The Audi Q7’s electric front seats adjust easily and middle seat-passengers’ seats recline and slide forwards. The back row is tight though and the boot’s small with seven people aboard
Getting comfortable in the front of the Audi Q7 is as simple as one-two-three. Even basic SE cars come with electrically adjustable seats that remove the effort of having to manually move your chair. Backache sufferers will be glad to hear that they’re also heated and have lumbar adjustment. Getting comfortable behind the steering wheel is just as simple thanks to a steering wheel that adjusts for height and reach, and front seats that also adjust for height.
To get the most cosseting chairs Audi Q7 has to offer, you’ll need to go for the £3,500 Comfort seats with perforated Valcona leather. Up front, they can be ventilated to cool your body on hot summer days, and they also have a memory function that means the seat can automatically return to your exact position after someone else has used it.
The seats in the middle row aren’t available with all those options – although you can have them heated for an extra £400 – but they do offer more space than you’ll get in the likes of a Land Rover Discovery or Volvo XC90. There’s loads of knee and headroom, and all three can slide forwards, backwards or recline individually. Getting in is helped by the Audi Q7’s huge doors and the fact that you can simply slide into your seat because the big Audi sits at the perfect height.
It’s even reasonably spacious with three people sitting in the second row. The Audi Q7’s width means there’s plenty of space for your passengers’ shoulders, the middle seat is supportive and the car’s large footwells ensure there is room for everyone’s feet.
Even younger kids are looked after – every passenger seat is fitted with Isofix points. Fitting a child seat to the middle row is easy largely because there’s so much space to manoeuvre in, the big doors give great access and the Isofix points are easy to access behind a large removable pad.
In fact, the only blot on the Audi Q7’s copybook is its third row of seats. Accessing them is a less-than-elegant process requiring you to fold the outer seats on the middle row. The gap left to clamber through isn’t huge and once you’re in place even average-sized adults will feel confined, meaning the sixth and seventh seats are really only suitable for kids.
The Audi Q7’s massive interior is packed full of useful smaller storage spaces so you can store enough Evian to keep a football team watered. There are cupholders galore and the glovebox is also pretty big. In front of the gearstick you get a tray that’s ideal for change or keys and under the front centre armrest there’s a space that’s plenty big enough for your phone and has two USB plugs and an Aux port.
Go for the £1,195-1,695 Technology Pack – which includes the essential Virtual Cockpit – and you also get wireless charging for your compatible mobile phone, so there’s no need to have messy cables trailing through the cabin. The same pack also means you can hook two phones (not one) to the car’s Bluetooth phone connection.
The Q7’s about the same size as a three-bedroom detached house and it can accomodate the same number of people
The Audi Q7 has a reasonable amount of boot space even with all seven seats in place. Its 295-litre capacity is a little less than you get in the Volvo XC90 (314 litres), but it’s roomy enough for a baby stroller or a large suitcase with a couple of soft bags. You also get a smaller netted cubby that makes it easier to keep the boot tidy and a 12V socket that’s useful for powering electricals such as a portable vacuum.
Fold down the rearmost row of seats – easily done because they drop electrically via a button in the boot – and you’re left with a 770 litre capacity that’ll happily swallow four suitcases and have room left over for a variety of bags and boxes. It has all the space you’ll need for a family holiday for five people and the lack of a load lip means heavy luggage can simply be slid into place.
Annoyingly, the middle row of seats has to be dropped down manually from the rear passenger doors but the resulting 1,955 litres is more than you get in a Volvo XC90 (1,868 litres) and will shame some vans, too. Its ideal if you have a big job like a house move or a trip to the skip, but also means you can easily carry a couple of bikes without having to dismantle them.
Specify the £2,000 air suspension and big jobs are even easier because the back of the car can drop down on its suspension to ease loading.