One of the biggest talking points of the Audi SQ7 TDI when it first debuted was its advanced active roll stabilization. Essentially, it uses the car’s 48-volt electrical system to actively control the body roll through corners. When it debuted on the SQ7, it impressed a lot of journalists and critics who felt that it made a huge difference in how the big Audi SUV handled. That same tech also made its way to the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus, all performance SUVs underneath the VW Group umbrella. Now, though, that same tech has made its way to a non-performance SUV — the new Audi Q7 facelift.
The newly facelifted Audi Q7 brings a lot of new features, such as a new exterior design and the latest Touch Response MMI system. However, I think the most significant is actually this new Active Roll Stabilization. That’s because what it can do for the handling of the Q7 will keep it dynamically competitive with all of its new, and very good, competitors.
So what does Active Roll Stabilization actually do? Well, it uses electrically-controlled anti-roll bars to keep the body as flat and as neutral as possible. It does so by essentially twisting the anti-roll bar in the center during corners, thus applying opposite torque to either side of the roll bar. In doing so through a corner, it helps to push the loaded side of the car up and the unloaded side of the car down, thus vastly reducing body roll. Not only does it help reduce body roll but it can also help reduce understeer, something that Quattro-equipped SUVs can struggle with.
Will most Audi Q7 buyers actually notice or appreciate this tech? Probably not, to be honest. Most customers will ever drive their Q7s hard enough through corners to ever even realize what’s happening. However, for those customers that do know and those that will drive their Q7s hard enough, it will be very impressive. This is the sort of tech that’s typically reserved for performance machines, not grocery-getters. So to have it in a standard Audi Q7 is quite impressive.