The Audi Q7 is a plush seven-seater SUV that’s comfortable, surprisingly good to drive and packed full of tech, but it’s a pity the third row of seats is only really suitable for kids
The Audi Q7 is a luxurious SUV you should buy if you want a car that’s posh but also very practical – or because you want an SUV that’ll make you feel (almost literally) on top of the world.
That’s certainly how you feel when you’re sat in the Q7’s driver’s seat and looking at its fabulous interior, with its awesome build quality and extremely clever technology.
The optional Virtual Cockpit is a must-have that transforms the instrument binnacle into a huge sat-nav display and comes as part of the Technology Pack that starts from £1,195 depending on the model you pick.
Fortunately, seven seats come as standard and although the third row is only really suitable for children, the seats in the middle would do the job in a luxury limo. All three recline individually, as well as sliding forwards and backwards independently, and having their own air-con vents and 12V power socket.
The Q7 has a useful 295-litre boot even with all seven seats in use. It can easily swallow a few bags of shopping. Fold down the back row of seats and the Audi’s capacity increases to 770 litres, which is more than a enough for a couple of weeks away with the family. There’s no load lip so you can easily slide heavy items into place and, if you pay £2,000 extra for the Adaptive Air Suspension, the Q7 can even low its rear end to help you load it.
The air suspension may be expensive, but it makes the Q7 glide over bumpy roads – it’s even more cosseting than the comfy regular setup. Factor in an interior that is almost pin-drop quiet, a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP and there aren’t many cars that provide you family with the same level of comfort and security.
The Audi Q7 resembles a posh ocean liner for comfort, space and sheer presence
It’s even surprisingly agile in bends for such a large machine, although if you want a Q7 that’s actually sporty you’ll need to go for the bonkers quick SQ7. If you’d rather save fuel than shave seconds off your journey time then the e-tron hybrid model is worth a look, but for most purposes the 272hp 3.0-litre diesel ticks all the boxes. It has a silky smooth power delivery, feels pretty quick and can return around 35mpg in the real world. Pretty reasonable for a huge SUV!
It’s this depth of talent that steered the Audi Q7 to victory against the Land Rover Discovery and the Volvo XC90 in our group test. For more in-depth info on the Q7, read our following interior, driving and specification reviews sections.