2018 Audi Q7

Interior


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2018 Audi Q7 Interior Review

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Interior: 8.8

The 2018 Audi Q7 has many interior attributes. Top-notch materials adorn every surface, and many more are available. Its cozy seats, quiet ride, and open, airy cabin create a relaxing ambience. The Q7 is also convenient, with well-designed child seat hardware and rear seats that fold in multiple configurations. However, its cargo area is smaller than many others in this class.

  • "The 2017 Q7's modern and luxurious interior is a great place to spend time. It's attractive without being gimmicky, and everything is thoughtfully designed, placed and executed. The only real downside is its relatively small cargo space." -- Edmunds
  • "Audi has a knack for crafting some of the finest yet most useful cabins, and the Q7 is no exception. The interior of Audi's flagship SUV is highlighted by standard leather upholstery and a recast dash with an A8-style double-inlay design. Logically arrayed controls, a fresh 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel and highly legible instrumentation -- both conventional and the via the Virtual Cockpit display -- round out its more user-friendly character." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

There are three rows of seats inside a Q7, and it can fit seven people. Leather upholstery and heated, eight-way power-adjustable front seats come standard. The second row has a 35/30/35 split, the power-folding third row is split 50/50, and all rear seats can be folded individually. Available features include upgraded leather seats; a heated, power-adjustable steering wheel; heated rear seats; and front seats with ventilation, massage, and 18-way power adjustments.

No matter your size, it's easy to get comfortable in the first and second rows of seats. The seats are well-cushioned and have lots of headspace and legroom. Like many other 3-row midsize SUVs, the last row is too small to accommodate adults on long trips.

For caregivers using child safety seats, there are five full sets of LATCH hardware (a rarity). As an extra treat, all of the anchors are user-friendly and easy to find.

  • "The front and middle-row seats easily accommodate larger adults and the standard panoramic sunroof enhances the airy feeling. The third-row seats are intended for occasional use and smaller passengers; the knees-up posture can feel confining." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

The Q7’s standard infotainment system includes a 7-inch display, Audi's MMI infotainment system, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, HD Radio, and satellite radio. The base model also comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a proximity key, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

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

The Q7's infotainment interface contains numerous menus and settings, but once you get used to it, the system is straightforward. Several of the upgraded features are among user favorites – including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the virtual cockpit – and the screen's graphics are incredibly sharp.

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  • "Audi's MMI technology interface is one of the best around. From the standard 7-inch touchscreen to the 8.3-inch display, there are crisp graphics and simple menus as well as easy-to-learn controls. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more user-friendly interface." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Cargo

The Q7's cargo area is a little smaller than you typically get in a luxury 3-row SUV, and its in-cabin storage is sparse. With every seat in place, it has 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The third row comes standard with power-folding seats with a 50/50 split; laying these down creates a 37.5-cubic-foot cargo hold. The second-row seats have a 35/30/35 split and fold manually. You can fold down every rear seat individually, allowing for lots of configurations, and with every seat down, the Q7 has a total cargo capacity of 71.6 cubic feet. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "While there's plenty of space when you fold the seats down, you'll have a harder time squeezing things into the Q7 if you've got several passengers. Luggage loads easily in the back thanks to a power-folding third row, hands-free liftgate and low floor height." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
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