2021 Audi SQ7

MSRP range: $85,000 - $91,200
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MSRP$93,160
Edmunds suggests you pay$88,111

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2021 Audi SQ7 Review

  • 500-hp V8 moves the SQ7 with authority
  • Feels nimble around turns for such a big SUV
  • Premium cabin design
  • Cramped third-row seats
  • Infotainment system can be distracting to use
  • A heated steering wheel is now standard
  • Executive package now includes more leather surfaces
  • Part of the second Q7 generation introduced for 2017

The 2021 Audi SQ7 is a three-row luxury performance SUV. The Q7 was already one of our favorite luxury SUVs, and that capital S front of its name means it gets a whole host of performance upgrades. Most notable of the superhero upgrades is a 4.0-liter 500-horsepower turbocharged V8. Some design tweaks also help it stand out in a crowd.

There are more and more performance variants of SUVs hitting the market each year, so the SQ7 has plenty of potential rivals. You might look at mainly two-row SUVs such as the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Porsche Cayenne, or you might go bigger with the BMW X7 or Mercedes GLS. Among them, the SQ7's mix of three rows of standard seating, 500 hp and relatively reasonable pricing is pretty appealing. Check out our Expert Rating to learn more and get our in-depth take on the 2021 SQ7.

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If you take Audi's already excellent midsize three-row SUV, the Q7 and inject it with a big dose of turbo V8, you'd end up with the Audi SQ7. That's right, now you can have sports car-beating acceleration and bring the family along for the ride, with no compromises on comfort. This seven-passenger SUV can also tow up to 7,700 pounds, so none of your toys have to be left behind. The SQ7 is almost too good to be real.
You'd never guess by looking at the SQ7 that it could smoke your Supra off the line. But move it does, needing only 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standstill. That's quick by any measure, and it's becoming more of a common thread for these modern high-performance SUVs.

The SQ7 is no lightweight at 5,300 pounds, and you'll feel that weight if you try to hustle it through corners. But it moves respectably well and stops with confidence and grace. We like how accurate the steering is and its ability to relay when the front tires have exceeded their grip limits. When you're not in a hurry, the SQ7 delivers smooth and easy driving, with the exception of its stop-start system. Sometimes it cuts off the engine a beat too soon, leading to jerky stops, and then doesn't fire back up as smoothly as some other systems.
Despite its performance persuasion, the SQ7 delivers an abundance of everyday comfort. Credit goes largely to an excellently tuned air suspension. It manages to soak up road irregularities like a sponge without making the ride feel like Jell-O in the process. Our Prestige trim tester also included dual-pane windows that greatly reduced the ambient wind and surrounding noise. Thankfully, the growl of the 4.0-liter V8 engine is present when you want to hear it.

The SQ7 seats have excellent adjustability, providing hours of comfort on the road while offering the necessary lateral support to minimize side-to-side sloshing on a curvy road. Our tester's four-zone climate control was very effective, and the heated and ventilated front seats are significantly better than what BMW offers.
Audi's bold decision to go full touchscreen on its latest infotainment interface is controversial. Some of our experts found it distracting and easy to smudge, while others found it intuitive and uncluttered. We all agree the design is, at the very least, visually appealing.

The Q7's boxy greenhouse offers excellent outward visibility and plenty of room for passengers, as long as the third row is reserved for kid use only. Same goes for getting in and out; there's plenty of head clearance complemented by a relatively low step-in height, but access to the third row is cumbersome.

Further easing the stress of parking lots is the optional 360-degree camera system that provides a host of viewing angles for maneuvering in tight spots, including a 3D image as if you're looking at the car from outside.
The SQ7's infotainment interface is controversial, but you can't deny that the cabin tech looks fully modern and comes with plenty of features. We like that it supports wireless Apple CarPlay too. The upgraded Bang & Olufsen audio system sounds amazing, but it also costs a lot. We think the standard system should suit most buyers.

Audi's voice control system isn't as comprehensive as Mercedes' excellent MBUX system, but it's very good compared to most systems on the market. It will pull up an address or point of interest quickly, activate the driver's seat heater, or switch to a satellite radio station with ease.

