Is The Diesel-Powered Audi SQ7 A Match For The Tesla Model X 100D?

While these two crossovers couldn’t be more different in terms of powertrains, their specs are actually quite comparable, which makes this a very interesting test.

Audi claim that their SQ7 will fly past the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark in 4.8 seconds, with a little help from its 435 PS 4.0-liter V8 diesel, which also produces a massive 900 Nm (663 lb-ft) of torque.

The full-electric Model X 100D (not the P100D flagship, mind you), is putting down a comparable 423 PS, while its 660 Nm (486 lb-ft) of torque are constantly available in the blink of an eye.

With all that in mind, Carwow’s Mat Watson set out to prove which of the two is faster in a straight line, both from a rolling start as well as from a standstill, followed by a brake test that pretty much sealed the deal for the winner of this comparison test.

So what do you reckon? Is it the Tesla Model X 100D that came out on top or the fossil fuel-dependent Audi SUV? You’ll be pleased to know that all “challenges” were quite close, which is something that doesn’t usually happen when Teslas get involved in comparison tests.


  • Dennis James

    It’s hilarous how Tesla beats the crap out of manufactures who have 50 years more experience, even in braking tests, not to mention acceleration tests.

    • nastinupe

      Electric motors beat the crap out of internal combustion motors, not really Tesla beating Audi. It’s more of a technology comparison.

      The overall difference between Tesla and other companies is that traditional car companies have to prepare for designing, manufacturing and distributing electric vehicles in a profitable manner without government and private investor assistance. Shareholders would never approve of other car manufacturers burning through cash reserves and operating in the red for years just to be able to say that their cars are all electric the way that Tesla is doing. You do realize that Tesla still hasn’t had a profitable year since it’s inception about 14 years ago. Shareholders don’t care about technology, they care about probability. Audi is making tons of money right now. To expect for them to retool and turn 100% electric so they can beat Tesla’s 0 – 60 and 1/4 times is ridiculous. It’s not going to happen. Other manufacturers will convert when it works for them from a profitability standpoint.

    • salamOOn

      apples and oranges, apples and oranges….

  • Miknik

    One drive train is the future. The other, so clearly isn’t, especially not after the makers recent “scandal”