The 267bhp Q7 and the entry-level 215bhp model come in two trim lines: SE (£50,340) and S Line (£53,835). The SQ7 is priced at £70,970.
Expensive options include the £10,000 ceramic brakes fitted to the SQ7. These are actually worth investing in if you plan to do any spirited driving in your SQ7.
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Porsche’s Cayenne has historically been the drivers’ SUV of choice, somehow channelling Porsche’s spirit into a much larger, heavier vehicle. It still has the edge dynamically in this class, but in other areas it’s now showing its age against BMW’s latest X5, which can also be had with a third row of seats to match the Audi’s practicality.
Mercedes’ new GLE matches the Q7 for quality and a sense of occasion, and also offers a wider range of engines than Audi can currently provide, including a 435bhp petrol and even a 577bhp Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S version.
Meanwhile, Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport certainly has the kerbside appeal many in this sector crave, and an element of genuine off-road ability. It’s a competitive sector then, but one the Audi fits into the middle of quite nicely, with frugality, image and practicality. All it really lacks are the driving dynamics of the best here.