Audi Q7 e-tron (2016-2019) practicality & boot space

The Audi Q7 e-tron is a fine family car – as long as you need no more than five seats

If you only ever need to use five seats, the Q7 e-tron is as spacious and as practical as any Q7. The big difference between the e-tron and the rest of the Q7 range is that it doesn’t have a third row of seats in the boot. However, it’s a hugely impressive five-seater – spacious and comfortable – with a massive boot as well.

Audi Q7 e-tron interior space, storage & comfort

Only a pair of giants would have an issue with the amount of space on offer in the Q7’s front seats. The rest of us mere mortals can revel in the room on offer, as well as the wide range of adjustment that allows pretty much anyone to get comfortable.

It’s easy to get into the back seats, too, and they’re also very comfortable. You could sit three adults easily across the rear bench, with generous head and legroom for all of them. Yes, the centre seat is a little narrower than the other two, but it’s still big enough for an adult. Plus, the transmission tunnel that runs down the floor is low and wide, so it acts like a foot stool rather than an obstruction.

For extra versatility, each of the three seats slides and reclines individually. But, due to its electric batteries being fitted under the boot floor, the Q7 e-tron doesn’t offer the seven-seat option available on other Q7 models. Mind you, they’re only really suitable for kids, so it’s perhaps not too much of a loss.

On the other hand, there are plenty of storage cubbies and pockets throughout the car. Not only are there generous bins in all four doors, the central armrest in the rear has built-in cup-holders.

Boot space

The big benefit of having no third row of seats is a big boot. With the rear seats up, you have 650 litres of luggage space to play with in the Q7 e-tron, expanding to a cavernous 1,835 litres when you drop them down.

These figures are down slightly on a non-hybrid Q7, which has 770 and 1,955 litres of luggage capacity with seats up and down respectively. It’s also a little less than what you’ll find in a Volvo XC90 T8.