If the new Q7’s exterior seems a bit too plain to you, don’t leave the showroom just yet! Stunningly designed and beautifully executed, the new Audi Q7’s cabin is the car’s real highlight. The large air-con vents running across the dashboard look unique and the silver and wood finish underneath is tastefully done.
The air-con controls and knobs are finished in matt chrome and the knurled finish to the touch points feel top drawer. The dash design is based on Audi’s superb Virtual Cockpit theme first seen on the Audi TT. While you get a conventional high-res MMI screen on top of the dash the one that sits in place of the conventional instruments looks really high-tech and futuristic.
The 12.3-inch TFT display can be switched between two different user interfaces. In “Infotainment” mode, a central window dominates the view, providing a large stage for the navigation map or for lists in the phone, radio and audio areas. The tachometer and speedometer are displayed as small dial instruments on the right and left. In the normal mode, the ancillary display space is smaller, and conventional speedometer and tachometer takes centre stage.
You sit high up in the new Q7 and the low dash and slim pillars give you a clear view of your surroundings. The seat itself is well bolstered and there is loads of space up front. But it’s at the rear that the Q7 is a marked improvement over its predecessor. Apart from having more space, the bench is well shaped and the seatback can be reclined according to your comfort.
You also get a third row (if you are confident enough, not to take the spare tyre along) which feels better executed than before. But thanks to the knees-up seating it is best for children or for adults you don’t like. Boot space is again hampered by the vertically mounted spare and with all three rows up there is decent space to carry two soft bags.
In terms of equipment the Q7 comes well loaded. In the base Premium Plus variant you get panoramic sunroof, electric leather seats, electric steering adjust, parking assist with rear camera, four-zone climate control, an electric folding third row, 8 airbags and, LED headlamps. The Technology pack (the car featured here) adds larger 19-inch alloys, Matrix Beam headlamps, auto park assist, 360-degree camera, a fantastic sounding Bose audio and the Virtual cockpit instrumentation.