Audi A7 Sportback front profile on the road

New Audi A7 Sportback

From £52,025

The Audi A7 is the coupé with the practicality of a hatchback.

The A7 brings together the luxury of a limo, with sleek styling of a coupé. And it’s clever too, combining its head-turning, sinuous exterior, with a surprisingly, spacious and sumptuous interior. In comparison to its predecessor, the Audi A7 Sportback is following suit with Audi's new design language - making it beautiful from every angle:

  • Sharper lines
  • Winder grille
  • New rear flat light strip

Underneath its gorgeous good looks is a wealth of technology, helping you drive smarter, cleaner and more safely.

  • MMI navigation plus with MMI Touch including 3D maps and destination search
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • 10.1 inch upper display unit

Interior design​

Once you slip into the driver’s seat, you’ll love the chrome, leather and slick switches which give this car such a luxurious feel, with smartphone mirroring at your fingertips and a top quality 10.1 inch infotainment system you’re in touch with the outside world, whilst be cocooned in absolute comfort and luxury.

Often coupés can make rear seat passengers feel hunched and crunched, but the A7 accommodates two tall adults in the back, with total comfort, something that will be much appreciated on a long journey. On the Vorsprung trim the panoramic sunroof floods the interior with light giving a brighter feel or simply close the electrically adjustable blind for protection from the sun or to keep the inside cool when parked up.

Boot-space hasn’t been sacrificed either, with good access and even a powered tailgate, allowing you to slip luggage and shopping in with ease.

If you’re looking for style AND substance then look no further, the A7 oozes both.

Performance

In all trim levels you’ll find progressive steering giving you the perfect combination of dynamic performance, high-precision handling and superior directional stability on almost all surfaces.

Technology

With its easy to read virtual cockpit the A7 has all the technology you could ever need, but presented in an easy to use and intuitive way. The 10.1-inch full HD MMI touch display and 12.3” Audi Virtual Cockpit give you full control.

Customise your menu navigation and driver-oriented display, or use the voice recognition giving you more concentration on your journey.

Audi A7 Sportback trim levels

Sport:

  • LED headlights with LED rear lights and wrap-around rear light strip
  • MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch, Audi virtual cockpit and Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Standard seats in twin leather upholstery
  • 19" '5-arm dynamic' design aluminium alloy wheels
  • Standard suspension with progressive steering

Sport Edition:

In addition to Sport:

  • 19’’ x 8.5J Light alloy wheels, multi-spoke design, graphite gray, high-sheen
  • Gloss black styling
  • Gloss black exterior mirror housings
  • Privacy glass (side and rear windows)

S line:

In addition to Sport Edition:

  • 20’’ x 8.5J ‘5-twin-spoke’ design aluminium alloy wheels
  • HD Matrix LED headlights and dynamic rear indicators with headlight coming/leaving home animations
  • S line interior and exterior styling
  • Front Sport seats with leather/Alcantara upholstery
  • Sport suspension
  • Privacy glass

Black Edition:

In addition to S line:

  • 20’’ x 8.5J ‘5-double-arm’ design high sheen/matt titanium look alloy wheels

    Black styling pack

    Black door mirror housing

    Flat bottom steering wheel

Vorsprung:

In addition to Black Edition:

  • 21’’ x 8.5J ‘5-V-spoke’ design in gloss anthracite black, diamond cut alloy wheels
  • HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser lights
  • Front Super Sport seats in Valcona Leather with Diamond Stitching
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Dynamic all-wheel steering
  • Advanced Key

A7 TFSI e

With the A7 50 TFSI e’s powertrain, it combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and battery to produce a combined 299bhp and 370Nm of torque. That allows for a 0-60mph time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. A seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox is also used, which delivers power to all four wheels via Audi’s acclaimed Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

But it’s efficiency where this plug-in hybrid impressed, with the A7 able to travel for around 26 miles on electricity, which allows for some low running costs. Audi claims it’ll return up to 166.2mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 39g/km.

White Audi A7 Sportback TFSI e charging exterior rear

Audi A7 Sportback Test Drive Review

With rivals such as the Mercedes CLS or BMW 6 Series, as well as the endless array of SUVs which are so popular these days. What is going to make you order for the A7 rather than a Q7?

