• SQ7 makes its debut with the 2020 Audi Q7
• Turbocharged V6 engines replace Supercharged V6 engines
• The 2020 Audi Q7 offers value propositions in every trim
The Audi Q7 is a luxurious three-row SUV that first came in 2017. The midsize vehicle incorporates better features and styling than ever. It comes in Premium, Premium Plus, Premium 55, Premium Plus 55, and Prestige 55 trims. The 2020 Audi Q7 price ranges between $52,980 and $70,663 in the US.
The 2020 Q7 showcases muscular exteriors and matrix LED headlamps on certain trims. The new headlights illuminate the road more than the standard ones and minimize oncoming vehicle glares. Therefore, it helps the driver to avoid collisions or accidents due to excessive lights, especially at night. Unfortunately, these are not approved by the US government, and therefore, the manufacturer is awaiting confirmation for the design approval, so that owners can update the software it requires. Audi lovers will notice changes in the rear styling of the 2020 trims.
The interior also makes up for the 2020 Audi Q7 price value. The newest trims have dual-touchscreen infotainment systems visible in the Q8 SUVs of the current year. The company has improved the center console and dashboard to provide space for the infotainment systems and front-row occupants. The new-look might seem very attractive at first, but the driver may experience distractions due to the systems.
The 2020 Audi Q7 price value also includes upgraded engines. The turbocharged V6 replaces the ongoing supercharged V6 engines in the SUV. The new engines deliver more horsepower than the previous year’s trims. However, due to the recent changes in the 2020 models, the combined new EPA fuel economy estimates of the 2020 trims is lower by three mpg than the previous models. However, the vehicle does satisfy buyers looking for a combination of utility, performance, and luxuriousness. It may still rank among the topmost demanding cars in its segment.
As mentioned earlier, the vehicle is available in five trims. The car comes in two engine options, namely, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a secondary 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. The former, also referred to as 45 TFSI by the manufacturer, is capable of producing 248 hp at 5,000 rpm and 273 lb-ft torque at 1,600 rpm. The latter, a.k.a. 55 TFSI can generate 335 hp at 5,000 rpm and 369 lb-ft torque at 1,370 rpm.
The SQ7 made its debut and goes beyond the list of standard engines. It can produce 500 hp and 568 lb-ft torque with a V8 twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine. The performance-oriented vehicle costs between $84,800 and $90,400. The curb weight of the standard 2020 Q7 trims lies between 4,784 and 5,082 pounds; however, the curb weight of the SQ7s is unknown. The features of the SQ7 are similar to the remaining 2020 Q7 trims.
All 2020 Audi Q7 are four-cylinder Quattro AWDs and consist of automatic eight-speed transmission. However, both Premium and Premium Plus trims also come with an optional V6 engine. This engine also comes as a standard in higher trims like Prestige.
The base model has exterior highlights like a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, and a liftgate (hands-free). Similarly, the critical interior highlights in base trim include the third row with mechanized folding, automatic triple-zone climate control, leather upholstery, dual touchscreen infotainment system (a.k.a Audi MMI), Android Auto, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, and an audio system with ten speakers.
The Premium trim also comes with many standard safety features. These include warning for lane departure and forward collision, pedestrian detection, mechanized braking, and parking sensors for front and rear. Owners can opt for a Convenience Package to add features like a system for rear cross-traffic warnings and blind-spot monitoring as well as ambient light along with the capability of smartphone charging.
The second trim, i.e., Premium Plus, comes for $55,248 and includes a surround-view camera. Additionally, it replaces the standard audio system with ten speakers with a Bose sound system. Regarding the safety features, owners need to decide whether they want to go for the Warm Weather and Driver Assistance package. The former includes rear seat sunshades, front seats that are ventilated, and climate control with four-zone. The latter offers assistance for lane keeping, an upgraded braking system, forward collision alert, and adaptive cruise control.
The top trim, i.e., Prestige, comes for $70,663 and includes the features mentioned in previous trims, ambient lighting with upgrades, adaptive air suspension, glass with sound reduction capabilities, doors with soft closures, and a head-up display. The most expensive trim also comes with exclusive optional feature options. Optional features such as ventilated and massaging front row seats, leather upholstery with upgrades, Bang & Olufsen 23-speaker audio system, laser headlights, and four-wheel steering are unavailable in lower trims.
In our opinion, the second trim, i.e., Premium Plus that comes for $55,248, will meet the eye of an Audi car buyer. With a marginal difference of $2,268 from the base trim, it adds more value than its price. It includes an audio system with upgrades, phone charging – wireless, and blind-spot monitoring as some of its key highlights. Those who are willing to spend a bit extra can indulge in upgrading the standard engine of this trim with a V6. They will be satisfied with the new acceleration speed as well as the vehicle’s swiftness.
Unfortunately, according to the last report on April 16, the number of 2020 Q7 SUVs sold this year is 12.4 percent less than last year’s models. Presently, it has competitors like the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. The sales figures for these vehicles are much better than the Q7. Additionally, the NHTSA has not showcased safety results for the current year’s Q7; however, the IIHS has given the highest class ratings to the vehicle. Besides the standard scores, the IIHS gave more than the top score to the LATCH of the car. Therefore, we can expect it to be entirely safe for children.