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Audi SQ7 TDI

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By Jonathan Crouch

The improved version of Audi huge, powerful SQ7 TDI continues to re-write the rulebook for large, family-sized performance-minded SUVs. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 62

Audi's SQ7 TDI was the world's first series production car combining turbocharging with an electrically powered compressor, there to deliver impressively immediate response. Consigning 'turbo lag' to history, this boundary-stretching technology underscores this SQ7's eligibility for an 'S' badge that denotes extra performance across the Ingolstadt maker's range. Plus this car now gets the updates that have recently improved lesser Q7s too.

Backgroundword count: 131

If you're going to have a really large seven-seat SUV and want a very, very fast one, there aren't many options. The choices you will have almost all feature very thirsty V8 petrol engines that'll have the local green lobby up in arms every time you nip to the shops. So what if you could have a car of this kind that was a little more planet-friendly - maybe this model, Audi's SQ7 TDI. The figures here may cause you to do a bit of a double-take: 435PS and 900Nm of torque from a V8 bi-turbo TDI diesel fitted with an innovative electric-powered compressor. At the same time, the car is capable of nearly 35mpg in regular use, with a CO2 return of around 200g/km. Sound more reasonable? Then read on...

Driving Experienceword count: 230

At the heart of the SQ7 TDI is a V8 BiTDI engine that develops 435PS and 900Nm of torque, firmly staking this performance flagship SUV's claim amongst the most potent diesel models of this kind on the market. The electrically powered compressor is fed by a 48-volt electrical subsystem and dispenses with any sign of turbo lag from step-off acceleration, helping to set an impressive 0-62 mph sprint time of just 4.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph. The 4.0 TDI unit in the SQ7 works with strong partners, including a quick-shifting eight-speed tiptronic auto that changes gears extremely quickly and efficiently. A self-locking centre differential is the heart of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It's compact, lightweight and interacts very precisely with the suspension control system. An optional sport differential provides stable and precise steering, particularly during fast acceleration out of bends. Variable torque between the wheels on the rear axle offers supreme control in curves and the car is pressed precisely into the bend as a result. The maxim of lightweight construction also applies to the suspension - its links are made primarily of aluminium. Electromechanical power steering, the Audi drive select driving dynamics system and adaptive air suspension with S-specific tuning are standard. Buyers will be offered an optional driving dynamics package comprising three technology modules: sport differential, electromechanical active roll stabilisation and all-wheel steering.

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Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

Performance
80%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
90%
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