Inside the SUV remains familiar, though Audi has updated its color and trims, with new decorative inlays, new walnut wood, and the option of a fabric made from recycled PET bottles. The old base trim has been retired, making the Advanced Line the point of entry. The leather seats all have contrast stitching, now, and a Dinamica upholstery — made from 40% recycled materials — is optional.
There’s a glass, opening panoramic roof, and the option of quad-zone climate control as an upgrade to the dual-zone standard system. Ventilated seats are available, as are massage seats. As standard, there’s a dual-touchscreen MMI touch response infotainment system, with 10.1-inch and 8.6-inch stacked panels, voice control, and an optional head-up display. Audi’s virtual cockpit is standard, too.
As we’ve come to expect, however, some of Audi’s newest technology is out of reach for U.S. drivers. The optional digital Matrix LED headlights are the most prominent example, current road safety regulations not allowing their ability to animate lighting patterns to show when you’re changing lanes, when upcoming roads narrow, and flag traffic warnings ahead of the car. Audi says that, if the hardware is installed, it hopes to be able to push out software updates that enable it in U.S. vehicles should the rules change.