Audi Q7 hybrid practicality & boot space
Being large has benefits for the Audi Q7 TFSI e – such as plenty of passenger space and a big boot despite the presence of a big battery pack
There's no avoiding it, the Audi Q7 is a big car. This isn’t a bad thing, though, as many turn to cars such as the Q7 for space. It's a similar story with rivals such as the Range Rover Sport and Volvo XC90. All are well over two metres wide and 1.7 metres tall. As for length, the only one of the three to surpass five metres is the Q7.
Despite its large proportions, parking a Q7 isn’t as daunting as you might think thanks to all the parking assistance technology on offer. Optional four-wheel steering helps with manoeuvrability, too. Also, the driving position is great thanks to a steering wheel and driver’s seat that are both adjustable.
Audi Q7 hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
There's ample space for driver and passengers in a Q7 TFSI e, although not as much as other large SUVs such as the (non-hybrid) Land Rover Discovery. One of the Audi’s most obvious drawbacks is that its lower roofline makes it more difficult to climb into than some rivals. The chunky wheelarches don’t help with this, either.
Taken in isolation there's plenty of space in the rear seats, although the layout isn’t quite as smart as the Discovery. Also, thanks to batteries taking up some space under the floor, there's no seven-seat Q7 TFSI e.
The Q7 TFSI e’s boot can hold 650 litres, which is down on the 770 litres offered by non-plug-in Q7s. That said, this figure compares well to some rivals, with the Volvo XC90 Recharge claimed to have 640 litres of cargo space (or 262 litres with the two third-row seats in place).
In This Review
- 1VerdictThanks to plug-in hybrid technology, the Audi Q7 TFSI e offers potentially very low running costs and an electric range of over 25 miles
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsFor such a big car, the Audi Q7 TFSI e promises low fuel bills and tailpipe emissions, but its figures are still on the high side for an electrified model
- 3Running costsRelatively speaking, the Audi Q7 TFSI e has the potential for low running costs, especially for business users
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Audi Q7 TFSI e is powerful and very quick despite its huge size
- 5Interior & comfortThe Audi Q7 TFSI e lives up to its upmarket image with plenty of equipment and cutting-edge technology
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingBeing large has benefits for the Audi Q7 TFSI e – such as plenty of passenger space and a big boot despite the presence of a big battery pack
- 7Reliability & safetyAudi’s engineers have done a great job in ensuring the Q7 TFSI e keeps occupants safe on the road