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2014 Audi Q7 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Audi Q7 was new.


Interior: 7.0

The 2014 Audi Q7 receives high marks for its interior craftsmanship, with reviewers noting that materials are high-quality and that the overall appearance is elegant. Still, one test driver notes that some interior colors can make the Q7’s cabin look drab.

  • "The 2014 Q7's interior is par for the course with Audi, which means a tastefully designed dashboard with top-quality materials all around." -- Edmunds
  • "True to recent Audi tradition, the interior is where the 2014 Q7 earns its keep. The leather is supple and elegant, and the Dark Brown Walnut wood trim is a fantastic touch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Like other Audis, the Q7 interior impresses for top-notch furnishings and assembly. Still, cabin decor strikes us as curiously uninspired for a high-end SUV--low on visual warmth and richness, especially when outfitted in gray or black. We think the available beige interior is much more inviting." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The 2014 Audi Q7 seats seven and comes standard with leather seats, as well as heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Ventilated front seats are available. Reviewers find the front and middle row comfortable, but say the third row feels cramped.

  • "Adult-sized passengers will have plenty of space in the Q7's first two rows, but the third row is suitable only for kids." -- Edmunds
  • "The power front seats hold the driver just so. The second row provides ample room but things get cramped in the third row." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2011)

Interior Features

The 2014 Q7 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker stereo system, satellite radio, Bluetooth and rear parking sensors. Available features include four-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, Audi’s MMI infotainment system with navigation, HD Radio, either a Bose or Bang & Olufsen stereo system and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Reviewers offer mixed reviews of the MMI system, comparing it with similar systems offered in Mercedes-Benz and BMW models. One reviewer likes that climate controls are not part of the system, although another finds rivals' systems easier to use.

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  • "The front compartment is clearly built around the driver, creating a cockpit-like feel that's unusual in an SUV. The MMI electronics interface boasts logical menus and crisp graphics, although we still prefer BMW's iDrive or Mercedes' COMAND for overall ease of use." -- Edmunds
  • "MMI still puzzles some of our testers, but others find it as convenient as the latest BMW iDrive and Mercedes-Benz COMAND systems. All three require familiarization, especially by first-timers. At least Audi provides separate ‘hard’ controls for routine climate adjustments, though they, too, are situated too low for easiest use while driving." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


Behind the third-row seat, the Audi Q7 offers 10.9 cubic feet of cargo space. With the third row folded, there is 42 cubic feet, and with the second and third rows folded, there is 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The Q7's maximum cargo space is on par with what other contenders in the class have. Still, reviewers note that the Q7 doesn't have a lot of cargo capacity behind the third row.

  • "Despite having a larger footprint than its main competitors, the Q7 ranks below average for cargo capacity and passenger room in the third row." -- Edmunds
  • "Unfortunately, that same styling creates a somewhat snug interior, most noticeable in the 3rd-row seat and rear cargo area." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While the first two rows are spacious and comfortable, the third-row seats are best suited to children, and only 10.2 cubic feet of cargo space is available with all seats in the upright position." -- Left Lane News
  • "At least the load deck is flat, and rear seats can be folded without having to remove headrests first. Alas, erecting the folded 3rd-row seats demands a long stretch from the tail or rear doors. Small-items storage includes decent-size door pockets with bottleholders, front/rear cupholders, and a lidded console box in front, but no obvious place for stashing a smartphone or music player." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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