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2021 Audi SQ7 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 15, 2020

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Totan Banerjee

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The 2021 Audi SQ7 acquires the Audi’s prestigious Q7 midsize luxury SUV and complements it with racing driving dynamics, and performance coming from a 500-horsepower V8 engine and practicality of a premium seven seater SUV. Starting from $85,000 the vehicle is admittedly one of the most affordable seven seaters sports tuned SUV among its competitors, going with the concept of Audi in terms of pricing which fronts in making affordable luxury cars for the global market.

Being a performance version, the 2021 Audi SQ7 is offered in two individual trims and the price range starts from $85,000 for the Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI Quattro and goes upto $91,200 for the Prestige 4.0 TFSI Quattro trim. At present, the SQ7 faces hard competition in its segment from the cars like BMW X5 M Competition, Jaguar F-Pace SVR, Porsche Cayenne, and Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE. To find out more about it, read the latest review of the 2021 Audi SQ7 SUV. Worried about the price of the Audi SQ7, check out the latest offers on pre-owned Audi Q7. 

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Pros

All-wheel steering improves handling and maneuverability

Performance tuned engine with excellent driving dynamics

Sedan like comfort and luxury features in a three-row SUV

Cons

Subpar fuel efficiency

Base version Audi Q7 is more affordable

Tight third row

What's New?

Audi SQ7 gets hotter with the 2021 year, as now it gets a heated steering functionality with both the trims.


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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Audi SQ7 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
500 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$85,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $85,000 MSRP (15/17/21) 500 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4 L, V-8, premium unleaded
8-Speed automatic all wheel drive 7

2021 Audi SQ7 Prestige

Prestige

power
500 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
mpg
17 combined

$91,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $91,200 MSRP (15/17/21) 500 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4L, V-8, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
N/A all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

8.5

Overall Rating


The 2021 Audi SQ7 definitely makes the standard 2021 Audi Q7 more impressive and exciting, however, the cost to drive the excitement gets pretty expensive by a margin of $20,000 over the Audi Q7. This three row SUV comes with a twin-turbo V8 engine that ballistas around 500 hp from the belly of this beast. The Audi SQ7 exterior looks more aggressive and stylish than the Audi Q7 making it easily identical. While the interior of the 2021 SQ7 SUV is more bold and upscale adding more comfort of use. Also, the SQ7 gets hotter with the 2021 year, as now it gets a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery as standard in the vehicle.

2021 Audi SQ7 SUV front view
2021 Audi SQ7 SUV rear view

9.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2021 Audi SQ7 Features

9.0/10

2021 Audi SQ7 trim levels contain two trim options: Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI Quattro and Prestige 4.0 TFSI. The Audi equips these two Performance vehicles with the premium and luxury, with all-new safety and modern tech features. The price of the Audi SQ7 starts at $85,000 for the Prestige 4.0 TFSI, Quattro as the stranded version and the price may vary for the Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI Quattro according to the customer option. The top of the line gets more premium.

Model

Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI Quattro

Prestige 4.0 TFSI

MSRP(AWD)

$85,000 (Estimated) 

$91,200(Estimated)

Key Features

All-wheel steering 

A top view camera system

 

Adaptive air suspension

3D Bose Surround Sound System

 

Bang and Olufsen 3D premium sound system

Head-up display

 

LED Interior lighting plus package

Audi virtual cockpit

 

20-inch 10-spoke-star design gray/polished-finish wheels

Audi phone box with wireless charging and signal booster

 

Warm Weather package (four-zone climate control, front-seat ventilation, rear sunshades for doors, and tailgate.

Audi side assist with Audi pre sense rear (includes rear cross-traffic assist and vehicle exit assist)

 

Valcona leather S sport seats with contrast diamond stitching

Power soft-closing doors

 

Driver Assistance package (ACC, Active lane assist, Park steering assist, High-beam assistant, Traffic sign recognition)

 

The Prestige 4.0 TFSI: this trim comes with plenty of safety and Modern Tech features like Steering Wheel audio control, a power liftgate, Universal Garage door opener. Then stability and traction control as standard Its price tag is $85,000.

The Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI Quattro: this trim is for the customer's option which can be customized by the customer according to their needs and this trim price may vary according to the options of the customers. And also it has some standard features like auto parking, cooled front and rear seats, Multi-zone A/c control, and power passenger seats.

2021 Audi SQ7 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Audi is well-known for making some of the good number reliable, premium and performance cars, and the 2021 Audi SQ7, is not unusual either. Like most German marquees, the Audi SQ7 is known for its unequaled value, reliability, and better-quality customer service compared to other brands. According to the J D Power reports the Audi has been one of the favorite and top-selling cars over the decade.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The fully loaded Audi SQ7 earned the 2020’s “10 Best UX’’ award by the WardsAuto, also it is appreciated for its excellent performance, outstanding resale value, and reliability. According to the J.D. Power report the Audi SQ7 scores an over-usual predicted reliability rating of 72 out of 100. Audi has been constantly ranked in the top 10 car auto manufacturers in terms of performance and reliability. The SQ7 is trustworthy with a decent maintenance cost compared to the other rivals. Since Audi uses high-quality materials. The fault that occurs in the car is on the rare case.

On usual, the 2020 Audi SQ7 SUV’S average price tag is about $85,975. The citizens from Montana, Oregon, Atlanta, New Hampshire, and Delaware benefit from the lowest prices as they have avoided the sales taxes.

Washington

$85,455

Florida

$86,700

California

$85,780

New Jersey

$85,485

Arizona

$86,694

The SQ7 is known as a worry less travel companion which is with 0 safety recall and only one customer complaints regarding the Power Train this information is published by the NHTSA and this information is evaluated by collecting such information. for the past decade. Since the Audi uses high quality and durable parts the breakdown or repair is a rare event. 

In the provision of the average ownership costs, the owner has to spend nearly $98,898 for 5 years for a brand new Audi SQ7 SUV. Which is pretty low particularly. When it is compared with the same segment other brand cars.

Warranty

The rival like Jaguar F-Pace SVR offers more Basic, Drivetrain and Roadside Assistance warranty compared to the Audi SQ7, it maintains the top of the line with a good reputation of an individual one of the most trustworthy brands in the automaking industry, which offers an enormous warranty and with the unlimited roadside assistance packages for the first four years of ownership in the United States.

Criteria

Period

Basic warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; which is a Decent amount

Drivetrain warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; which is actable

Corrosion

12 Years\ Unlimited miles

Roadside assistance

4 years/ unlimited miles; pretty decent

Though the Jaguar's F-Pace SVR beats the SQ7 by offering more warranty with the low price range. Other than that the design styles, particularity, and performance make. Makes to consider it as a convincible price tag for offering Basic warranty for 4 years and 50,000 miles, Drivetrain Warranty for 4 years and 50,000 miles, corrosion resistance Warranty for 12 years and unlimited miles and Roadside assistance Warranty for 4 years and unlimited miles. The reason Jaguar beats Audibecause it offers more one year for every Warranty. With the minimum price compared to Audi. 

Miles Per Dollar

According to Audi, it claims that the SQ7 delivers 15 mpg on the city, 21mpg on the Highway, and both combined it gives up to 17mpg. The fuel tank capacity is 22.5 gal. The price per Gallon is $2.89. so the average amount you should shell for the fuel for one is $2,170.

2021 Audi SQ7 Buying Advice

When it comes to price we will recommend the Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI Quattro trim. Because to reduce the price you can avoid some optional features like Lane Keeping Assist, Heated Rear Seat, Cooled Front Seat, and Adaptive Cruise Control. So you can customize according to your needs. Since all these features come as a stranded one on the Prestige 4.0 TFSI trim.

In the J.D.Power report, the 2019 Audi SQ7 had received the quality and reliability rate of 75 out of 100 which is a pretty great score. Technically, the SQ7 is rated higher than some of the other high-performance rivals. The materials used in the SQ7 are highly reliable. Which leads to break down or repair in the rare case. 

Is buying a used car Audi SQ7a good idea?

Since Audi is a Luxury and performance vehicle manufacturer. It created a great impression among the customers. So the resale value of the Audi is good and the same as the other rivals. As the Audi offers Roadside Assistance for 4 years and unlimited miles. Also, the maintenance cost of the SQ7 is not very high, which makes it even more preferable for a resale. For more information on the latest stocks of pre-owned cars in the US, visit here.

