One of the cars that Audi sells in Europe but we wish sold here in the ‘States is the Audi SQ7 TDI. The hulking twin-turbo V8 diesel that powers the SQ7 in Europe is killer, thanks to its 435 hp and 663 lb-ft. It also gets an electric turbocharger of sorts, called an EPC (Electric-Powered Compressor), which helps to mitigate turbo-lag and make the engine more responsive. So it’s an awesome engine for an SUV. In this new video from Lovecars, we get to see the newly facelifted SQ7 TDI and why it’s so good.
That engine is the star of the show, really. It provides so much torque and low-down thrust that even the heavy SQ7 feels fast because of it. In this video, Lovecars’ Paul Woodman makes some good points about the Audi SQ7 and how it fits into the rest of the performance SUV category.
While fast and luxurious, the big Audi is far from alone in the segment. There are cars like the Porsche Cayenne S, BMW X5 M50d and Mercedes-AMG GLE53. However, the SQ7 is the best bang-for-your-buck and it’s the only car of the bunch to have seven seats. Those additional two seats are as-standard kit, too.
So not only is the Audi SQ7 TDI a shockingly fast car but it’s also a practical one. It can hurl you down the Autobahn at frankly ridiculous speeds and also pick the kids up from football practice with all of their friends and their gear. So it’s an astonishingly well-rounded machine.
It looks good, too (even if I’m not sure I like the facelift version better or not), and sports a fantastic interior. Its seats are wonderful, fit and finish is excellent and its tech is top-notch.
Sure, the Audi SQ7 is expensive and it’s not going to be for everyone but there are few things it can’t do and it seems like an incredible all-around daily driver for the money.
Thankfully, we will be getting an Audi SQ7 here in America, it just won’t be the diesel model that Europe gets. Instead of the diesel engine, it gets a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 gasoline engine, with 500 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. One could argue it’s the better engine of the two SQ7s, thanks to its more charismatic nature and proper V8 rumble. However, it’s down on torque and is less efficient. To be honest, we wouldn’t really care which one we get, so long as we get one.