Even those well over six-feet tall will find the Q7 roomy in the front. Head room is very generous, the seat slides back a long way to deliver lots of leg room and there’s loads of elbow room, too.
The large door bins will each take a 1.5-litre bottle, and there are two cupholders next to the gearlever. Under the armrest, you’ll find another cubby with a rubber tray that’s ideal for stowing your mobile phone.
The glovebox is big enough to hold bulkier objects such as a can of de-icer or a window scraper.
Getting in and out of the second-row seats is easy, thanks to large door apertures and small sills. The Q7 offers a few centimetres more leg room than a BMW X5 or Land Rover Discovery, and virtually matches that of the Volvo XC90. This means tall adults have plenty of knee room, and the interior’s generous height provides good head space, too. There’s also enough shoulder room for three adults to comfortably sit side-by-side.
Really tall adults will only want to sit in the two rearmost seats for short trips, but anyone under six foot won’t feel too cramped – and they’re roomier than the third row seats in a BMW X5 or Mercedes GLE. A Discovery or a BMW X7 is a better bet if you regularly need to carry seven adults, though.
The Q7 is one of very few cars on sale with six Isofix mounts, so is a seriously child-friendly choice.
Seat folding and flexibility
All three seats in the second row slide backwards and forwards independently of one another and have reclining backrests; the outer two seats tumble forward pretty easily to allow access to the rearmost seats.
If you need extra load space, the second-row backrests can be folded flat in one simple operation using a lever at the base of each seat. As they fold individually, they offer the flexibility to accommodate long loads while still carrying passengers.
Meanwhile, the two third row seats lie flush with the boot floor when they aren’t in use. They can be raised or lowered individually at the touch of a button, either by the rear doors or near the tailgate.
In five-seat mode, even with the second row of seats slid fully back, the boot is easily big enough to take a couple of buggies or several large suitcases. There are four lashing eyes, plus a small cubby on the left hand side.
With all seven seats in place, the boot shrinks to less than half the size, but will still swallow a couple of small suitcases. In this arrangement, you'll fit more luggage in the Q7 than you would in a Discovery.
If you fold down all five rear seats, you’re left with a vast space and a completely flat extended load area. This makes loading bulky items a piece of pie, especially since there’s no lip at the boot entrance. A powered tailgate is standard on every Q7.