The high performance 2020 Audi SQ7 begins at $161,500 plus on-road costs. Audi says this is $400 less than the previous SQ7 despite the face-lifted model picking up additional equipment worth $15,000.
Standard equipment includes 22-inch alloy wheels, S adaptive air suspension, a suite of driver assistance aids, and LED matrix headlights with Audi laser light technology that the brand claims doubles the range of high beam lights.
Inside, the 2020 SQ7 gets the dash from the refreshed Q8 SUV, featuring a 10.1-inch touchscreen up top for navigation and Audi Connect Plus features with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an 8.6-inch touchscreen below for cabin and suspension controls.
Audi’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster also features, able to display essential vehicle information or overlay a Google map display in front of the driver.
Standard S sport seats come upholstered in a diamond-pattern stitched Valcona leather with heating as standard and can be optioned with ventilation. An optional sensory package wraps the dashboard in leather, covers the headliner and doors in Alcantara and upgrades the sound system.
The model also receives a panoramic sunroof as standard.
Externally, the face-lifted 2020 Audi SQ7 gets a revised grille with black highlights package that blacks out window sills, side mirrors and a side accent panel.
A new tail lamp design is joined by an aluminium strip on the rear hatch, and an Audi S-specific diffuser with a honeycomb insert houses quad oval tailpipes with sound actuation technology.
The 2020 Audi SQ7 gets the same 320kW/900Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel V8 engine as the current SQ7.
Like the current model, power is sent to all wheels through an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
The engine is equipped with an electric powered compressor that can generate an additional 7kW to fill in any throttle lag for the two turbochargers, and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that is capable of emissions-free coasting between 55-160km/h.
Audi claims the mild-hybrid system can save up to 0.5 litres/100km of driving and its 0.5kWh battery pack can recover up to 8kW of power while the car is coasting. The SQ7's fuel consumption is listed at 7.6 litres per 100km.
The 2020 SQ7 is able to cover the 0-100km/h dash in a claimed 4.8 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited 250km/h top speed. Audi says this makes it the fastest diesel seven-seater SUV in the world.
Underneath, the SQ7 gets 400mm front disc brakes with a carbon ceramic option that Audi claims halves the weight of the assembly, 350mm rear brakes and active roll stabilisation that can stiffen the anti-sway bars as required mid-corner.
An all-wheel steering system allows up to five degrees of steering angle in the rear wheels at low speed. Audi claims this reduces the turning circle for the SQ7 by 1.1m to 12.4m – less than the brand’s compact Q3 SUV's turning circle.
At high speeds the system turns the rear wheels up to two degrees in the same direction as the front wheels to increase stability.
A dynamic package can be optioned which adds a sports differential that can redistribute torque between wheels depending on their varying levels of grip.
The 2020 Audi SQ7 comes equipped with a wide suite of safety features. Audi ‘pre-sense’ basic offers a host of features including turn assist, adaptive cruise control and assist, hold assist, traffic pilot, pre-tensioning seat belts and autonomous collision avoidance assist.
A ‘pre-sense rear’ package includes such tech as trailer manoeuvre and park assist.
Attention Assist – a warning system that alerts drivers that their focus may be waning – also helps keep drivers safe.
The 2020 Audi SQ7 is available now and can be purchased through Audi’s new online reservation system. Additional details of the online purchasing system can be found here.
2020 Audi SQ7 pricing
- SQ7 TDI – $161,500
Price excludes on-road costs.