Is there anything interesting about its design?
Audi has got into a particular habit of nudging exterior designs along with the gentlest of evolutions. In the Design version, there's a distinct echo of the original, bling-free design that was in stark contrast to the heavy-handed first-gen Q7.
It's immediately recognisable as a Q5 (the new Q7, to disprove the rule above, is markedly different from its predecessor) in much the same way the A4 and A5s are similar to their antecedents. The new one has Audi's trademark "tornado line", a strong crease running from the headlights along the car's flanks, with a gentle wave to the taillights.
The front is sharper, with slimmer headlights, and a bigger grille with more shape and depth. The rear is almost identical, with similar shaped lights and that clamshell-style tailgate.
Inside is all-new and a huge, welcome change. The old car was heavily based on the B8 A4, with its coal-face dash monolith, tiny screen and various old-feeling bits and pieces. It wasn't bad, it was just old by the time 2016 came around. This new one is consistent with the new A4 and Q7, with a lower scuttle, crisp design and much newer materials. The Design spec of the interior is more grey plastic but with a welcome strip of textured aluminium and lots of soft-touch switches for the climate control.
The leather on the seats (not real) looks over-grained and the seats themselves are a bit shapeless - they look to have been swiped from a 1.0-litre A3 and are the only real "meh" moment in the interior.