Even those well over six-feet tall will find the Q7 roomy. 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.
Storage options are numerous - the large door bins will each take a 1.5-litre bottle and have clever recesses in their rear edge, into which you can slot a small umbrella.
A tray with a sliding lid sits in the centre of the dash and is ideal for loose change. To the side of the gearlever are two cupholders, while under the armrest is a cubby for a mobile phone and a rubberised tray.
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 middle-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 and Land Rover Discovery, and virtually matches that of the Volvo XC90. This means three tall adults will have plenty of knee room, and the interior’s generous height brings good head space. There’s enough shoulder room for three adults to sit comfortably in the individually sliding, reclining seats.
Middle-row passengers have space for a 1.5-litre bottle in each door pocket and there are two cupholders in the rear centre armrest. There are also pockets on the front seatbacks and a small tray on the back of the centre console, and those in the two rearmost seats each get their own cupholder.
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. A Discovery is a better bet if you regularly need to carry seven people. It’s also worth remembering that space taken by the e-tron's batteries means you only get five seats.
Seat folding and flexibility
The front passenger, like the driver, gets a fully electric seat. The range of movement on offer includes lumbar support adjustment and an extendable seat base. An optional memory function (standard on Vorsprung trim) means you can save your seating position and recall it simply by pressing a button.
All three seats in the middle row slide forward and backwards and have reclining backrests; the outer two seats tilt forward easily to allow access to the rearmost seats. If you need extra load space, the middle-row backrests fold flat to the floor in one simple operation via a lever at the base of each seat. As they fold individually, there's the flexibility to accommodate long loads while still carrying passengers.
The rearmost seats lie flush with the boot floor when folded. Either can be raised or lowered individually at the touch of a button by the rear doors or near the tailgate.
In five-seat mode, even with the middle 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 in each corner, 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 medium-sized suitcases, and there’s a small amount of underfloor storage, too. In this arrangement, you'll fit more luggage 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 all Q7s and an electric load compartment cover comes on Vorsprung models and the e-tron.