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2010 Audi Q7 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Audi Q7 was new.


Interior: 8.3

Reviewers praise the 2010 Q7's high level of luxury and versatile cargo space, but have mixed opinions on its seating space and interior controls.

  • "Most of the cabin is virtually identical to the previous model, but a few small touches (i.e. more chrome switchgear, ambient lighting in the doors, wood inlay on the passenger-side dashboard) adds an upscale aura." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "First-rate finish, with good-quality materials. The overall atmosphere is a bit dull, however. S line models in particular lack warmth or sportiness, as there's very little aluminum trim, and most other materials are funeral black." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Like all Audis, the Q7 ranks high in interior materials and build quality. The dash layout is driver-oriented, and Audi's MMI (on trims so equipped) is relatively easy to use once you've had some practice." -- Edmunds


The seven-seat Audi Q7 has a large exterior, and it's spacious inside too. The first and second rows comfortably fit most adults, but reviewers say the third row is barely even livable for small children. However, this complaint is typical for midsize SUVs. Few of the Q7's competitors offer third rows, and those that do (such as the Lexus GX and Acura MDX) receive similarly poor reviews for comfort.

A plus for families who anticipate spills or stains is that leather upholstery is standard. An optional six-passenger configuration for Prestige models replaces the second row middle bench with a fixed center console. An optional Cold Weather Package adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Ventilated front seats and premium leather are available in the Luxury Package.

  • "There's generous foot and legroom in the second row, and these seats recline and slide fore and aft. The seats closest to the windows are firmly cushioned but comfortable, while the center spot feels like sitting on a leather-covered park bench -- it's that hard." -- Cars.com
  • "Athletic moves are needed to reach the third-row-seat area, which is best left to children or to adults no more than 5 feet 3 inches tall." -- MSN
  • "In the third row, no adult would be comfortable, and few children over five feet would want to ride here for more than 20 minutes... people who will use the third row more frequently will want something bigger than the Q7." -- Forbes

Interior Features

The Audi Q7 is luxurious and well-equipped. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a power tailgate, Bluetooth and a six-disc CD changer.

The Multi Media Interface (MMI), which is standard on Premium Plus and Prestige models, operates the information, navigation and entertainment systems. Many reviewers have found it difficult to learn and use this system in the past. An update for 2010 may help matters, but most reviewers have yet to test the new system. The system now works with voice commands, and the navigation portion gets a 3D interface and joystick control.

  • "We've put thousands of miles on our long-term Q7 test vehicle and remain impressed by its collection of luxury features, versatile and beautifully crafted interior." -- Edmunds
  • "The MMI system thoughtfully leaves routine climate adjustments to separate controls, but it absorbs most audio functions, rendering many distracting and time consuming. Interacting with MMI for navigation and vehicle-system settings also takes time." -- Consumer Guide


Most reviewers feel the rear of the Q7 is better utilized for hauling cargo than people. With all three rows in use, it provides 10.9 cubic feet of space -- which is quite large for a three-row vehicle – and provides 72.5 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. By contrast, the Acura MDX provides around 15 cubic feet with all seats in use and a maximum of 83.5 cubic feet. It also costs $4,700 less than the Q7 and gets better fuel economy.

A downside is that the Q7 offers very few storage areas for small items unless you opt for the pricey Prestige trim. That model comes standard with a Storage Package that adds an air-conditioned glove box, door storage, map pockets on front seat backs and coin storage next to the shifter.

  • "Erecting folded 3rd-row seats demands a long stretch from the tail or rear side doors. Handy open storage spaces are lacking. The front console has two cupholders and covered storage for a cell phone, but not much more." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The rear seats all fold flat, but even with all three rows up, there's an impressive 10.9 cubic feet of space in the cargo bay." -- Motor Trend
  • "With the second and third rows folded flat, the Q7 has just 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is unimpressive compared with other crossovers in its class." -- Edmunds

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