Most driver aids are standard on the Prestige trim and well worth the money. We particularly like Audi's sharp 360-degree cameras that allow for multiple viewing angles, including one that looks at your vehicle from the outside.
Cargo capacity ranges from 14.2 cubic feet (behind the third row) to a max of 69.6 cubic feet with all rows folded — this would be about average for a standard three-row midsize SUV, but it's generous compared to other performance SUVs. The power-folding third-row seats are a nice touch and can fold in any second-row seat position. Interior storage is less impressive — the sizable door pockets are the best for stashing stuff.

A bit rare for the class are three sets of car seat anchors across the second row and two in the third row, providing some good options for child seat placement. Audi cites a 7,700-pound towing capacity for our SQ7 with the optional tow package, which is excellent.
The SQ7 is EPA-estimated to return 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway). We achieved a promising 20.4 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation loop, which falls in line with those estimates. Considering the performance delivered by this V8, the fuel economy is pretty decent, matching that of the similarly sized SQ8 but besting mpg from the more powerful BMW X5 M and Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S.
It's harder to see value in vehicles at this price point because emotion will ultimately rule the day. That said, the SQ7 delivers quite a good bang for your buck. Build quality is top-notch and modern, which is typical Audi, but not at the expense of function or comfort. Ideally specced, our SQ7 would ring in at $96K, which is far less than some of the other offerings in this class. In other words, it feels well worth the cost of admission.

Audi's warranty is pretty typical with basic and powertrain coverage for four years/50,000 miles and roadside assistance covered for four years/unlimited miles.
The SQ7 is no lightweight athlete, but it can still move around corners with surprising speed if you approach it with some finesse. The engine is surprisingly potent and makes wonderful noises, which is more than half of the fun. The optional sport package with torque vectoring and active roll control would make this a real party.

It's no secret that Audi pens some of the cleanest vehicle shapes in the industry. The SQ7 is beautiful, though it might be too subtle for some. It still scores high here for erring on the side of subtlety rather than exuberant flash.

Which SQ7 does Edmunds recommend?

Of the two available trims, we suggest going with the base Premium Plus model. It comes with plenty of standard features such as an adaptive suspension, LED lighting and a premium audio system. We also recommend adding the optional Driver Assistance package since it includes must-have driver aids such as adaptive cruise control.

Audi SQ7 models

The 2021 Audi SQ7 offers two trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige. Both are powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine (500 horsepower, 568 lb-ft of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Performance between the two trims is identical; the Prestige just offers more standard features.

Premium Plus
Besides a handful of performance upgrades, the SQ7 includes even more standard features than the regular Q7. Highlights include:

  • 21-inch wheels
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Adaptive air sport suspension
  • Power-adjustable, heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Digital gauge cluster display
  • Two touchscreen infotainment displays with navigation
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • 360-degree camera (gives you a top-down view of the SQ7 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)

Prestige
This builds off the Premium Plus, adding:

  • Dual-pane acoustic glass for front and rear windows
  • Power soft-closing doors (catch as they're being closed and gently pull shut)
  • Intersection assist (issues warning at up to 18 mph if cross-traffic is detected)
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the SQ7 and the car in front) with Traffic Jam Assist

Some of the Prestige's extra features are available on the Premium Plus as options. Other key add-ons include:

  • Black Optic package (dark exterior accents with summer performance tires)
  • Ventilated and massaging front seats
  • Towing package (increases trailering capacity up to 7,700 pounds)
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Sport package with active roll stabilization and sport differential (Prestige only)
  • Upgraded 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System (Prestige only)

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Audi SQ7.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
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    5/5 stars, All in one!!!
    Raj Goel,
    Prestige TFSI quattro 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)
    After owning 2nd gen loaded Q7, couldn’t be possible to top it, but this has topped it in every single area. 3rd option when needed otherwise similar as SQ8, so more practical, hence in my mind truer SUV and half the price of Urus with same engine and probably more options.


