All Q7s come with a fully electrically adjustable driver’s seat and manually adjustable steering wheel. The range of adjustment – which on the seat 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 S line versions come with more heavily bolstered sports seats plus an adjustable front armrest.
You’ll also find the pedals, seat and steering wheel are aligned well 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 Q7 visibility
As with most SUVs, you sit up high in the Audi Q7. This gives you a commanding view of the road ahead, and the slim windscreen pillars minimise obstruction to the 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. Blindspot monitoring and a heated front windscreen are available as options.
Thick rear pillars and large rear headrests block much of the over-the-shoulder view off, though. And while the standard front and rear parking sensors help, you’ll need to pay extra if you want a rear-view camera or the self-parking system.
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 these is also standard, allowing you to write instructions, for example, 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.
A wireless mobile charging pad is an option, as is the Audi Virtual Cockpit. This swaps the analogue instruments, and 7.0in TFT screen nestled between them, for a giant 12.3in digital panel, which displays sat-nav maps, phone, audio and driver information menus. This comes as standard on the SQ7 and e-tron.
Audi Q7 build quality
The Q7’s dashboard and interior at large are a smorgasbord of soft-touch materials and well-damped switches; any harder plastics are kept to less noticeable places. Real metal trims on the centre console and door tops, and wood veneer across the dashboard, add to the cabin ambience. 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.
In short, the Q7 feels incredibly well screwed together, with tight gaps between the exterior body panels and interior trims.