Audi Q7 SUV (2015 -) Equipment

Review by Graeme Lambert on
Last Updated: 08 Oct 2015
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Since it was introduced in 2006 the Audi Q7 has found over 500,000 homes, and finally, nine years later, an all-new model has arrived on UK shores. To most – beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all – this Q7 is anything but a ‘looker’ yet this new car promises to be the best to drive and most technically advanced SUV from the firm yet.

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

For the UK there’s only two trim levels to choose from, the SE and S line models – plus two engine options – but in typical Audi tradition both are heavily bolstered by a lengthy options list.

Standard Audi Q7 equipment

This isn’t a cheap car to buy, so it’s pleasing to see that the levels of standard equipment on the Audi Q7 are borderline generous. Choose the SE and you’ll notice a fetching set of 19-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps (plus LED rear lamps), a full body colour finish for the exterior panels and special ‘door blade’ trim with embossed quattro badging. There’re nine exterior colours to choose from, too.

Inside is where it gets interesting though with dual-zone climate control, electrically adjustable front seats with leather upholstery, MMI Navigation Plus with 8.3-inch colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and Audi Connect Online services (with three-month free trial). Seven seats are standard here in the UK too, though you can delete them for no extra cost.

Audi Drive Select lets drivers choose from one of five drive modes, parking sensors front and rear stop you scraping the bodywork and Pre-Sense City ensures you don’t have any unexpected shunts at low speed. Cruise control takes the strain out of driving on the motorway, keyless start and power-tailgate make living with the car day to day easier and for those keen to test their Q7’s mettle off-road there’s Hill Hold and Hill Descent controls.

Choose the slightly sportier looking Audi Q7 S Line and you’ll notice the alloy wheels have grown to 20 inches, the bumpers have been remodelled for extra visual aggression, the rear glass is tinted and indicators are now the dynamic variety sweeping outwards in the direction of intended travel.

Inside the two-zone climate control is upgraded to a four-zone version and the front seats are now Sports versions with an Alcantara and leather mix, complete with S line embossing.

Optional Audi Q7 accessories

The list of add-ons for your Q7 is extensive, with some more useful additions than others. Thanks to Audi Exclusive you can almost order a bespoke Q7 should you wish.

However, some of the highlights on the list include the Adaptive Air Suspension, which is all we have tried so far and can happily recommend, adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go and Traffic Jam Assist, effectively turning this SUV into a self-driving vehicle for short periods of time. All-wheel steering improves the car’s agility, both at low and high speeds, while Audi Side Assist ensures you don’t mistakenly side-swipe a vehicle in your blind spot.

Both the Bose and Bang & Olufsen stereo upgrades sound great, though the latter is expensive enough to justify its addition from serious audiophiles only, while the Audi Phone Box boosts the signal of your mobile on the move using the car’s antenna. The colour head-up display is crisp, clear and an essential add on if you’ve ever lived with one before while the panoramic glass roof lets plenty of light into the cabin – and for night the Matrix LED headlights that adapt their beam pattern to the road conditions and traffic situation are invaluable.

Those who regularly tow a trailer or caravan should invest in the Electric Folding Tow bar with Trailer Assist. A digital display and rotary control pre-sets the angle of attack and adjusts the steering accordingly – all you have to do is operate the accelerator, brakes and gearbox. Parking can be taken care of by the Parking System Advanced with Surround Camera.

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  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
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