Forget the bells and whistles: our new Audi SQ7 is the full symphony.
A harmonic of soft hide, brushed metal, muted ambient lighting, brute power and high-end tech. Lavishly equipped as standard yet laden with more than £24,000 of extra kit, it’s plush and then some.
For starters on the ‘included’ list of our super-SUV, there is the wondrous 4.0-litre V8 diesel, complete with three blowers. Yup, three. But you probably know that since we talked all about it in the Autocar road test, where it got 4.5 stars. I won’t dwell on it long here. Suffice to say that in the brief time I’ve had the car, the stupidly potent ocean of torque and the menacing burble from the exhausts are things of which I will never, ever tire. I’m also impressed at how well the car rides on the standard adaptive air suspension, even on the optional (£500) Tornado 21in alloy wheels.
It’s not only the mechanical bits that are impressive as standard. Also thrown in is the full-fat sat-nav and multimedia system, digital dials, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, four-zone climate control, LED headlights, all-round parking sensors, a reversing camera, automatic lights and wipers, powered bootlid, keyless go… you get the picture. Frankly, it’s an achievement to have found more than £24,000 of equipment that can be added to a car as generously equipped as the SQ7, but that’s what has been achieved here, and we’re hardly complaining.
If I were to actually dwell in detail on all the options, we’d be here for the entire six-month duration of the car’s loan. So we’ll address the highlights now and touch more on the rest throughout the Audi’s stay.
The most expensive extra is the £5700 Driving Dynamics Sports Pack. All-wheel steering, sports differential and active anti-roll bars are all to be found in this pack and – again, read more in the road test – it certainly works.