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2011 Audi Q7 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Audi Q7 was new.


Interior: 7.3

Reviewers praise the 2011 Q7's high level of luxury and versatile cargo space, but have mixed opinions on its seating space and interior controls.

  • "First-rate finish, with good-quality materials. The overall atmosphere is a bit dull, however." -- 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. As is typical for the class, however, while the first and second rows comfortably fit most adults, reviewers say the third row is barely even livable for small children. 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.

  • "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. Audi has not yet released a full list of features for 2011, but the 2010 model comes with dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a power tailgate, Bluetooth capability and a six-disc CD changer. HD radio is newly standard for 2011.

The Multi Media Interface (MMI), standard on higher trims, operates the information, navigation and entertainment systems -- but many have found it difficult to learn and use in the past. The system now works with voice commands, and the navigation portion gets a 3D display.

  • "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 dashboard and center console are populated with numerous buttons and switches, despite the aim of the MMI system to reduce such clutter. The MMI system thoughtfully leaves routine climate adjustments to separate controls, but it absorbs most audio functions, rendering many distracting and time consuming." -- Consumer Guide


Most reviewers feel the rear of the Q7 is better utilized for hauling cargo than people. Audi has not yet released cargo capacity figures for 2011, but they’re expected to be the same as the 2010 model. With all three rows in use, the 2010 Q7 provides 10.9 cubic feet of space -- which is quite large for a three-row vehicle – and 72.5 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. By contrast, the 2010 Acura MDX provides even more space -- around 15 cubic feet with all seats in use and a maximum of 83.5 cubic feet.

A downside is that the Q7 offers very few storage areas for small items.

  • "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
  • "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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