After announced some time ago, the all-new 2023 Audi AQ7 enters the scene into a graceful way, presenting itself as a classic family car with an extremely muscular design.
Exterior: A Subdued Beast That Demands Attention
The 2023 Audi SQ7 gracefully enters the scene, presenting a classic yet subtly powerful exterior. Standing as a family SUV, it may seem reserved compared to its RSQ8 counterpart, but its prowess is undeniable. The quad exhausts and a subtle roof spoiler hint at its sportier nature, while the Matador Red Metallic paint elevates its aesthetics. The SQ7 may appear understated at first, but with the right paint color and optional exterior kits, it transforms itself into a statement of elegance and sportiness.
A Palette of Personalization
Choosing the right paint color is crucial; the Matador Red Metallic paint choice showcased the SQ7’s racier side, but the freedom to select your favorite hue adds a personal touch. For those craving more aggression, the Black Optic package enhances the SQ7‘s visual appeal with high-gloss black accents. Opting for the Carbon Optic package introduces carbon fiber elements, elevating the exterior’s sophistication.
A Wheel Design That Commands Attention
Our test car featured exclusive 22-inch 5-V-spoke Aluminum Star wheels in matte grey, a design unavailable in the US. However, the choice of wheels greatly influences the SQ7’s overall aesthetics. The massive wheels, coupled with red brake calipers, add a touch of performance and draw attention to the SUV’s athletic capabilities.
Interior: Where Luxury Meets Executive Comfort
Audi Craftsmanship at Its Best
Step inside the 2023 Audi SQ7, and you’re welcomed by Audi’s renowned craftsmanship. The cabin, featuring three rows of seating, exudes luxury with quilted Valcona leather sport bucket seats. While not as indulgent as some competitors, the SQ7’s interior is more akin to an executive office, offering a perfect blend of comfort and sophistication.
Intuitive Infotainment and Driver-Focused Display
The driver enjoys a clear digital display that adapts to the driving mode. Whether you crave performance metrics or need navigation guidance, the SQ7’s infotainment system delivers on both fronts. The comprehensive system spread across dual screens with haptic feedback buttons remains one of the best in the industry. However, the age-old issue of greasy finger marks on the screens persists.
Spacious and Versatile
As a family-friendly SUV, the SQ7 boasts ample space for a family of five. The cavernous trunk, panoramic roof, and rear seats make it comfortable for both short trips and extended journeys. The SQ7’s versatility shines, especially when configured as a seven-seater, providing a seamless transition between passenger and cargo space.
Engine: Power and Performance Unleashed
Dominance Under the Hood
The heart of the SQ7 lies in its phenomenal twin-turbo V8 engine, delivering a robust 500 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. This SUV not only looks powerful but roars to life with a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds. The faux V8 sound adds to the driving drama, making each acceleration a thrilling experience.
Agile Despite Its Stature
Despite its considerable weight, the SQ7 feels agile and composed on the road. Rear-wheel steering simplifies city maneuvering, while the air suspension and smooth-shifting gearbox contribute to a smooth ride. The ‘S’ in SQ7 becomes evident on winding roads, where it accelerates like a sports car, gripping corners with confidence. While not a track-focused SUV, the SQ7 promises an enjoyable experience on twisty roads.
Effortless Highway Cruising
On the highway, the SQ7 transforms into a relaxed cruiser with 569 lb-ft of torque, merging into traffic and overtaking become effortless. The suspension’s automatic lowering at speed ensures stability and creates an ideal environment for long highway journeys. The SQ7 strikes a balance between spirited driving and serene cruising.
Prices: Luxury Without Breaking the Bank
A Competitive Offering
The Audi SQ7 starts at $90,400 for the Premium Plus and $94,900 for the top Prestige trim. While the ‘Vorsprung’ trim tested in the UK is not directly available in the US, configuring the Prestige with additional packages can bring it close. Optional packages, such as the Matador red metallic paint, 22-inch wheels, Carbon Optic, and Black Optic, allow for a personalized touch. Adding luxury features through packages like the Luxury package and the towing package ensures the SQ7 caters to various preferences.
A Bargain for the Segment
With a fully-equipped SQ7 reaching $104,490, including the destination charge, it competes favorably with rivals like the Mercedes-AMG GLE and GLS, as well as the BMW X5 and X7. The SQ7 offers a blend of luxury, performance, and versatility without reaching exorbitant price levels.