2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Review: The Ultimate Commuting Machine
The large luxury SUV segment is a congested one, but the 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T with the Premium Plus package combines fun-to-drive factor, solid fuel economy, a roomy interior and premium features including the best navigation system on the market like no other – making the Q7 the Ultimate Commuting Machine. The Audi Q7 isn’t the biggest 3-row luxury SUV, nor does it have the most power or the longest list of features, but whether you are the driver or a passenger in any of the three rows, this is a great SUV for the daily grind.
Big Space in a Small Package
From the outside, the 2017 Audi Q7 doesn’t look like a “big SUV”, but it does have three rows of seats, allowing space for 7 people while still reserving some space out back for some cargo.
As is the case with many of the smaller three row SUVs, the rear-most seats are tight in the area of leg room, so you will want to seat children or shorter adults in the back row, but aside from being short on leg room, the third row offers enough space around the upper body and head comfortably seat an adult.
Although the third row is best suited for people around or under 5 feet tall, the second row and front seats offer ample seating space in every direction. If you put three adults in the second row, they will most certainly find themselves fighting for elbow room, but the Q7 has one interesting advantage over many vehicles with its second row seats. The middle seat is not just some awkward pad wedged between two normal outer seats, so the person seated in the middle enjoys the same basic seat pad construction as the other two people in that row. As a result, the ride is far more comfortable for the person sitting in the middle of the second row than it is with the vast majority of vehicles – making it a far more reliable seating position.
Realistically, I don’t imagine that many Audi Q7 owners are going to carpool with seven adults, but they could, provided that two of those adults are of below average height. On the other hand, say that a married couple with one small kid goes out to dinner with another married couple who has two small kids, the Q7 will comfortably hold everyone. One kid in the second row middle seat and the other two out back leaves the second row outer seats and the front seats for the adults – all of whom could be over 6 feet tall and still fit in any of those seats. Also, say that these two couples and the three kids are going to the beach for a day, the rear cargo area – while reduced by using the third row of seats – will still easily hold the baggage needed for a day-long outing with two small families.
Also, if you have a large family with, say, 4 or 5 kids, the Audi Q7 will comfortably accommodate the parents up front while providing plenty of space in the second and third row for the kids as they grow.
Best of all, if you aren’t transporting a bunch of people in the Audi Q7 and you need to haul something large, such as a new barbecue grill in a large box, all of the seats rear of the driver’s seat easily fold down to create a huge cargo area.
Premium Luxury Features
Space aside, the 2018 Audi Q7 cabin is exactly what you would expect from a large luxury SUV. The front seats are heated and cooled with full electronic adjustment and the second row outboard seats are heated while all of the seats are wrapped in plush premium leather. In addition to the heated and cooled seats, the Warm Weather Package adds 4-zone climate control, separating the air flow for the driver, the front passenger, the rear cabin right side and the rear cabin left side. Over the front and second row seats, there is a large sunroof with a shade that blocks out the direct sun while still offering some interior lighting.
My Q7 test vehicle was fitted with the 19-speaker Bose sound system, which isnt quite as impressive as the $5,000 Bang & Olufsen system from the Q7 Prestige package, but the sound quality of the Bose system is predictably fantastic at any volume levels, regardless of whether you listen to classic rock, heavy metal, country or R&B. The highs and vocals are crisp and the bass booms, satisfying the demands of many music lovers.