The numerous convenient and innovative functions of the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro can be easily controlled using the latest infotainment system included as part of MMI navigation plus. Its logic follows the concept of modern smartphones – flat hierarchies replace complex menu trees. Two supplemental menus include intelligently linked functions and options. Nearly all entries can be made in just a few steps. With MMI search, it is usually enough to enter just a few characters. Audi has once again set a new standard in the SUV segment with this free text search.
The infotainment has been expanded to include essential e-tron displays. Consumption statistics are available, for example, and electric range is displayed graphically in the navigation map. Both charging and preheating/cooling can be time-controlled to take place before the drive, and they are adapted to customer’s wishes (departure time, etc.) so as to save resources and costs.
Haptic feedback: MMI all-in-touch
The heart of the operating concept is the standard MMI all-in-touch terminal. The driver can input characters, scroll and zoom on its touch surface of dark, real glass with his or her wrist resting comfortably on the selector lever of the eight-speed tiptronic. Each click is followed by a haptic confirmation – a click the finger can feel. Supplementing this is the large rotary/push-button, two rocker switches for choosing the most important contextual menus and eight freely programmable favorites buttons.
The control logic of the Audi MMI is also reflected in the multifunction steering wheels. Drivers can operate the onboard computer, audio system, telephone and MMI navigation plus with the thumb of their left hand. Located on the right steering wheel spoke are the volume roller, the voice control button, express telephone controls and the skip function for quickly changing the radio station or song.
The voice control system understands formulations from everyday speech. In the “Telephone” menu, drivers can call a contact, for example, by saying “I want to talk to Peter Meier.” The navigation system also responds to natural speech commands (“Where can I get gas?”); the same is also true for the “Radio” and “Media” menus (“I want to listen to my iPod”).
Sophisticated graphics: Audi virtual cockpit
The Audi virtual cockpit is standard in the Q7 e-tron quattro. The high-resolution, 12.3‑inch TFT monitor displays richly rendered, tack-sharp graphics. Its most important component is a Tegra 30 processor from Audi’s partner Nvidia. This is a quad-core chip that can process up to eight billion operations per second.
The driver can use the multifunction steering wheel to switch between views. The dial instruments – speedometer and the e-tron-specific power meter – dominate in classic mode. In the infotainment view the dial instruments are smaller. Between them is a large stage for maps and lists.
Rounding out the spectrum are special displays about the hybrid drivetrain, including consumption statistics and a combined graphical range indicator with separate figures for the electric motor and combustion engine.
The head-up display constitutes another display level. Harmoniously integrated into the instrument panel, the optional display projects all key information onto the windshield.
Sound with a third dimension: 3D sound
Audi offers a choice of two innovative sound systems for particularly discriminating hi-fi fans. In the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, the digital signal processor drives 11 channels with a total of 23 speakers in such a way that the sound is equally precise and harmonious in every seat. Four speakers installed in the A‑pillars and driven via separate channels broadcast those elements that generate the spatial height, creating a big virtual stage. Newly developed speakers and an amplifier with 1,920 watts guarantee musical enjoyment at the highest level. The Bose Surround Sound system, which generates the surround sound with 19 speakers, also features two speakers located higher up in the A‑pillars to generate the third dimension of the sound.
The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro comes standard with MMI navigation plus. Working in the background of MMI navigation plus, which works closely with many assistance and safety systems in the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro, is the second-generation Modular Infotainment Platform. Its most important component is the Nvidia Tegra 30 processor. It is integrated into the MMX board (Multi Media eXtension), which is designed as a plug-in module. Audi can keep it at the state of the art throughout the entire development process and thus bring the latest developments in consumer electronics to the automobile.
MMI navigation plus includes a DVD drive, two card readers, flash memory, the Audi sound system, the Audi music interface with two USB ports, a Bluetooth interface and a high-resolution, 8.3‑inch monitor, which rises electrically from the instrument panel when the system is started. The high-end media center enables access to the smartphone’s voice control system, displays emails from the mobile phone and reads them aloud.
It also brings the Audi smartphone interface to the Q7 e-tron quattro. The Audi smartphone interface brings Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto on board. If an iOS or Android mobile phone is connected to the USB port (iOS from Version 7.1; Android from Version 5.0 Lollipop), the respective environment tailored for use in the car opens in the Audi smartphone interface. At the heart of the system is online music, but it also offers appointment reminders, navigation and messaging functions. The offer will continue to expand through 3rd party apps such as Pandora, Spotify and WhatsApp.
Another infotainment feature is the optional Audi phone box, which makes using the mobile phone even easier. It connects it wirelessly to the SUV’s mobile radio antenna. It also charges the phone inductively, if necessary.
In addition, the optional Audi tablet with a 10.1‑inch display is available as an innovative, highly flexible Rear Seat Entertainment system for the rear passengers. The particularly elegant and robust tablet connects to MMI navigation plus over WiFi. Its user can thus send a navigation destination from the rear seat to the MMI navigation plus, select a radio station or use the Audi connect WiFi hotspot to surf. The Audi tablet also provides access to the complete world of the Android operating system. Upon arriving, the passengers can remove the Audi tablet from its mount on the seat and take it with them.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.