The second-generation Q7 has far sharper company looks than its predecessor, with creased tail-lights and narrow, angular headlights. It’s still a truly massive car - long, wide and high - but looks less like a beached whale now, and is positively handsome with the electric (Sepang) blue paint job and silver wing mirrors.
Inside, the SQ7 demonstrates Audi’s commitment to subtle opulence astonishingly well. There’s leather, chrome, tight stitching, expensive-feeling plastics and not a garish colour, pattern or line in sight.
Naturally, for an SUV costing upwards of £70,000 (our test car was £95,160), all bells and whistles are present. We’d strongly recommend the advanced parking pack, with reversing camera - leave your parking pride at the door, for this is a big car. The head-up display, panoramic glass sunroof, and Bose 3D Sound system are indisputably worthwhile options, and we rather loved the red painted brake calipers with S logo - if you’re going to go big, go truly large.
There’s room for seven adults plus a little bit of luggage, although the Volvo XC90 feels more spacious.