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2017 Audi Q7 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Audi Q7 was new.


Interior: 8.8

Auto writers praise the 2017 Audi Q7's cabin, which they say is well-built and filled with top-notch materials. Both the standard and the optional front seats are comfortable, and the second row is roomy. Like most 3-row SUVs, the Q7's third-row seats are too small for adults. The tech features will take some time to master, but they are mostly easy to use. The Q7 has a small cargo area for the class.

  • "Audi's fit and finish and attention to detail remain excellent. And our test car's sumptuous wood trim and rich, Nougat Brown leather contrasted nicely with the hi-res displays and fancy switchgear, giving a private-jet sort of vibe." -- Car and Driver
  • "With a crypt-quiet cabin, smooth ride and plush seating, the 2017 Audi Q7 is one of the most comfortable vehicles on the road." -- Edmunds
  • "As expected, the interior of this big Audi is a quality place. And as expected, it's far too nice for children with their jam hands." -- Autoblog
  • "Build quality is up to Audi snuff, with consistent graining down to foot level and sufficient padding in areas where your arms and elbows rest." -- Cars.com
  • "Finely grained plastics and metal trim pieces, along with supple leather seats, produce a genuine sense of luxury." -- Automobile Magazine


The 2017 Q7 seats seven and comes standard with heated, eight-way power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. A heated, power tilting and telescoping steering wheel, ventilated, 18-way power-adjustable front seats, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, and upgraded leather are optional.

The standard front seats have plenty of cushioning, and the optional seats with more adjustment offer a wider range of support for long journeys. There is ample head- and legroom in the second row, though the third-row seats offer only enough room for children, which is a common complaint for a 3-row SUV. Each second- and third-row seat can be folded individually, allowing you to customize seating and cargo to best fit your needs. The second row is split 30/35/30, and the third row is split 50/50.

  • "Its front seats are well cushioned, and the Prestige trim's 12-way power adjustments and ventilation ensure long-distance comfort for any body type. There is a slight lack of lateral support that can be remedied with the optional 18-way adjustable seats if it bothers you." -- Edmunds
  • "The lone letdown is the third row of seats, which as in many three-row crossovers is not meant for adults." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The second row has good seating height and headroom, though a large center floor hump limits footwell space. Legroom ranges from acceptable to good, depending on where you position the sliding second row." -- Cars.com
  • "The middle row folds and tumbles out of the way with a 35/30/35 split. All five back seats can be configured any way you want, meaning if the kids want to go in the third row, you can fold all the second-row seats down, leaving a ton of space in the middle." -- AutoWeek

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Q7 include tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, a 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, a 7-inch display, Audi's MMI infotainment system, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

Optional features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 19-speaker Bose audio system, a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a larger 8.3-inch display, navigation, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, active collision avoidance, active lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, a 360-degree camera system, and a night vision camera with pedestrian and animal detection. Audi's Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the dashboard gauges with a customizable 12.3-inch display, is also available.

The optional Virtual Cockpit has sharp graphics and is easy to use. Still, the sheer number of infotainment and tech features in the Q7 means you will have to take some time to learn them all. The active lane keep assist occasionally interferes with the driver's intention of easing farther away from cars driving in the opposite direction, as it pushes the car slightly closer to on-coming traffic than the driver is comfortable with.

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  • "I can't get enough of Audi's virtual cockpit, the 12.3-inch TFT screen that replaces all the gauges. … It's big, bright, lovely to look at, and easy to use, and I predict many competing manufacturers will offer something quite similar, quite soon." -- Motor Trend
  • "The natural tendency of a driver is to gently fade away from an oncoming car when it passes, but the lane-keeping feature -- which turns on automatically -- pushes you back towards the middle of the lane, toward the oncoming car. It led to a few hairier situations with bigger trucks and logging semis when we had to yank the car back over to the right line." -- AutoWeek
  • "On the midlevel Premium Plus trim and above, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration allow the driver to stay focused on the road. The feature-packed system may be a bit daunting at first, but after some time it becomes second nature." -- Edmunds
  • "Too bad you have to get very familiar with the MMI controller to find out how to adjust some of these systems. And while the tech in the Q7 generally works well, the level of personalization (hundreds of ways to change the interior lighting!) is overwhelming at times. It all makes sense in the end, but you wonder how much easier things would be if you had less choice." -- Autoblog
  • "You can switch the virtual cockpit displays via steering-wheel controls or Audi's MMI controller, which adds a huge touchpad with clickable areas for radio presets and menu shortcuts. The pad has pinch-and-swipe functionality for zooming and surfing, and the motions are seamless." -- Cars.com


The 2017 Audi Q7 has 14.8 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third-row seats, 37.5 with the third row folded, and 71.6 cubic feet with both rear rows folded, which is less overall cargo room than most competitors. The second-row seats fold manually and the third-row is power folding. Both rows lay flat. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

There are numerous small-item storage spaces throughout the cabin, though the center console isn't very deep.

  • "Cabin storage is modest, with an open tray near the cupholders but a shallow center console. Open the standard power liftgate and the Q7's power-folding third row drops in a 50/50-split for a flat load floor." -- Cars.com
  • "There are plenty of storage pockets and bins for your personal effects, but cargo space isn't as generous as rivals." -- Edmunds

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