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2022 Audi SQ7 Review: A Great Way To Fly

Ben Chia
17/06/2022
2022 Audi SQ7 exterior front CarBuyer Singapore

Fast, comfortable and fun to drive, the Audi SQ7 is a remarkable way to travel long distance across borders, if you can stomach the fuel bills


2022 Audi SQ7

Launched April 2022, Price S$505,951 with COE & VES (June 2022)
Five-door, large performance SUV, seven seats
507hp, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, petrol engine, VES C2, 13.3L/100km


PROS
Barnstorming performance
V8 sounds great
Well-sorted ride
Nice to drive for a large SUV

CONS
Fuel bill will shock you
Half a million dollar price tag


Photos: Leow Ju-Len and Ben Chia

SINGAPORE

Now that the borders have opened up, travelling to Malaysia is now very much back on the cards for many Singaporeans. You could take the quick and easy route and book a Singapore Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur, which will get you there in under an hour (minus the time at the airport), or you could get a different sort of SQ experience by driving there in Audi’s SQ7 SUV.

2022 Audi SQ7 exterior rear CarBuyer Singapore

It might prove to be much more enjoyable than flying too, given that the SQ7 packs in the sort of power that could legitimately challenge the idea of which is faster. Powering the SQ7 is a monstrous twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that churns out 507hp and 770Nm of torque, which is enough to send this gargantuan SUV from 0-100km/h in just 4.1 seconds. That’s mind-bending physics any way you cut it.

2022 Audi SQ7 engine CarBuyer Singapore

More than just brute force though, the V8 engine is also amazing to listen to. Start the car up and the unit burbles to life, and the engine delivers the kind of aural pleasure that is sadly destined to go extinct once the era of electric cars descend upon us. Prod the throttle to build up the revs and the throaty notes from the exhaust is enough to send a tingle down your spine.

2022 Audi SQ7 exterior rear driving CarBuyer Singapore

Of course, all that power and noise does come with drawbacks, and that is of course the SQ7’s thirst. Audi quotes a figure of 13.3L/100km, and over our four day test drive we averaged around 15L/100km. Bear in mind too that the SQ7’s V8 only has an appetite for premium fuel, and with today’s prices you’re looking at nearly S$300 to fill up its 85-litre tank. Even if you make use of the exchange rate and refuel across the border, that’s still nearly S$100 out of pocket to top up the SQ7 in Malaysia, or about the same as what you pay to refuel a small car in Singapore.



Still, if you can afford the half a million dollars for an SQ7 in the first place, it’s unlikely that you’ll flinch at those kind of prices. In any case, it’s well worth the money, because the SQ7 is more than just a V8-powered slugger of an SUV. The car is undoubtedly big, but Audi has worked its magic to give the car some remarkably nimble handling, thanks to its all-wheel-steering system. Body roll is well controlled, and the quattro all-wheel-drive system gives the car plenty of grip and traction when you’re cornering hard.

2022 Audi SQ7 exterior front driving CarBuyer Singapore

If you really want to go for it, there’s the optional advanced suspension package that costs S$26,880, and throws in active roll bars and a torque splitter for greater stability and even sharper handling, turning the SQ7 into a bona fide sports car slayer. It sounds ludicrous, but then again this is the company that gave us a drift machine and a performance EV with three motors, among other wild stuff that Audi has given us through the years.

2022 Audi SQ7 exterior front driving CarBuyer Singapore

It’s not all crazy all the time with the SQ7 though. When you’re just settling down to a cruise, the SQ7 makes for a remarkably comfortable ride, thanks to the adaptive air sports suspension that’s height adjustable. Even in sporty Dynamic mode the car manages to cope with rough surfaces well, with the car smoothening out most bumps and undulations with ease.

2022 Audi SQ7 interior dashboard CarBuyer Singapore

The cabin is fairly straightforward Audi, with a layout that’s familiar to anyone who’s been acquainted to the brand. Sporty touches like the carbon fibre trim on the dashboard mark this out as a performance model, but otherwise there are no major surprises here. Being quite a big car, there’s plenty of space to stretch out, but as with most seven-seater SUVs, the third row is probably best reserved for small children or your worst enemies on long journeys.

2022 Audi SQ7 interior rear seats CarBuyer Singapore

Even then, the SQ7 probably makes for a better experience than having to squeeze in Economy Class. Its combination of barnstorming performance, entertaining drive and excellent comfort certainly makes it a tremendous cross-country companion. If you can stomach the price and its thirst for fuel, the SQ7 is arguably the much more enjoyable SQ option.

2022 Audi SQ7 exterior badge CarBuyer Singapore

Audi SQ7

Drivetrain typePetrol engine
Engine3,996cc, V8, twin-turbocharged
Power507hp at 5500rpm
Torque770Nm at 2000-4000rpm
Gearbox8-speed dual-clutch
0-100km/h4.1 seconds
Top Speed250km/h
VES BandingC2 / +S$25,000
Fuel Efficiency13.3L/100km
AgentPremium Automobiles
PriceS$505,951 with COE
AvailabilityNow
Verdict:V8-powered Audi SQ7 packs monstrous performance, excellent comfort and an entertaining drive, at the expense of gigantic thirst

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About the Author

Ben Chia

CarBuyer's senior staff writer went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben

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