The 2020 Audi SQ7 joins the brand's lineup in the U.S., the high performance version of the Audi Q7 (covered separately). The SQ7 gets a V8 engine with 500 horsepower, an improved suspension, and more aggressive styling. The interior gets in on the fun with sport seats, leather upholstery with contrast stitching, and two high-resolution touchscreens – in place of the familiar Audi MMI rotary dial.
2020 Audi SQ7 Overview
Choosing Your Audi SQ7
The Audi SQ7 is available in two trims: Premium Plus and Prestige. Premium Plus models are priced from $85,795 including destination, while the Prestige costs $91,395.
All SQ7 models are powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. This motor produces 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, and gets the SQ7 from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Power is supplied to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy is boosted with a 48-volt mild hybrid system including energy recuperation, but it only stands at an EPA-estimated 15 miles per gallon city, 21 mpg highway, and 17 combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the Audi SQ7 has yet to be confirmed. It can seat seven passengers across three rows. There's 38.8 inches of leg room in the second row, and 29.2 inches in the third.
The SQ7 comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, a vehicle exit warning system, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and a surround-view camera system.
Moving up to the Prestige brings adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition. These features are available on the Premium Plus for $1,750 through the Driver Assistance package.
Night vision with pedestrian and large animal detection is a $2,500 option exclusive to Prestige buyers.
Behind the steering wheel, Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit combines instrumentation and other key information. The dashboard is dominated by a 10.1-inch upper touchscreen and an 8.6-inch lower touchscreen. The infotainment system includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, HD radio, satellite radio, and Bluetooth.
Standard: 12.3 driver info display, navigation, 10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower touch, wireless ACP/AA, front/rear USB ports, HD radio, sat radio, wireless charging/signal booster,
Prestige: replacing the MMI controller with a touch response system offering haptic feedback. There’s wireless Apple CarPlay, but Android Auto requires smartphones to be connected via a USB cable. However, both models receive wireless device charging and signal boosting, while a 3D surround sound system can be powered by media from front and rear USB data/charging ports.
As you’d expect, even the most affordable SQ7 wants for seemingly nothing in terms of features and creature comforts. The cabin features a sunroof, Valcona leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, memory functionality for the driver's seat, heated front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, and a power steering column.
On the outside, there's LED headlights and taillights, 21-inch, five-spoke wheels, an adaptive air suspension, a hands-free power tailgate, roof rails, power-folding and heated side mirrors with memory, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and keyless entry and start.
For $2,000, the Executive Package adds several noteworthy features, such as ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and more.
The $5,600 uptick to the Prestige package brings adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, power soft-closing doors, dual-pane acoustic glass on the side windows, and aluminum-optic touch-sensitive interior buttons.
Despite its hefty purchase price, it’s easy to get carried away with options on Prestige models. The Luxury package ($3,650) adds massage-capable front seats, memory for the passenger seat, a black Alcantara headliner, and leather for the armrests, center console, and instrument panel.
Unless safety is paramount, we’d recommend the 2020 Audi SQ7 Premium Plus. The SQ7 is an expensive car even in this guise, though high-mileage drivers might welcome the added safety features in the Driver Assistance package.