Say goodbye to turbo lag. With its electric powered compressor, the Audi SQ7 TDI* storms ahead with full power the moment the accelerator is depressed. It corners as nimbly as a sports sedan, but at 5.07 meters (16.6 ft) in length offers room for up to seven persons. When it comes to assistance systems, the SUV is the world champion in its segment.
A push of the red-rimmed start button and the V8 diesel comes to life with a deep rumble that promises real power: 435 hp and 900 Newton meters (663.8 lb-ft) from 1,000 rpm. The SQ7 TDI delivers full power right away thanks to a world’s first: the electric powered compressor that supports the two turbochargers at low engine speeds. Turbo lag – that’s history. The energy is provided by the 48 volt electrical subsystem, a new technology in this segment. The 100 km/h (62.1 mph) mark falls in less than five seconds, and acceleration continues up to 250 km/h (155.3 mph). This doesn’t mean that the SUV is particularly thirsty, however. It consumes on average just 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers (32.7 US mpg).
With the innovative, electromechanical active roll stabilization, cornering
is just as much fun as in a sports sedan. The SQ7 TDI can be driven even faster through sharp corners and remains stable at the limit thanks to the sport differential. All-wheel steering allows the 5.07 meter 16.6 ft) long SUV to be easily maneuvered into parking spaces or around corners. Standard all-wheel drive is at the ready for both snowy mountain passes and off-road adventures. No matter how rough the road may be, the air suspension with a continuously variable, electronically controlled damper system ensures that the passengers don’t notice a thing.
The choice of 24 assistance systems is unmatched in the segment. In slow-moving traffic on well-paved roads, the traffic jam assist can take over the steering at speeds up to 65 km/h (40.4 mph) – a pre-stage of piloted driving. On top of that, the SQ7 TDI helps to stay in the lane, brakes in hazardous situations, monitors oncoming traffic when turning left and detects pedestrians and animals in the dark.
The infotainment line up is also top-notch. Audi equips the SQ7 TDI with a sophisticated system with a large touchpad. The driver can control it using a free text search function and natural voice commands. To call a contact, the driver can just say “I want to call Peter Miller.” The system also has a quick answer for questions like “Where is the closest gas station?” That is both convenient and safe. An 8.3-inch monitor or the all-digital Audi virtual cockpit visualize it all. Its 12.3-inch color display is the groundbreaking alternative to the conventional dial instruments and presents all information as tack-sharp graphics. If desired, a head-up display projects data from the assistance and navigation systems onto the windshield in the driver’s direct field of vision. For audio enthusiasts, Audi offers the optional Bose sound system and Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 3D sound. Loudspeakers in the A-pillars depict the spatial dimension of height.
The SQ7 TDI goes online with an LTE module. In addition to accessing parking and traffic information, drivers can tweet and view the navigation map using Google Earth and Google Street View. The flat rate data plan required for this is included thanks to the new SIM card that is permanently installed in the vehicle. It also permits roaming in most European countries, which is very practical while on vacation. The Wi-Fi hotspot connects the passengers’ smartphones and tablets to the world wide web. But that’s not all. Drivers can use the Audi MMI connect app on their smartphone or smartwatch to lock and unlock their SQ7 TDI or to call up where they parked and the status of the car.
Orders for the Audi SQ7 TDI will be accepted in Europe beginning this spring. Prices in Germany start at 89,900 euros. Compared to the Q7*, it features an expanded range of standard equipment valued at roughly 10,000 euros.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.