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Sharp interior design
The Q7 is sleek and elegant to look at
The 2008 Q7 is all Audi, and easily the best-looking of a trio of SUVs from Germany that shares a common set of pieces. Sharp cutlines give athletic definition to the profile, and the body curvature on the rear end around the taillamps manages to look clean and simple when it's really a complex set of shapes.
“There’s no mistaking a Q7 in your rearview mirror,” ForbesAutos says, “with its V-shaped prow and enormous mesh grille bisected by a black bar.” The sport-ute’s “coupe-like roof arch” gives it a racy look, they say, and it looks best from the side. Cars.com says the Q7 “looks a lot like a tall, bulked-up wagon; it's about six inches longer and 10 inches taller than an Audi A6 wagon,” while MyRide.com points out that it is "more tasteful and elegant than either of its platform mates, the Porsche Cayenne or VW Touareg." They approve of the way the "horse-collar grille works...on this high-riding SUV, and...like the tapered greenhouse which maintains the familial resemblance with the Avant wagons." Car and Driver goes off the deep end when it describes the Q7 as a “doodle pad for the design department, wherein every detail from the roof rack to the load-floor molding has been sculpted, massaged, and polished until it delights everyone on the Christmas-card list.”
Inside, the 2008 Audi Q7 bears a rich, inviting cabin. “You haven't seen gorgeous until you've beheld the dried-herb sumptuousness of the Cardamom Beige interior,” Car and Driver says, while Edmunds simply calls it "sharp” and says it has a “superior interior design.” Cars.com feels “the cabin features first-rate materials and an attention to detail seen in relatively few mass-produced vehicles.”
The 2008 Audi Q7 defies SUV logic with its coupelike shape and its sumptuous interior.