The Audi SQ7: LaFerrari of the SUV World

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Audi’s made an S version of the Q7?

Yep. The Audi SQ7 represents the first time one of the carmaker’s performance brands have had a crack at its biggest SUV. It was clearly an inevitability, given the swarms of these things out there – Range Rover SVR, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Mercedes GLS63 AMG among them – though Audi’s is different, because it’s a diesel.

The power on offer is quite staggering. The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 offers up 435bhp and 664lb ft, enough to drag the SQ7’s 2.3 tonnes to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds. Unbelievably, that doesn’t even make it the fastest or most powerful seven-seater on sale, but it gets damn close. Arguably, closer than is relevant for a car so large.

Prices start at just over £70,000, though sneeze while filling out the order form, and you’ll pass £90,000.

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That’s a lot of money.

Yes, but it’s a lot of car. And it feels incredibly opulent inside. All Audis, A1 upwards, tend to feel a cut above their rivals, and the SQ7 is just magnificent inside. Enough to brush aside any SUV prejudices you may have, as you coo over the Virtual Cockpit dials and feel all the wonderful materials.

There’s also ample space for three adults in the second row of seats, and more room behind the two seats in the third row than a number of rivals. It’s a practical bus, this.

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