2021 Audi SQ7 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Power of the 2021 Audi SQ7 comes with the 4.0-liter V8 Twin-Turbocharged engine on both Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI Quattro and Prestige 4.0 TFSI Quattro trims. Which remains the same as the previous year. Which is capable of producing 500 hp at 5500 rpm and 568 lb-ft of torque at 3000 pm. With the 8-speed automatic transmission. Where the standard Q7 is capable of producing 355 hp at 5700 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm with the 3.0-liter Turbo V6 engine. Other segment rivals like BMW X5M can produce 600 hp at 6000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm with the 4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine which is a notable point.

2021 Audi SQ7 SUV has 4L engine

Models

2021 Audi SQ7

2020 BMW X5 M

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63

MSRP

$85,000

$105,100

$103,050

Engine

4.0-liter Twin-turbo V8 Gas

4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8

5.5L Biturbo V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

Power 

500 hp @ 5500 rpm

600 hp @ 6,000 rpm

550 hp @5,250 rpm

Torque 

 

568 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

553 lb-ft @1,800 rpm

516 lb-ft @1,750 rpm

The BMW X5M 4.4-liter engine beats the Audi SQ7 engine output and offers the maximum power to price ratio. The Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 takes the second place in terms of the power output.

2021 Audi SQ7Acceleration And Braking Performance

The Audi SQ7 4.0-liter V8 Twin-Turbocharged engine kicks the vehicle from 0-60 mph in 4.5 sec. The 8-speed automatic transmission and All-Wheel Drivetrain delivers the exact power of the engine on the road. When it comes to braking the Audi Research and development department had worked hard and designed the brake calipers. Which is capable of stopping the vehicle from 60-0 at 4.3 sec. Which is a decent stopping time rate of an SUV. 

2021 Audi SQ7 SUV covers 0-60 in 4.5 sec

Models

2021 Audi SQ7

2020 BMW X5 M

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63

0-60 MPH 

4.5 sec

3.8 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile 

12.9 sec

12.2 sec

16.2 sec

Top Speed 

155 MPH

155 MPH

131 MPH

60-0 MPH

4.3

N/A

N/A

The BMW X5M beats the SQ7 on the 0-60 test in the time frame of 3.8 sec. The Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 is the slowest car under review. The Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 and BMW X5M come with the bigger engines compared to the SQ7

2021 Audi SQ7 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Even though the Audi SQ7 has a great power output however, it gives less efficiency compared to its rivals. With its large fuel tank capacity of 22.5-gallon capable to cover Cruising range of 472.5 miles on a full tank of gas with the all-new 2021 Audi SQ7.

Model

2021 Audi SQ7

2020 BMW X5 M

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63

MPG (City)

15

16

17

MPG (Highway)

21

22

22

MPG (Combined)

17

18

19

Fuel Capacity 

22.5 gallons

21.9 gallons

24.6 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

409/533/458 miles

350/482/394

418/541/467 miles

Looking at the rivals, Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 delivers more mileage than the other brands in terms of the driving distance on offer. The BMW X5M delivers less mileage however, it delivers the more power output and performance.

2021 Audi SQ7 Interior

9.0/10

Since Audi is known for making premium and luxury vehicles. Audi has done the same for SQ7; it is a 7-seater SUV. the passenger may not get plenty of space on the third row. It is a bit congested for the adults however, it will be a conversable amount of space for the kids. However, the first and the second row offer more legroom and headroom space. Which feels more comfortable for adults. Also, It comes with the bucket seats, leather steering wheel, woodgrain interior trim, seat-massage, 8-way power-adjustable seats, automatic climate control, and also with the cooled front and rear seats. It is done the same as Audi's flagship premium module A8 sedan.

2021 Audi SQ7 SUV front seats

Model

2021 Audi SQ7

2020 BMW X5 M

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63

Seating Capacity

7

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9/59.5/41.7

40.7/60.0/39.8

38.9/58.5 /40.3 

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/58.5/38.8

39.4/58.1/37.4

38.5/58.4/38.4

Trunk space of SQ7 is 14.8 cubic feet in the regular seven seated and 37.5 cubic feet when the last third row is folded. If we want more space the second row can also be folded and space will be increased to 71.6 cubic feet. Which is the same amount where the other rivals offer.

