Easily the best-looking of a trio of SUVs from Germany—including the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne—that share a common set of pieces, the 2009 Audi Q7 has a classy, stylish appearance that hints at ruggedness, yet is decidedly urbane. 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.
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." ForbesAutos also expresses admiration for the Q7, declaring, “There’s no mistaking a Q7 in your rearview mirror…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 contend, and it looks best from the side.
Car and Driver is the odd one out here; they clearly think the Q7 is overwrought and describe 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 2009 Audi Q7 bears a rich, inviting cabin. Cars.com feels “the cabin features first-rate materials and an attention to detail seen in relatively few mass-produced vehicles.” Edmunds simply calls it "sharp” and says it has a “superior interior design, while Car and Driver exclaims, “You haven't seen gorgeous until you've beheld the dried-herb sumptuousness of the Cardamom Beige interior.”