Audi Q7 review - lighter, more efficient and loaded with tech, but should you buy one? - Interior and tech

Better to drive and plenty of tech, but still behind rivals

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from £50,340
  • Space and practicality mix with Audi quality
  • The driving equivalent of beige; expensive if you dive into the options

Audi has developed something of a reputation for interior design and quality, and that isn’t something it’s likely to drop with its all-wheel drive flagship. Indeed, the Q7’s interior is quite magnificent.

It starts, as it does with the TT and the new Audi A4, with the optional Virtual Cockpit – a £600 option that’s well worth having to enhance the Q7’s high-tech appeal. This puts a 12.3-inch adaptive display in front of the driver, relaying all the usual information plus detailed navigation mapping, night vision assistant images, and other functions in crystal clarity.

Interior materials feel immaculately-assembled, every switch and knob operates with oily-slick precision and it’s easy to find the ideal driving position. A master of options, Audi also offers different steering wheel designs – one with a flat bottom, like the firm’s sportier models – Nappa leather trim, four-zone climate control in the rear and more.

In terms of technology, the Q7 is also available with LED headlights. Buyers can specify All-weather LED headlights for £1550 on SE models (they’re standard on S Line), which includes high-beam assist and dynamic indicators that sweep from the inside to the outside of each lamp. For £2450 on SE or £950 on S Line, Matrix LED lights are also available, which adjust the beams around oncoming traffic and according to the road, based on GPS data.

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