Styling: 5/5

It’s a subjective matter of course it is, but to my eye the A7 Sportback is smooth and elegant with definite overtones of sportiness. That long wheelbase is always a good start and if you then factor in the gentle downward slope of the roof which hints at having been designed as much for aerodynamic efficiency, as looks, you have the basis for a shape which says `speed’.

Except for its deliberately understated A8, I like Audi’s modern styling, but there’s a tendency for them to fall into the Russian Doll syndrome, looking pretty much the same with the only variation being the size. The A7 Sportback stands alone and if for nothing else, I like that in an Audi.

Interior: 5/5

OK, I admit that sometimes the `Russian Doll’ syndrome can work in a car’s favour, because this car has much the same appearance and the technology of the bigger A8, which is to say, everything. I’ll come to that in a minute but the first impression as you open the door is of a very modern, cool and attractive environment.

You instantly notice the dual screens between driver and passenger and when you wake up the ignition you discover that the upper screen handles the music, guidance and connection to the outside world, whilst the lower controls the interior climate.

In now familiar fashion, information from functions like the Sat Nav, is also displayed on the screen between the main dials and yet again, I have nothing but praise for the clarity of Audi’s digital instrumentation.

You can change settings like ambient lighting and there seems a bewildering list of functions to play with on the screens, which have, what is called haptic technology, so that when you touch it you have a sensation of feeling a proper on-off switch, not just piece of electronics. Not quite sure what difference that makes in today’s world where we have touchscreens on mobiles, tablets and so on, but there we go.

There are three more things to mention at this stage. One is that the chrome accents here and there, on the door trim and gear selector panel for example, help soften what could otherwise be a tech-dominated interior. It’s important to say that as well as being supremely comfortable in the front, as one would expect, it’s the same in the back and even with that downward sloping roofline I had plenty of headroom. The third is that although not high, there is a long, long space behind and with the boot panel and rear glass both lifting up, easy access too.

Spec wise, the entry level Sport version gets full LED headlights, parking sensors, at both ends and a reversing camera, cruise control, electric leather seats, DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, phew! Step up to the S Line model I drove, and you add adaptive LED lights, 20 inch wheels (not on mine), sport suspension and a heavier accent on the trim detailing.

Interior: 5/5

OK, I admit that sometimes the `Russian Doll’ syndrome can work in a car’s favour, because this car has much the same appearance and the technology of the bigger A8, which is to say, everything. I’ll come to that in a minute but the first impression as you open the door is of a very modern, cool and attractive environment.

You instantly notice the dual screens between driver and passenger and when you wake up the ignition you discover that the upper screen handles the music, guidance and connection to the outside world, whilst the lower controls the interior climate.

In now familiar fashion, information from functions like the Sat Nav, is also displayed on the screen between the main dials and yet again, I have nothing but praise for the clarity of Audi’s digital instrumentation.

You can change settings like ambient lighting and there seems a bewildering list of functions to play with on the screens, which have, what is called haptic technology, so that when you touch it you have a sensation of feeling a proper on-off switch, not just piece of electronics. Not quite sure what difference that makes in today’s world where we have touchscreens on mobiles, tablets and so on, but there we go.

There are three more things to mention at this stage. One is that the chrome accents here and there, on the door trim and gear selector panel for example, help soften what could otherwise be a tech-dominated interior. It’s important to say that as well as being supremely comfortable in the front, as one would expect, it’s the same in the back and even with that downward sloping roofline I had plenty of headroom. The third is that although not high, there is a long, long space behind and with the boot panel and rear glass both lifting up, easy access too.

Spec wise, the entry level Sport version gets full LED headlights, parking sensors, at both ends and a reversing camera, cruise control, electric leather seats, DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, phew! Step up to the S Line model I drove, and you add adaptive LED lights, 20 inch wheels (not on mine), sport suspension and a heavier accent on the trim detailing.

Verdict: 4/5

The Audi A7 is definitely a stand out in a lot of areas, with a couple for improvement, overall a brilliant sportback.

Audi A7 Sportback:

Car tested: S Line 50 TDi quattro 286 PS.

  • Top speed 155 mph
  • 0 to 60 5.7 seconds
  • Average mpg: 49
  • CO2 150 g/km

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