Even those well over six-feet tall will still find the Q7 roomy. Head room is very generous indeed, the seat slides back a long way delivering lots of leg room and there’s a generous amount of elbow room.
Storage options are numerous and varied. The large door bins will each take a 1.5-litre bottle, and they 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 will swallow up loose change. Behind this, to the side of the gearlever, are two cupholders. At the rear of the gearlever, under the folding armrests, there’s a cubby for a mobile phone and a rubberised tray.
The glovebox is big enough to hold larger objects like a can of de-icer or a window scraper.
Audi Q7 rear space
Getting into 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 or Land Rover Discovery, and virtually matches that in the Volvo XC90. This means three tall adults will have plenty of knee room, while the cabin’s generous height brings good head room. There’s enough shoulder room for three adults to sit comfortably in the individually sliding and reclining seats.
Really tall adults will only want to sit in the rearmost seats for short trips, but anyone under six foot won’t feel too cramped. It’s worth remembering that the e-tron’s batteries mean you only get five seats; you can’t even have seven as an option.
Middle-row passengers have space for a 1.5-litre bottle of water in each door pocket, and there are two cupholders in the rear centre armrest. There are also pockets on the rear of the front seats, and a small tray on the back of the centre console, while those in the two rearmost seats each get their own cupholder below the side window.
Audi Q7 seating 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 means you can save your ideal seating position and recall it simply by pressing a button.
All three seats in the middle row slide forwards and backwards, and have reclining backrests; the outer two seats tilt forwards easily to allow access to the rearmost seats. If you need extra load space, the backrests fold flat to the floor in one simple operation using a lever on each seat’s base. As they fold individually, this offers the flexibility to accommodate long loads with the option of still carrying passengers.
The rearmost seats lie flush with the boot floor when folded. Each seat can be raised or lowered electrically, using buttons by the rear doors or the tailgate.
Audi Q7 boot space
In five-seat mode, even with the middle row of seats in place and 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, but will still swallow a couple of medium-sized suitcases, and there’s a small amount of under floor storage, too.
If you fold down all five of the rear seats, you’re left with a vast space and a completely flat extended load area. This makes loading bulky items relatively straightforward, especially since there’s no lip at the boot entrance.
A powered tailgate is standard, although there’s no handy split opening for easier access in tight spots.