Audi SQ7 TDI 2020 review – performance and 0-60 time

Audi’s biggest S model digs deep into its technical arsenal to create a talented, if somewhat joyless SUV, but then aren’t they all?

Evo rating
Price
from £70,970

For the SQ7’s 4-litre turbocharged V8 diesel to propel the leviathan that this Audi is, it needs to produce some equally enormous figures. Thankfully it does. The SQ7’s diesel makes 429bhp from 3750 to 5000rpm. But that’s not as impressive as the amount of torque it produces – 664lb ft from a ludicrously low 1000rpm. So despite weighing 2330kg, which does seem fitting for its immense size, it can reach 62mph from rest in 4.9sec – that’s over half a second quicker than an F-type convertible, albeit it a four-cylinder one. The SQ7's top speed is limited to 155mph.

The SQ7 doesn’t just perform like a petrol SUV, it behaves more like one, too. Diesels, typically, don’t respond well to being revved; changing up halfway through the rev range to utilise their torque often seems most effective. The SQ7’s sequential turbochargers make the diesel V8 far more entertaining to drive all the way to the red line. You get real, responsive performance close to the 5000rpm rev limit.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

With the SQ7’s engine in Dynamic mode it's as raucous and as brash as you’d want your performance SUV to sound. And at anything other than idle you could be forgiven for thinking it was a petrol V8 from within the cabin. The sound from outside isn’t as bombastic, but the deep burbling you do hear is pleasant and befitting of the remarkable performance. The biggest problem is that it sounds so good, and the noise disguises what fuel it’s running on so well that a 5000rpm rev limit almost feels too low

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/seat/leon-cupra/22765/new-2020-cupra-leon-revealed-cupra-hits-back-with-hot-hatch-and-estate
SEAT Leon Cupra

New 2020 Cupra Leon revealed

Cupra’s launched not just one, but a whole range of hot Leons to rival the rapidly expanding hot hatch class in 2020
21 Feb 2020
Visit/used-cars/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
21 Feb 2020
Visit/saloons/202277/bmw-m5-competition-v-mercedes-amg-e63-s-600bhp-supersaloons-go-head-to-head
Saloons

BMW M5 Competition v Mercedes-AMG E63 S - 600bhp supersaloons go head-to-head 

The BMW M5 Competition and Mercedes-AMG E63 S both boast more than 600bhp, 0-62 times in the threes, and massive road presence. Which begs the questio…
22 Feb 2020
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019