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2021 Audi Q7 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.3

The 2021 Audi Q7 has an opulent cabin lined with elegant, premium materials. It’s full of high-tech features that are relatively easy to use, but cargo space is a bit below average for the class.

  • "With its minimalist, contemporary design matched with loads of technology and excellent comfort and build quality, the Q7's cabin is a special place. Beautiful materials and design highlight the Q7's interior, as do the intelligent layout of its controls and the comfortable seats that feature both ample support and adjustability." -- Car and Driver
  • "It doesn’t take a 4-ringed symbol in the middle of the steering wheel to tell an Audi cabin. The Q7’s interior is a prime example of a major Audi strength, where aesthetics and functionality work in harmony." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The … 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 (2018)

Cargo           

With 14.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 35.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 69.6 cubic feet with both rows folded, the Audi Q7 has a smaller cargo hold than most other luxury midsize SUVs. A hands-free power liftgate comes standard.

  • "As with most three-row SUVs, there isn't a ton of cargo space in the Audi's cargo area when all of its seats are in use. But it has available space comparable with its key rivals, and the rearmost row can be quickly raised or lowered via power controls, which makes up for the somewhat clumsy operation of the middle row. With all seats stowed, the 2019 Q7 had room for 25 of our carry-on suitcases, a result we expect the 2021 model to match." -- Car and Driver
  • "Cargo capacity ... below the class average, but at least it's nearly all usable. The power-folding third-row seats, hands-free liftgate and low floor height make for easy loading." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Where the Q7 falters a bit is in the utility department. Yes, this is a full-size luxury SUV, and as such it can haul more stuff than the majority of vehicles on the road, but for something so large, cargo space leaves something to be desired." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Seating

The Q7 can seat up to seven people in three rows. Leather upholstery is standard, along with heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, and a power-folding third row. A bevy of upgrades are available, including ventilated and massaging front seats, 12-or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery, and power rear-window sunshades.

The front-row seats are both roomy and supportive. The second row also has ample space for most passengers, but the seats are less supportive. While you can fit adults in the third row for short trips, space back there is better left for kids.

For installing child safety seats, the Q7 has five complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, three for the second row and two for the third.

  • "All told, the Q7 has a quiet and comfortable cabin that exudes good style, but we wish the folding third row had a little more room for average-size adults." -- Autotrader
  • "How’s the third row in a 2021 Audi Q7? It’s okay. While there’s enough room for a school run and/or smaller family members, an adult would not want to take a long trip while seated back there." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats have enough bolstering to hold occupants comfortably in place, but not so much to be aggressive. The second row is less promising: Outboard seats have minimal bolstering, so you slide around quite a bit. The middle seat, though wider than many, is still not the most comfortable spot to sit in." -- Cars.com (2020)

Interior Features

The Q7 comes standard with the Audi Virtual Cockpit, a 12.3-inch configurable display that replaces the traditional gauge cluster with an all-digital interface. Bundled with the standard MMI infotainment system are a dual touch-screen setup with a 10.1-inch upper display and an 8.6-inch lower display, as well as a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, USB ports, and Bluetooth.

The MMI infotanment system is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it's full of high-tech features, it's responsive, and it uses audio signals and haptic (touch- and vibration-based) feedback to let you know that your selections registered. On the other hand, many functions are buried in submenus, and there aren’t many physical controls.

The base Premium trim also comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, and several of Audi’s safety systems, including Pre Sense Basic, Front, and Rear.

Options include quad-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, and an upgraded stereo with 19 or 23 speakers. There are also several available driver aids, such as a surround-view parking camera system, a night-vision camera, intersection assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist.

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  • "As in 2020, a dual-screen infotainment system … takes up most of the Q7’s center console. Choose the Virtual Cockpit as well (recommended) and the cabin takes on a high-tech (yet user-friendly) air that complements the clean lines and fine materials." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though the screens – 10.1-inches top and 8.6 inches below – allow a virtually button-free center stack, they come with at least one undeniable downside. They relegate some critical tasks into the system’s submenus, which is both time consuming and annoying. Still, the screens look modern, and their response time, which is acknowledged by both haptic and audio feedback, is quick. And when they’re off, they disappear into an otherwise black dashboard, creating a look that’s more integrated and better finished than the Q7’s German competitors." -- Autoblog (2020)
  • "The dashboard has been completely reworked, giving the Q7 what amounts to the Q8 interior. That means physical climate controls are gone, replaced by a lower, 8.6-inch touchscreen that houses controls for the climate and seat temperature among other functions. As a showpiece, the new dashboard and multimedia system look great: The screens are sharp and the whole of it gleams. With a standard 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument panel, too, the Q7 has a futuristic look and feel." -- Cars.com (2020)
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