Facelifted 2020 Audi SQ7 TDI Gets A Nose Job And Massively Updated Interior

More than three years in the market have been sufficient for the Audi SQ7 TDI to get a styling makeover, which brings it in line with the 2020 Q7, as well as the performance-oriented SQ8.

The exterior styling differences compared to the outgoing iteration include new headlamps, grille, and front and rear bumpers, plus the addition of a chrome strip that joins the taillights together. The squared quad exhaust pipes have been replaced by round ones and the wheels are newly designed too.

It is inside, though, that the company’s designers and engineers concentrated most of their efforts. As with the latest Q7, the performance model gains two screens in the center of the dashboard, with the top one serving as the infotainment system and the bottom one being used for controlling the air conditioning.

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Other improvements include the addition of more glossy materials. The list of tech features is extensive and includes standard digital instrument cluster and optional head-up display, an Alexa virtual assistant, Wi-Fi hot spot, voice control, traffic information online, navigation with Google Earth, four-zone air-con, soft-close doors, Bang & Olufsen sound system, air quality package, ambient lighting, HD Matrix LED headlights and so on.

No changes under the hood

The 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 diesel engine with the electric-powered compressor has been carried over. It continues to deliver 435 PS (429 hp / 320 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque. As before, 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration is completed in 4.8 seconds, while top speed is (again) electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

The standard Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is coupled to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. The SUV still comes with all-wheel steering while the stopping distance can be improved by opting for the pricey carbon ceramic brakes.

Audi will open the order books for the facelifted SQ7 at the end of the month, and it will arrive at dealers across Europe at the end of September. Pricing will kick off from €94,900 ($106,456) for the five-seater and €96,420 ($108,161) for the seven-seater model in Germany.

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  • Andrewthecarguy

    No thanks.
    AUDI missed the boat on the Q7’s styling. It looks like a freakishly tall wagon rather than a -masculine- SUV it should be. Somehow the new Touareg hits all the right spots but this thing continues to travel down the ugly lane.
    Just redesign the whole thing already. BMW broke with tradition and gave a new X5 2 years earlier than normal. Sure, it was because the X7 basically came out simultaneously but that is exactly what AUDI needs – a new Q7 and Q9. Q9 can then be redesigned to a credible larger Bentayga to rival the Cullinan.

    • StrangerGP

      yep, Audi was delaying the debut of second generation and yet it still looks like a big station wagon

    • erly5

      Agree, Q7 is an oversized estate car with little visual appeal. Unusual to overhaul the interior to such an extent for a mid-life refresh, but I suppose Audi’s latest interior design made the current one look dated with it’s dash-top screen.

  • kDawg

    Nice! Ugly comes standard with these new Audi’s.

  • Enter Ranting

    That shiny black plastic interior sucks. End of story.

  • SteersUright

    Inside looks great. Outside looks outdated despite the refresh.

  • Sébastien

    Really not fan of those glare/glossy panels in the new Audi’s, between screens and piano blacks.

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