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The dashboard and center console are populated with numerous buttons and switches
Overly complicated MMI interface makes accessing climate and entertainment controls an adventure
The Audi Q7 is a nirvana of features, including the semi-bedeviled MMI controller.
Leather seats are standard in the 2008 Audi Q7, along with automatic climate control, a power tailgate, the MMI system, 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, and keyless entry. Cars.com adds that the base version includes “a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12-way power driver's seat and bottle holders in each door.”
Major options include a cold-weather package with heated front and second row seats and a heated steering wheel, as well as a rearview camera, a DVD navigation system, and four-zone climate control. “The optional panoramic sunroof has three large panels that extend over nearly all three rows,” ForbesAutos reports. “The front panel slides open, while the rearmost panel can be raised at an angle.”
Edmunds echoes the concerns of other sources regarding Audi’s MMI. "Utilizing an LCD screen controlled by a knob and various menu buttons mounted on the center console and steering wheel, the driver can operate entertainment, climate, communications and navigation functions" through it. ConsumerGuide Automotive notes that the driver is faced with "numerous buttons and switches, despite the aim of the MMI system to reduce such clutter" and says that something as simple as changing the radio station could be "distracting and time consuming." Edmunds adds, “the system is effective at corralling the Q7's various features and is certainly more intuitive than BMW's reviled iDrive.”
To get all the bells and whistles on the Audi Q7 2008, be prepared to spend some cash--and some time learning how to use the MMI system.