Audi SQ7 and SQ8 treated to powerful diesel engines

Audi adds powerful diesel engines to large SUV range

Reuben Van Niekerk
Audi SQ7
Audi SQ8

Audi are adding the SQ7 and SQ8 with a V8 diesel engine to the high-performance SUV segment.


Under the bonnet

Under the bonnet is the 4.0 TDi, which is the most powerful Audi engine currently available, boasting 310kW and 900Nm of torque. The twin-turbo V8 accelerates both models from zero to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds.

A quick shifting eight-speed tiptronic gearbox in conjunction with Quattro permanent all-wheel drive aids in transferring power to the road.


The Audi SQ7 and SQ8 are equipped with adaptive air suspension, which includes controlled dampers. It is capable of varying ride height by up to 90 millimetres. The driver can also choose from seven driving profiles; comfort, auto dynamic, efficiency, allroad, off-road and individual.


Hey good looking

Thanks to S-specific details, the special status of the Audi SQ7 and SQ8 is apparent at first glance. The front features double slats in the singleframe grille and a distinctly three-dimensional blade in the bumper, while the side air inlets are finished in honeycombe. From the side, exterior mirror housings in aluminium catch the eye and at the rear the diffuser with honeycombe finishes neatly frames the four characteristic tailpipes.


The HD Matrix LED headlights with dynamic light design are a further piece of top of the line technology that illuminates the road with maximum brightness and precision in any situation. In the SQ7, Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals are part of the standard equipment offering.


Inside story

Inside, sport seats are upholstered with top quality Valcona leather and come standard with a heating function. Backrests feature S embossing and colour-coordinated contrasting stitching complements the appearance.


MMI touch response control system integrates two large displays in the centre of the instrument panel. They have a 10.1-inch and 8.6-inch diagonal measurement respectively, and respond with haptic and acoustic feedback to all finger input. The user can also configure the interface of the upper screen so that they can follow multiple apps at the same time.


Pricing and availability?

The SQ7 and SQ8 TDI are officially available for sale in South Africa in limited numbers as part of a once-off launch opportunity. The models are priced as follows and come standard with a five year Audi Freeway plan.


Audi SQ7 TDI quattro

                  R1 679 500

Audi SQ8 TDI quattro

                  R1 848 500