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You may think that over £70,000 is a lot for an Audi SUV, but you should actually think of this SQ7 as a half price Bentley Bentayga Diesel. They share the same platform, the same innovative 48v electrical system and lest we not forget the party piece - the same engine. And what an engine it is, a 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 diesel producing a staggering 429bhp and 900Nm of torque. That’s the kind of torque that means when you floor the throttle, the earth’s rotation slows a little. There’s also some pretty savage acceleration – it will confuse even the most committed petrolhead when a 2.5-tonne SUV hurtles to 62mph in under 5 seconds, but thanks to the clever air suspension system it also handles a lot better than you’d expect in the twisties too. Of course this is still an Audi, so you get understated yet classy styling on the outside – being the SQ7 there’s a little more aggression but it’s certainly still the kind of SUV that can mix with Range Rovers and not look out of place. The other Audi trademark is of course their interiors and the SQ7 is another winner here – stylish, uncluttered and ergonomically perfect.

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Stats

Engine / CylsV8 Twin-Turbo Diesel 0-62mph4.9secs
Displacement4.0ltr Power429bhp
Engine PositionFront Torque900 Nm
DrivetrainAWD Top Speed155mph
Format5dr SUV CO2199 g/km
MPG37.1 mpg Retail Price£72,320

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