There are a lot of German cars that the U.S. market doesn’t get. Some of which are forgettable and we don’t really care. Some, though, make us yearn for them with great jealousy. The Audi SQ7 TDI falls into the latter group. So the closest we can get to actually driving it is watching videos like these POVs from AutoTopNL.
Packing a triple-turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 diesel, the Audi SQ7 TDI is a beast. It makes 435 hp and a monstrous 664 lb-ft of torque. That latter figure is the important one, as that’s where diesels show their worth and what can propel this massive SUV from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. That’s not bonkers fast but considering that’s about as fast as a Ferrari 360 in a two ton-plus diesel SUV, it’s plenty fast enough.
What’s even better is that it’s actually an exciting SUV. Despite having a diesel engine, it’s surprising sonorous. It makes a deep, grumbly burble at low revs that sounds menacing and an angry growl at higher rpms. It’s never a screamer, obviously as diesels just aren’t, but it’s a surprisingly interesting sounding engine. Thank Audi for some clever exhaust tuning and trickery for that.
It’s also a competent handler. With active anti-roll bars and an active air suspension, it handles far better than a two-ton SUV should. It’s no scalpel, mind you, and it’s not even as nimble as say a BMW X6 M or Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, but it’s surprisingly capable and fun to drive. It’s more of a dancing elephant that proper super SUV.
We love the Audi SQ7. There just aren’t many SUVs with so much character, so much anger. And the best part about it is that it’s a diesel. Which sort of makes it one of a kind. If only it came to America.