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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The worst aspect of driving the Q7 is dealing with its bulk, but it offers good all-round visibility and all models have rear parking sensors.

There are further options to make manoeuvring easier including a reversing camera with distance and direction information. A further option is a blind-spot warning system that lights up the door mirror.

The driver's seat is multi-adjustable and the steering wheel has both height and depth adjustment. The controls have a very logical and stylish layout with many functions being operated via a multi-function control dial just behind the gear lever.

The air-sprung suspension gives passengers a well-cushioned ride, especially in Comfort mode, so Audi Q7 comfort is a first class affair.

The interior has generous levels of space, with the standard set-up offering seven seats. The third row of seats, as with most seven-seaters, is intended for children and teenagers rather than adults but alternative five and six-seat options can be ordered, the six-seater option making more shoulder room available for those in the second row.

The interior exudes a very classy feel and there's scope to add optional extras to boost interior comfort levels including a full-length glass roof, four-zone climate control and double-glazed windows.

Facelifted models from mid-2009 are available with climate controlled comfort seats that can heat or cool passengers.

Facelift in 2015 brings smaller Audi Q7 with more interior space

The updated Q7 offers more head room and space between the first and second rows of seats, despite being a smaller car from the outside.

A newly developed, two-zone air conditioning system was added, using fewer buttons and controls. An optional four-zone system made its way onto the options list, with temperature displays integrated into the rotary dials.