If you want to drive your family at 150 mph the Audi SQ7 could be for you
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If you want to drive your family at 150 mph the Audi SQ7 could be for you

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[SOUND] Are you the type of person that wakes up in the morning and thinks, you know what? My child carrying SUV just isn't fast or powerful enough. I wanna experience the delights of [UNKNOWN] 62 in less than 5 seconds and my children need to feel what [INAUDIBLE] 255 miles an hour is like. If that's you, congratulations, you're mental. But also, in luck! Audi has released just the car for you. This is the SQ7. [SOUND] [MUSIC] Audi's Q7 is not a bad car at all. It's like a normal Audi but massive. It offers space, technology, and an interesting look. Get one in black and you'll look like you gutted Darth Vader for a ride, but still each to their own. The interior is covered in two things. One, fabulous materials. And two, technology. There's loads of this stuff. There's connectivity, bluetooth, and readouts, and touch sensitive things, and Basically everything you could possibly want. But my favorite bit is the virtual cockpit, like the one you get in the ADTT. Because all the information you could possibly want is right in your eyeline. And it means you don't have to bother with the slide behind the screen. That means you can legitimately ignore your passengers because your concentrating very intently on the road and your cockpit. Which is good. Let's say you've had an argument with one of the Or they've just spilt ice cream all over your flawless leather. Because being the person you are your SQ 7 is here to transport your family around, not simply be a bit car for one. As such you can have seating for seven, serving space for all who need it no matter the size. So it's big, it's practical and it's full of toys. That much we know. It's also really fast. It's got a 4 [UNKNOWN] and diesel V8 engine that kicks out 429 break horsepower and 663 pounds foot. Audi says it will do naught to 62 in 4.9 seconds and it's top speed is limited to a 155 miles an hour, which is But it's believable considering it has all of the torque. Like all of it in a little box that just fires the car down the road. Audi also says it'll manage nearly 40 mpg in UK money. As the shampoo ads used to say, now for the science bit. It's got all its grunt thanks to what is essentially a tri-charge setup. A big turbo for when you are going to quickly. A little one for low down squirts. And an electrically powered compressor that spins up to 70,000 rpm to keep air flowing around the induction system. Which keeps the engine as responsive as possible. It sounds very complicated, and is apparently a production car first. So that means you should have a car that can do pretty much everything. And you know what? We've had a few hours with it in lovely Basil, where the weather has been everything And I've been playing with a couple of modes most of all. The first is, concert. It is like driving in butter. It's unbelievably smooth. It will go off road, as I shall demonstrate now. [BLANK_AUDIO] See, I was off the road and that's probably about as much SQ70's going to do. But I can see, and it's a weird image, some people taking these on a circuit, because in dynamic mode, it's a bit of a beast. It sounds proper meaty, I mean it's a bit quiet inside the car, but crack the window [NOISE] And it sounds really, really good. But of course sticking it to dynamic turns the wakeup and everything becomes more aggressive. So the gearbox goes into sport and then it just goes into angry mode. And it flies, it absolutely flies. But here's the thing. When you nail the throttle from red. You can feel yourself be pushed back a little bit in the seat. You know, proper standard acceleration stuff. But when you're on the motorway, when you're giving it some just in general, the sensation of speed is somewhat lost. You don't feel like you're going that quickly. What it does do though, that three charger sets up. As they say that, it's eliminated turbo lag forever. And I couldn't say that really. If there is a perceivable amount, you have to be some kind of superhuman to get it because its talk is available from so low down. Pin the throttle and bang, you're gone. The gear box is It's really good actually. It's very smooth. It's very precise. It's not slow. It's not nasty. It's a proper bit of kick. In sport mode it does become super aggressive. And once it was taking off giving it some and the change was really quite violent but in the best possible way. Designed to feel Like you just bought a sporty car because this is what the S car are there supposed to be that spec above the normal ones that little bit quicker that little bit more aggressive. You can expect carbons ceramic brakes for this thing. They look really well in this application. Their easy to modulate their not to aggressive when you are just around town. But when you're on it you can stomp them and they manage to hold too in a bit tongue. The [UNKNOWN] blue SUV, no bad thing at all. What you can feel though is you can definitely feel the weight of the car when you're going into a corner you can feel its bulk moving. It does has trick suspension, it's got air springs so it will pump up one side of the car to try and eliminate that. It's not the most rigid car in the world, but it is an SUV so I wouldn't expect it to feel like Like that. Now, something I'm not really a fan of is the fact is has two screens, because why not just commit to one like they did in the TT? The virtual cockpit gives me all the information I need, so why not just have it? Why do we need that? It seems extraneous It's unnecessary. Other than that, things I'm not a fan of, it's not the prettiest thing in the world, even with all the S bits on it. And yes, while it is very fast, and it is quite fun, it's still not the most engaging car to drive, but you do have to give it Some room because it is an SUV. It's also massive, it's so big. So if you live on a street that's say, approaching narrow, you will find yourself instinctively breathing in just to try and bring the car in a little bit. That's not ideal for say, countries with small roads, like England. Hmm. But America, you guys will be fine and you're getting this car. You can have an SQ7. What do you think about this is up against? You've got what? BMW X5M50D. You've got a Range Rover with a V8 diesel. But actually, performance wise, this is more on par With the supercharged V8 petrol Range Rover Sport. While it's not as raucous as the Range Rover it also doesn't feel as Range Rover-y. This does feel immensely German. The materials, they're very luxurious. And the interior design is very good. But it's also quite stark. It feels quite clinical. It's Well it's a designer kitchen on wheels, essentially. And some people like that kind of thing but i think the Range Rover offers you a little bit more, well it's a bit more homely. This goes about it's job with scalpel like precision and it does it very very well. And for some, that's perfect. For others You might something with a little bit more soul. What impresses most is the sheer speed of this thing. I'm not sure many would go for its high price, but those who do will have some fun. As will, no doubt, their kids. So what Audi's made here, it feels very strange because its So fast. But it's also so comfortable and so smooth when you want it to be. It's a car of many faces and it seems to wear pretty much all of them very well. [MUSIC]

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