The latest move on the popular car manufacturer is to produce the new model with a diesel engine, the 2017 Audi SQ7 TDI. The Bentley Bentayga and Audi Q7 share same underpinnings but they belong to slightly different segments eventually. The Audi SQ7, a derivative on the Q7 is another instance.
2017 Audi SQ7 TDI – Absolutely Lavish Design:
As it is, the exterior styling of 2017 Audi SQ7 is not drastically different from that of sibling Q7! The aluminum accents replace chrome accents in this model and it gets larger lower air intakes below the grille. The wheel choices are aplenty. It is a 7 seater vehicle but you can also opt for 5 seater configuration. It will be sold in a dozen different exterior hues.
The cabin of 2017 Audi SQ7 is absolutely lavish looking and attention to detail should be praised. You can have upholstery choices and seats are pretty good. Even the rear row can be ideal for three adults, with no one jostling for space. Third-row space is not as abundant but that is not uncommon in this segment either. Boot space is decent and flexible. Audi’s large 12.3-inch virtual cockpit is there and it is excellent. Some aluminum inserts have been used in the cabin.
The 2017 Audi SQ7 gets active safety systems that include hill hold assist, cruise control, active lane assist, cross-traffic assist, 360 degrees surround view and reversing camera. The traffic jam assist is a nice feature and this indicates Audi’s penchant for introducing so-called autonomous motoring in its upcoming cars.
The Audi’s MMI infotainment setup is present and it has been beefed up to an extent. You may opt for MMI all-in-touch and MMI navigation plus. It also comes with embedded 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot if you go for the Audi Connect package. Audiophiles will go gaga over the Bang and Olufsen sound setup with 23 speakers. You may also opt for the 19 speakers Bose sound system. It is tedious to pick between them, they are so good. The rear-seat entertainment system is there.
2017 Audi SQ7 – Engine Specs and Acceleration:
The new model has a powerful diesel engine beneath its bonnet that will satisfy acceleration mongers. It reaches 60 mph from 0 in less than 5 seconds. That is only natural given the fact it is a twin turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 diesel engine which makes 435 HP. The engine is clubbed with an eight-speed automatic transmission unit. Audi has included switchable dampers and height-adjustable air suspension with it. There are various drive modes including one sports mode.
2017 Audi SQ7 – Price and Final Statment:
The 2017 model is not for the faint-hearted buyers! Its base price is $90,000 and with customizations that can shoot up further.
The new model is a nice and features rich vehicle that has a powerful engine and some cutting edge tech embedded. The style and customization options are aplenty. However, for a lot of people who have liked the Q7, this may come as an overpriced variant.