2014 Audi Q7 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2014 Audi Q7 lives fully up to expectations inside--and more. Nearly equivalent to a full-size SUV in its exterior dimensions, the two- or three-row Audi Q7 offers luxurious accommodations with ample room for adults in the first two rows, plus extra seating for kids in the third--but it can be pricey depending on the options configured.

The cabin is more than warm and inviting; and it's extremely comfortable, with supportive front seats that are well-suited to longer-legged drivers. There's plenty of thigh support and just the right of lateral support to hold you in place on backroads and freeway ramps. In the second row, adults will also be happy, and a large panoramic sunroof helps brighten it, keeping the rear quarters from feeling at all claustrophobic.

There's plenty of space for adults to be comfortable in the first two rows, while the third row is a backup plan for the kids; and everyone can enjoy the lux ambiance and quiet ride.

It's a different story in the third row, where smaller seats, as well as a bit less legroom and headroom (and tougher entry and exit) conspire to make this a kids-only zone.

Cargo versatility is great, though, with the second and third rows folding easily down to open up 88 cubic feet of cargo space—easily accessed via a power tailgate. Our only disappointments here are that the cargo floor is relatively high, and total cargo space isn't quite on par with expectations—if you've cross-shopped some other vehicles that are as big as the Q7 on the outside.

While you might not rate handling as a top consideration for a full-size SUV, the seven-passenger/three-row Q7 is very capable. A firm but comfortable ride comes from a four-wheel independent suspension and careful tuning, plus an air ride system that allows the driver to dial in sport, comfort, and automatic modes to suit the conditions.

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