The Q7 is Audi’s range of crossover SUV’s and they are proving to be extremely popular in multiple markets at this moment in time. The Q7 series have been available to purchase since 2005 and just last year, the Q7 underwent its biggest change as the second generation was unveiled. So, just a year later there is now an S version, so what has actually changed?
Well there have been two major changes that have really made the SQ7 stand for something special. There is an update to the engine and as an optional improvement to the luxury vehicle; there is an upgrade to the chassis which can be regarded as revolutionary. Other than this, there are very few changes that can be seen. The exterior remains simple but classy which really hides how well this machine can actually perform. There is a new grille, head and tail lights and door cladding. The interior has had the same treatment. But, with extra money spent, there can be better levels of trim.
The engine however is an extremely innovative piece of automotive manufacturing. The engine installed is a 4.0 litre V8 diesel engine with an electronically driven compressor (EDC). You would usually find an EDC in the engine of a Formula 1 car. So therefore, the technology installed in the SQ7 is remarkable. To prove this, the SUV can produce 435hp, 664lb of torque, will do 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and, has an electronically limited speed of 155mph. So the EDC helps the vehicle to move but, the electronically driven compressor does even more as it also improves emissions too. So Audi’s new SUV could be the greenest and the quickest SUV on the market.
The upgrade to the chassis includes an electromechanical active roll stabilisation which allows for the next generation of car handling. This new technology ensures that there is less roll on bends, the vehicle will be less inclined to understeer which then, allows for better corner acceleration and faster cornering.
The Audi SQ7 is vehicle which seems to be paving the way for new SUV’s. But, there is a rather large price tag. Starting at £70,970 the optional add-ons can make the vehicle extremely expensive. For example, the chassis upgrade will set you back around £7,000, so is it worth purchasing? You decide…