All Q7s come with a fully electrically adjustable driver’s seat. The range of adjustment – which includes an extendable base and four-way lumbar adjustment – makes it relatively easy to find your ideal driving position, although memory seats cost extra. The standard seats on SE models are supportive, while pricier versions come with more heavily bolstered sports seats plus an adjustable front armrest.
You’ll also find the pedals, seat and steering wheel are neatly aligned for a natural seating position and there’s a well-positioned footrest to the left of the brake. The dashboard is logically arranged, with user-friendly controls for the air conditioning.
Audi's Virtual Cockpit swaps the analogue instrument dials, and the 7.0in TFT screen nestled between them, for one giant 12.3in digital panel that displays sat-nav maps and phone, audio and driver information menus. This costs extra on SE and S line trims but is standard on pricier models.
Audi Q7 visibility
As with most SUVs, you sit up high in the Q7. This gives you a commanding view of the road ahead, and the slim windscreen pillars minimise obstruction of your view out.
Large heated door mirrors offer a good view of what’s approaching from behind and the left-hand mirror tilts down automatically when you select reverse for a better view of the kerb when parking. Powerful LED headlights are standard on S line models and above, although even SE trim gets you fairly bright xenon units. Meanwhile, a heated front windscreen is available as an option across the range.
Thick rear pillars and large rear headrests block much of the over-the-shoulder view, though. And while the standard front and rear parking sensors help, SE and S line trims do miss out on a reversing camera. A 360deg camera is standard on the range-topping Vorsprung model, while you can even have a night vision camera if you're prepared to pay extra.
Audi Q7 infotainment
Audi’s MMI infotainment system is second only to BMW’s iDrive for ease of use, so pairing phones or programming the sat-nav is a doddle. A high-definition 8.3in screen rises from the top of the dashboard and is controlled using buttons and a simple rotary controller on the centre console. A touchpad next to them is also standard, allowing you to handwrite instructions, such as when programming an address into the sat-nav.
As you might expect, the Q7 comes with sat-nav, Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted controls. Under the front centre armrest, there are two USB ports, while in the glovebox there’s a SIM card for 4G online connectivity, a DVD drive and two SD card slots. There are also 12V sockets for front and middle-row occupants, but it’s a little disappointing that there are no USB points for rear-seat passengers.
Vorsprung models come with a standard Bose 3D sound system, although if you really love your music and have deep pockets, then the phenomenal Bang & Olufsen version is worth considering. Likewise, if you make lots of calls on the move, then Audi's phone box is worth considering because it improves reception, can charge your phone wirelessly and allows up to two phones to be connected to the car simultaneously. This is standard on Vorsprung trim.
A digital TV and a mobile entertainment package (comprising detachable 10.1in touchscreens for the back of the front seats) are also on the options list.
Audi Q7 build quality
The Q7’s dashboard and interior at large is a smorgasbord of soft-touch materials and well-damped switches; any harder plastics are kept to less noticeable places. Real metal (or wood, if you prefer) inlays only add to the wonderfully classy ambience.
Meanwhile, the rotary controller for the MMI infotainment system has a particularly satisfying action, while the muted thud each time you close a door cements the impression of solidity. The perception of quality is a step above the Volvo XC90 and even the Land Rover Discovery.
In short, the Q7 feels incredibly well screwed together, with tight gaps between the exterior body panels and interior trims. If you're still not satisfied, various leather packages are available to lift the bar even higher.