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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Audi Q7 safety levels are adequate and it received a four star rating out of five from Euro NCAP, the independent crash test assessors - although a maximum five stars is now the norm.

The front occupants are protected by front, side and head airbags while the head airbag system extends back to protect all three rows. Additional side airbags can be specified for the second row too.

The standard electronic stability control has additional features including a rollover stabilisation program that intervenes if it detects the Q7 is in danger of toppling over.

More safety systems added in 2015 facelift

Standard safety kit after the update includes rear parking aid, adjustable speed limiter, rest recommendation and Audi pre sense city, which warns the driver of impending collisions and can also brake in an emergency, where a multi-collision brake assist system helps prevent the car from skidding.

Options include a cross-traffic assist, which warns the driver of other vehicles when driving slowly in reverse, and an exit warning system indicates vehicles or cyclists approaching from the rear before the door is opened.

Adaptive cruise control accelerates and brakes to keep the Q7 at a safe distance from cars ahead of it, and the traffic jam assistant will take over the steering in heavy traffic travelling slower than 37 mph.

A lane assistant makes small adjustments to the steering to help keep the Q7 in a lane,

Audi active lane assist uses a camera and small steering interventions to help the driver to stay in a lane, and a night vision assistant uses an infrared camera to detect pedestrians and animals in the dark.

With all seven seats in place, the Q7 still offers 330 litres of luggage space. Fold the third row (into the floor) and there's a 775-litre load area which is 150 litres more than the Volvo XC90. The second row of seats also folds flat (with a 60/40 split), creating a flat load floor for larger items.

There are cargo nets on the side of the passenger footwell and the backs of the front seats plus a waterproof storage area beneath the boot floor for storing things like dirty boots.

An optional remote tailgate powers the boot open and closed at the touch of a button. This was made standard in the 2015 round of updates, as was a lower loading lip.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi Q7 SUV (06-14).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Front fog lights
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Limited Edition equipment

Limited Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel

S Line equipment

S Line standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
S Line optional equipment
  • Heated seats

S Line Plus equipment

S Line Plus standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
S Line Plus optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim

S Line Sport Edition equipment

S Line Sport Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
S Line Sport Edition optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim

S Line Style Edition equipment

S Line Style Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
S Line Style Edition optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating

The Audi Q7 SUV (06-14) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.