    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $85,000
    MPG & Fuel
    15 City / 21 Hwy / 17 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.5 gal. capacity
    Seating
    7 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: all wheel drive
    Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
    Engine
    V8 cylinder
    Horsepower: 500 hp @ N/A rpm
    Torque: 568 lb-ft @ N/A rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 199.6 in. / Height: 68.5 in. / Width: 77.6 in.
    Curb Weight: 5291 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite SQ7 safety features:

    Audi Pre Sense Front
    Uses sensors at the front of the car to warn you about an imminent front collision and can automatically apply the brakes.
    Audi Pre Sense Rear
    Reacts to an imminent rear-end collision by tensioning seat belts, closing windows and adjusting the seats for optimal protection.
    Audi Side Assist with Rear Cross-Traffic Assist and Vehicle Exit Warning
    Warns you if a vehicle is lurking in your blind spot and alerts passengers about to exit the car to approaching vehicles

    NHTSA Overall Rating

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
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    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.7%



    Audi SQ7 vs. the competition

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    2021 Audi SQ7

    2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

    2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

    Audi SQ7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

    The GLE is one of our top-rated luxury SUVs. It excels at just about everything — it's comfortable, well appointed, and available with plenty of tech. That said, unless you're getting the expensive AMG variant, the GLE can't match the SQ7's V8 power. It also lacks the Audi's standard all-wheel drive and third row of seating, though both are available as options. It's also not as spacious as the Q7, though Mercedes does offer the larger but more expensive GLS.

    Compare Audi SQ7 & Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class features 

    Audi SQ7 vs. BMW X5

    The BMW X5 in M50i trim is an intriguing alternative to the SQ7. Its V8 is slightly more powerful than the Audi's and is paired with standard all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, the M50i isn't available with a third row of seating. Like Mercedes-Benz, BMW offers a larger three-row model: the X7. But, like the Mercedes GLS, the X7 becomes significantly more expensive if you spec it to match both the SQ7's performance and features.

    Compare Audi SQ7 & BMW X5 features 

    Audi SQ7 vs. Porsche Cayenne

    The Cayenne is arguably the best-driving SUV in its class and one of the best on the road, period. Like the SQ7, the Cayenne strikes a good balance between sporty handling and comfortable road manners. It's available with a wide array of engines, including a hybrid model, but if you want a V8, expect to pay significantly more than the Audi. It's also not available with a third row, and Porsche doesn't offer an SUV with more space.

    Compare Audi SQ7 & Porsche Cayenne features 

    FAQ

    Is the Audi SQ7 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 SQ7 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about Audi SQ7 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the SQ7 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi SQ7. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Audi SQ7?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi SQ7:

    • A heated steering wheel is now standard
    • Executive package now includes more leather surfaces
    • Part of the second Q7 generation introduced for 2017
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    Is the Audi SQ7 reliable?

    To determine whether the Audi SQ7 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the SQ7. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the SQ7's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Audi SQ7 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi SQ7 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 SQ7 and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 SQ7 is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi SQ7?

    The least-expensive 2021 Audi SQ7 is the 2021 Audi SQ7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $85,000.

    Other versions include:

    • Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $85,000
    • Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $91,200
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    What are the different models of Audi SQ7?

    If you're interested in the Audi SQ7, the next question is, which SQ7 model is right for you? SQ7 variants include Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), and Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of SQ7 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Audi SQ7

    2021 Audi SQ7 Overview

    The 2021 Audi SQ7 is offered in the following submodels: SQ7 SUV. Available styles include Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), and Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). The 2021 Audi SQ7 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Audi SQ7 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2021 Audi SQ7?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi SQ7 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 SQ7 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 SQ7.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi SQ7 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 SQ7 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

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    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Audi SQ7?

    2021 Audi SQ7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)

    The 2021 Audi SQ7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $93,160. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi SQ7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $5,049 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $5,049 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $88,111.

    The average savings for the 2021 Audi SQ7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 5.4% below the MSRP.

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    2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)

    The 2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $100,555. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $4,764 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $4,764 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $95,791.

    The average savings for the 2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 4.7% below the MSRP.

    Which 2021 Audi SQ7s are available in my area?

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    What is the MPG of a 2021 Audi SQ7?

    2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
    17 compined MPG,
    15 city MPG/21 highway MPG

    2021 Audi SQ7 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
    17 compined MPG,
    15 city MPG/21 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG17
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Drive Trainall wheel drive
    Displacement4.0 L
    Passenger VolumeN/A
    WheelbaseN/A
    Length199.6 in.
    Width77.6 in.
    Height68.5 in.
    Curb Weight5291 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi SQ7?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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