Audi SQ7

The Q7 is offered in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims. Power is provided by a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque while returning an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. With quattro all-wheel drive, power is put to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Optional on those trims and standard on the Prestige is turbocharged 3.0L V6 that delivers 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The engine will propel the 4,938-pound Q7 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, with an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. An 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic function puts power to all four wheels courtesy of Audi's quattro system.

With the second- and third-row seatbacks folded down, cargo capacity is 69.6 cubic-feet; even with the second-row seats in place, capacity is still a generous 35.7 cubic feet. Steering is courtesy of an electromechanical power steering unit, while suspension front and rear is via a 5-link independent setup. Stopping power comes through ventilated disc brakes -- 13.8 inches in the front and rear.

Q7 Premium trims are well-equipped and come with Audi's signature Single frame grille, 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and heated power-adjustable and power-folding side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. Leather seating graces the interior, with heated power front seats, 40/20/40 second-row seats and 50/50 power split folding third-row seats.

Three-zone automatic climate control, one-touch up/down power windows, a power tilt/telescopic multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, ambient LED lighting and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are all standard.

Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are also included, along with a dual-screen setup for the infotainment system, a 10-speaker audio system with HD radio and SiriusXM satellite radio, cruise control, Homelink Universal garage door opener and auto start/stop engine technology.

Advanced safety features include automatic windshield wipers and headlights, the Audi pre sense suite of accident avoidance systems that detects vehicles and pedestrians and begins emergency procedures, parking system plus with a rear camera and Audi drive select, which allows drivers to adjust the Q7's driving characteristics based upon conditions.

The Audi Q7 comes properly equipped many multiple safety systems including Lane departure warning, Audi pre sense basic, forward collision mitigation, Audi pre sense city and Audi parking system plus.

Several packages are available across the Q7 model range. The Black Optic Package brings 21-inch wheels, black roof rails and black high-gloss styling accents. The Executive package includes heated rear seats, Audi Adaptive Cruise Assist with Traffic Jam Assist, rear door sunshades, vented front seats, and Audi Active Lane Assist with Emergency Assist. The Premium Plus package comes with a Bose 3D surround sound, wireless charging, heated steering wheel with paddles, Topview camera system, virtual 360 view and illuminated door sills.

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Editors' First Take

Little more than a decade ago, if you wanted an Audi that could hit 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds, your local dealer would've had exactly one model to show you: the company's brand-new R8 supercar, packing a 4.2-liter V8 and six-digit price tag. Today, that same salesperson might unexpectedly walk you over to an 2021 Audi SQ7, if only to watch your cerebrum twist itself into a pretzel. Like Audi's now-iconic mid-engined supercar, this brand-new SUV has also arrived packing a TFSI V8 and a price tag that, yes, can exceed six digits. 

Funny thing, though: This three-row utility vehicle has a lot more power, torque and it gets better fuel economy. See? As it turns out, 2020 isn't all bad.

Believe it or not, the heavyweight crossover seen on these digital pages would actually give Audi's first-generation sports car a serious run for its money from stoplight to freeway merge. Packing 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, the SQ7 even has a vastly more power-dense engine -- the naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 in Ye (Not So) Olde 2008 R8 Coupe only mustered 420 hp and 317 lb-ft and that powerplant, friends, was a landmark moment in metallurgy.

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