How’s the 2021 Audi SQ7infotainment system?

2021 Audi SQ7 SUV infotainment display

The 2021 Audi SQ7 is equipped with the all-new modern tech feature as standard. The 2021 SQ7 gets the updated infotainment system which is more responsive, easy to access. With its particular operating system. Which is more useful to control the car's integrated functions. Apart from that it comes with the 10.1-inch mid-center-mounted screen and another 8.6-inch screen to control the Air-conditioner and other tech features of the car and it is also bundled up with plenty of features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 10-speaker sound system as standard also for the customer's options the premium Bose Audio System is available with the extra charges then smart device integration, hard disk drive media storage, Auxiliary Audio Input, Satellite radio with Navigation, Active vehicle car display, 3D surround system with 19 speakers and 15 channel amplifier, Colored Heads-up Display (HUD), Two USB ports for smartphone connectivity.

2021 Audi SQ7 Exterior

8.0/10

The 2021 Audi SQ7 receives the more aggressive front grille, and the Matrix Led front and rear taillights. This gives the car a more aggressive and sporty look, some muscular projection on the sides of the body. The height of the hood is increased. The height of the car also can be raised from 8.1 inches to 9.6 inches by the help of air suspension as an option. For the better ground clearance while off-roading. It is fitted with 21-inch wheels on the front and rear. The exterior of the car is done with the Dark black paint finish. And the other remains the same as the previous year module. With the same design language and styling. 2021 the module is going to come for the sale to compete with the other rivals

2021 Audi SQ7 SUV three quarter view

Model

2021 Audi SQ7

2020 BMW X5 M

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63

Curb Weight 

4927 lbs

5425 lbs

5203 lbs

Length 

199.6

195

191

Width 

17.5

87.3

84.3

Height 

68.5

68.9

69.4

Ground Clearance 

N/A

8.3

N/A

Wheelbase 

117.9

117

114.8

Since the SQ7 is a seven-seater car. It is longer in length compared to the other rivals. Up to 8.6 inches longer than the Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63. The SQ7 comes with a wheelbase of 17.9, a total curb weight of 4927 lbs. It is lighter than the two rivals even though it is a seven-seater car it weighs less than the 5 seaters. 

2021 Audi SQ7 Safety

9.0/10

When it comes to customer safety. The German automaker puts more effort into producing the safest car in all ways. According to NHTSA rating and report the SQ7 hand has not yet been recalled for a single time regarding the safety or other issues, also named as one of the safest cars. Since the car is built with Aluminum and composite which gives more strength to the body and withstand the load acting on the body. It bundled up with lots of safety feathers like Front Side Air Bag, 4-Wheel ABS and Disk brakes, Electronic Stability Control, Child Safety Locks, Traction Control, Auto-Leveling Headlights, Cross-Traffic Alert, Head Protection Air Bag and Driver Air Bag as the standard feature.

2021 Audi SQ7 Competition

2021 Audi SQ7 Vs BMW X5M

Since both are born in Germany so In terms of safety and modern-tech features, both are the same. However, when it comes to the performance the BMW comes with the bigger engine beats the Audi by delivering 600 hp and 550lb-ft torque which is comparatively more than Audi’s horsepower and torque. However, the price tag is also more for the BMW. The maintenance cost is too high compared to the Audi. 

BMW X5M

2021 Audi SQ7 Vs 2020 Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63

Comparatively the Audi cost less than the Mercedes. It offers the same and more power output and also all-new tech features, better handling on the corners while turning. Even though both the automakers promise luxury the Audi is a bit cheap compared to the GLE AMG. Audi offers 8-speed automatic transmission where the Benz offers a 9-speed automatic transmission. 

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63

2021 Audi SQ7 Final Verdict

The Audi has been considered as a car that has great reliability and resale value. Scored good ratings in the safety feathers and equipped with all new modern tech features Compared to the other German marques the Audi is a bit cheap with the performance 7-seater option, where the others are 5-seaters. At some amount of power delivery and luxury, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR price tags are cheaper than the Audi price tag. However, Audi offers a reasonable price.

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