2020 Audi SQ7

MSRP range: $84,800 - $90,400
Edmunds suggests you pay$81,627

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2020 Audi SQ7 Review

  • Twin-turbo 500-hp V8 moves the SQ7 with authority
  • Four-wheel steering keeps the big SUV feeling nimble
  • 48-volt hybrid system provides added acceleration from a standstill
  • Cramped third-row seats
  • Infotainment system can be distracting to use
  • The SQ7 is new for 2020
  • Kicks off the first SQ7 generation

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 performance variant of its all-wheel-drive Q7 crossover to address your oddly specific needs. The 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.

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 roll stabilization to help reduce body movement 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. 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.

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 a formidable family hauler, provided it retains the Q7's controlled and comfortable ride.

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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 is amazing, but it also costs a pretty penny. 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.
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 emulating the Honda Civic Type R.

Which SQ7 does Edmunds recommend?

The SQ7 Premium Plus is an excellent choice for its starting price. The standard V8 engine, all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission are a winning formula, and it comes with an extensive list of features usually found on outrageously expensive luxury cars. It showcases much of the best equipment Audi has to offer, and most of the extra comforts in the higher-level Prestige trim are available as add-ons if you so choose.

Audi SQ7 models

The 2020 Audi SQ7 offers two trim levels. The Prestige Plus includes a number of sumptuous features that cement its luxury SUV status. The Prestige trim takes things even further with advanced creature comforts. Highlight features include:

Premium Plus
Starts you off with:

  • Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine (500 horsepower, 568 lb-ft of torque)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • 15.8-inch ventilated front brakes and 13.8-inch ventilated rears
  • Adaptive air sport suspension
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Heated front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with paddle shifters

Technology and safety features include:

  • 10.1-inch upper infotainment touchscreen and 8.6-inch lower touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • 3D premium surround sound
  • Top-view camera system with 360-degree view
  • 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)

Takes all features in the Premium Plus and adds:

  • 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 front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Panoramic sunroof

Technology and safety features include:

  • Multicolor ambient lighting
  • 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 vehicle and the car in front) with Traffic Jam Assist

Main optional features and packages
Also available on either SQ7 Premium Plus and Prestige trims unless otherwise noted:

  • Black Optic package with 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 with subscription
  • Sport package with active roll stabilization and sport differential (Prestige only)
  • 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System (Prestige only)

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    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.

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    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

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    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

    Audi SQ7 vs. the competition

    Audi SQ7 vs. BMW X7

    The X7 M50i is an aggressive version of the largest vehicle in BMW's lineup. It has more horsepower and quicker acceleration than the SQ7, with increased cooling to manage its turbo V8. But the X7 M50i is also a significant step up in price from the SQ7, so unless you're an M aficionado, the Audi should work quite nicely.

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    Audi SQ7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

    The GLE 580 is a Mercedes SUV that comes with a turbocharged V8 and mild hybrid system to increase efficiency. But because it has less power than the SQ7, the GLE 580 undercuts it in price by thousands. We suggest using the savings to add Mercedes' phenomenal E-Active Body Control suspension.

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    Audi SQ7 vs. Land Rover Range Rover Sport

    Armed with a roaring 5.0-liter V8, the Range Rover Sport P525 HSE is the closest match to the SQ7 in starting price. It also has a much larger fuel tank to ensure you'll fill up less often than Audi owners. Cramped cargo capacity is one area of concern, but its looks and athleticism are an enticing combination.

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    Is the Audi SQ7 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 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 2020 Audi SQ7?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Audi SQ7:

    • The SQ7 is new for 2020
    • Kicks off the first SQ7 generation
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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 2020 Audi SQ7 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Audi SQ7 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 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 2020 SQ7 is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 Audi SQ7?

    The least-expensive 2020 Audi SQ7 is the 2020 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 $84,800.

    Other versions include:

    • Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $84,800
    • Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $90,400
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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

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    2020 Audi SQ7 Overview

    The 2020 Audi SQ7 is offered in the following submodels: SQ7 SUV. Available styles 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).

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