Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • The Q7’s strongest attribute
  • Excellent build quality
  • Impressive multimedia tech

Typically Audi in its formation, the dashboard layout and structure is clean, simple and features a flowing surface - dominated by the full-length air vent - that suggests it’s been hewn from a solid element rather than constructed from various components. And while it doesn’t look as exciting, as vibrant or as intricate as some found in rival SUVs, the feeling of quality is clear.

Before its facelift in 2019, the Q7’s dashboard was the best out there among its rivals, but Audi’s updated it to compete with impressive offerings from latest versions of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. As such, it now features the latest version of Virtual Cockpit, a large 10.1-inch touchscreen and an 8.6-inch lower touchscreen set at an angle.

It’s not quite as easy to operate as the rotary dial MMI (for MultiMedia Interface) infotainment setup before the facelift, but the system itself is vastly improved with crisp, clear graphics, while the screens are very bright and responsive. The update has given the Q7 a far more modern, technological feel. It can take a little getting used to – especially as the previous system was so good – but once you learn where everything is, it’s intuitive enough.

Top-quality materials

Material quality is impeccable, as we’ve come to expect from Audi, with finely detailed information screens, neatly formed switchgear and plush plastics and seat materials. A range of trims are available, but all models come well-built and feel worth the money you pay for it.

And regardless of which seat option you choose, it’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel of the Q7 thanks to masses of adjustment in both the steering wheel and seat.

Comfort

  • A comfortable car in general
  • Several suspension options on offer
  • Excellent cabin refinement

If there’s something the Audi Q7 does well, then comfort is definitely it – it’s a resolutely easy car to drive, and with standard adaptive air suspension it’s supple and softly sprung, even with larger wheels. Combined with a distinct lack of wind or road noise, it means the Q7 is perfectly refined at speed and an ideal vehicle for covering long distances in.

2019 Audi Q7 front-seat comfort

The standard air suspension is the one you want though. Black Edition and Vorsprung models come with a sportier air suspension option that can feel a little firmer and more fidgety on rougher surfaces, so we’d recommend you stick with the standard setup. It suits the Q7’s character.

The engines, while not the most exhilarating units, are quiet with a linear spread of their power and hushed engine note – most likely thanks to the sound deadening employed in the car’s structure. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox, both at docile speeds and more committed velocities, further increases the sensation of comfort. The mild-hybrid system contributes here, cutting the engine while you’re still moving, but coming back to life very gently and smoothly.

Choose the electrically adjustable seats, which also offer a heating and ventilating function, and it won’t take long for front-seat passengers to find their ideal driving position either. And those suffering from any aches and pains will delight in the massage function, with various choices of treatment on the move.