says

The 2020 Audi SQ7 starts with an excellent family crossover and adds even greater levels of performance. It has all the makings of an unbeatable family hauler, provided it retains the Q7's controlled and comfortable ride.