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2012 Audi Q7 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Audi Q7 was new.


Interior: 6.7

The interior of the 2012 Audi Q7 is upscale and attractive, which is what reviewers expect from a luxury SUV. But some say they expect roomier second- and third-row accommodations and easier-to-understand media interface controls.

  • "First-rate finish, with good-quality materials. The overall atmosphere is a bit dull, however.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The ... Audi Q7 is in the unenviable position of being big on the outside but small on the inside. This full-size SUV weighs 5,500 pounds and measures 16.7 feet long, making it roughly the same size as a Cadillac Escalade or Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Despite this, the Q7 has a cramped third-row seat that struggles to accommodate full-size adults, and a maximum cargo capacity no greater than a humble Toyota RAV4's.” -- Edmunds


The Audi Q7 comes standard with seating for seven, a rarity in a class full of optional third rows. Auto critics say that the front seats are supportive and long-haul comfortable, with plenty of space. Although its built-in third row may imply that the Q7’s back-seat accommodations are more comfortable than rivals’, reviewers say that’s not so. Nearly every test driver complains that the Q7’s third row is smaller and less comfortable than many of its competitors’ offerings, and one writer mentions that even the sliding second row doesn’t do much to mitigate third-row legroom.

  • "Q7 offers fine legroom and affords generous headroom due to a wide ranging seat-height adjuster. The firm seats are long-haul comfortable and have a multitude of adjustments.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "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
  • "It's a mixed bag as far as passenger space goes, though, with a relatively roomy second row but a cramped third row. The latter can only comfortably seat children or small adults, which is disappointing given the Q7's size and the fact that most of its competitors can accommodate average-sized adults.” -- Edmunds
  • "Those generous dimensions should have been a plus for interior volume, too, but that was not the case - the Audi’s second and third rows (standard in all Q7s) were disappointingly snug.” -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Critics say the Audi Q7 upholds Audi’s reputation for high-quality, well-equipped interiors. The Q7 comes standard with features like leather upholstery, heated front seats, parking sensors and a power tailgate. On a BMW X5, these features all cost extra.

But reviewers spend most of their time talking about its Multi Media Interface (MMI) system. In the past, most found it difficult and cumbersome to use, though some reviewers say it just takes some practice to master. The system works with voice commands and a remote joystick controlling a 3D display. This year, the Audi Q7 gets an optional upgrade to the Audi Connect navigation system that’s based on Google Earth, and adds a Wi-Fi hot spot that can support up to eight connected devices.

  • "Like all Audis, the Q7 ranks high when it comes to its interior. The dash layout is driver-oriented, and Audi's MMI is relatively easy to use once you've had some practice.” -- 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


The Audi Q7 offers cargo space that’s average compared with other luxury crossovers' space. Reviewers note that there isn’t much small-item storage throughout the Q7’s cabin, and that the third row can be tough to fold down. The Q7 can hold a mere 10.9 cubic feet of cargo behind the third row, though that number expands to 42 cubic feet with the third row folded flat. With both the second and third rows stowed, the Q7 can store 72.5 cubic feet of cargo.

If you need more space than the Audi Q7 can offer, take a look at the Acura MDX. With a maximum of 83.5 cubic feet, it has one of the largest cargo holds in its class.

  • "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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