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MMI can be 'distracting and time consuming'
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The Audi Q7 stands out even among all the high-price luxury crossovers, thanks to its array of technology features that serve to take care of passengers as well as the driver.
Power windows, locks and mirrors; keyless entry; automatic climate control; cruise control; and 18-inch wheels are all part of the standard-equipment set. A panoramic sunroof and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel get added in moving up to the S-line or Premium Plus.
You won't mistake the Q7 for anything but a luxury vehicle in its base trim; but if you're willing to pay a little more you can give this SUV a more high-end feature set that includes things like Bang & Olufsen audio system--complete with tweeters rising magically from the dash on startup.
Cold-climate users can opt for heated front and second-row seats and a heated steering wheel. For those with kids that can't ever agree on where to set the thermostat, the Q7 even offers four-zone climate control.
Also worth the premium is Audi's internet-connected MMI interface with navigation. With it, there's wifi hotspot capability, Google Earth maps, and a well-integrated point-of-interest interface.
The Q7 with these options upgrades to rolling tech center, the on-the-go web access enabling fly-over views for the navigation system, wireless gaming for the kids, and more.
We've found the MMI system a bit tricky to learn; it's still not always intuitive, and we wish there were a few more redundant buttons for some things (phone control, for instance) but it's a big improvement over the MMI of a few years ago.
A mobile WiFi hotspot, Google Earth, and live maps complement a set of top-notch interior trims and more traditional 'soft' luxury features.