Two refreshed Audis — the 2020 Q7 three-row SUV and 2020 S4 compact sedan — are the latest additions to our most popular reviews of the past week. Cars.com reviewer Brian Wong drove both, and despite each car being equipped with the same new turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 (the Q7 can also be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder) and eight-speed automatic transmission, he came away with different impressions.
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“The previous Q7 suffered some drivetrain lag, and it seems to have worsened with the new engine,” Wong wrote of the big SUV. “Available power is plentiful, and if you apply gas when the transmission is already in the correct gear — such as at lower speeds — the Q7 accelerates impressively for a 5,000-plus-pound SUV. But call for any acceleration while in motion that requires transmission to downshift and it becomes frustrating. Even activating the transmission’s Sport mode doesn’t fix the problem: Hit the gas, and little happens for a couple of seconds before the Q7 downshifts and accelerates. It’s kind of like when my mother used to ask me to do dishes: I’d hear the request but show little interest hastily getting to the task.”
The S4 fared better, thanks to Audi’s tuning changes:
“The S4’s engine and transmission feel tightened up and it’s much more responsive to throttle inputs. Those tuning changes also give the S4 349 [horsepower] and 369 pounds-feet of torque, just like 2019. There’s still a tad more delay than I’d like to find in a performance-oriented sedan wearing an S badge, but it’s at least livable, and the way the car blasts off at around 2,500 rpm helps make up for it. The S4 is estimated by Audi to run from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, but it feels quicker than that to me.”
The Q7 joins this week’s top five in second place, while the S4 is in fifth. Meanwhile, our review of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is still No. 1, and the other two spots are occupied by the 2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack and Hellcat Widebodies in third and the 2020 Toyota 4Runner in fourth.
Popular videos this week have a bit of an Italian flavor, courtesy of our first impressions of the refreshed 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio performance SUV.
You can find the top five reviews and videos below:
Top 5 Reviews
1. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review: We Drive the $60,000 One
2. 2020 Audi Q7 Review: Quibbles With the Biggest Q
3. 2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack and Hellcat Widebody Review: Which to Buy?
4. 2020 Toyota 4Runner Review: At Home Where the Sidewalk Ends
5. 2020 Audi S4 Review: Lost in the Shuffle or Ready to Hustle?
Top 5 Videos
1. 2020 Land Rover Defender: First Impressions
2. 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia: First Impressions
3. 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye: Drag-Strip Tested
4. 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: First Look
5. 2020 Hyundai Sonata Review
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