If the diesel engine is about to return, vehicles like the 2018 Audi SQ7 TDI will be in the spotlight. The high-performance version of Audi’s flagship new SUV is a flawless oil burner, albeit far removed from the smoky delivery trucks that once roamed the continent.
The Q7 dealer is the first VW Group vehicle built on the modular MLB Evo Longitudinal Platform, which will support the other major lines of the group. Four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering will be standard. The build quality of Immaculate is an almost earned conclusion of Audi these days and the interior is faultless. The carbon fiber woven dashboard and interior may not be to everyone’s taste, but the infotainment is clear and easy to use on the go, and there’s plenty of room for front and back.
The aim of the Ingolstadt-based brand in the design of the SQ7 TDI was to beat the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel and BMW X5 M50d, two direct high-performance diesel rivals sold in Europe. And after our first contact, which took place in the French Vosges, we can say without a shadow of a doubt that they have reached their goal. The SQ7 TDI has much more power and torque than its main rivals. Generating 664 lb-ft of torque and 435 horsepower, this twin-turbo V8 allows the SQ7 TDI to claim the title of the most powerful diesel SUV.
Compared with some of them, this SQ7 looks like a bargain, even at a very high price of £ 70,970, but that did not stop our car from being loaded with enough options to take the bad side of £ 95,000.