Audi may not have invented the idea of the ‘four-door coupe’, however with the primary era A7 Sportback it actually ran with it, turning out a dramatic fastback form that managed to take Audi’s in any other case restrained and infrequently samey styling and provides it a brand new character.
Time and the proliferation of equally smooth fashions from rivals has dulled that unique automobile’s visible affect, and mild evolutions like the newest A7 Sportback won’t ever delight like their predecessors, however the brand new automobile brings with it up to date expertise, delicate styling revisions and the promise of higher efficiency and economic system.
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By way of exterior and inside styling Audi has largely hit its mark, however what the newest A7 fails to carry to the desk is an appropriate experience and dealing with compromise. Put merely, it’s neither comfy sufficient to successfully function a luxurious automobile, nor entertaining sufficient to hit the spot as a driver’s automobile – hobbled by a jittery and unsettled experience, and a mixture of numb steering and slovenly responses.
These pounding up and down the motorway are much less prone to uncover these shortcomings, and for them the wonderful cabin high quality and design, hushed engines, absence of wind noise and powerful efficiency will all be sufficient to justify the acquisition – however Audi can, and may, do higher for certainly one of its most fascinating fashions.
Audi A7 Sportback intimately
Efficiency and 0-60mph time – The 55 TFSI petrol is the faster of the pair, out-sprinting the 50 TDI diesel by four-tenths to 62mph. Each hit a restricted 155mph and each are clean and refined, although gas prices apart we choose the petrol’s supply.
Engine and gearbox – Alternative of petrol or diesel V6s, the diesel utilizing everlasting all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automated, the petrol with on-demand all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Each characteristic 48V gentle hybrid tech.
Experience and dealing with – Neither as comfy nor as entertaining as we’d like from a automobile like this. Very refined certainly on clean roads, however much less so on poor UK surfaces. Neither air suspension nor all-wheel steering appear definitely worth the cash.
MPG and operating prices – Diesel fashions are aggressive with rivals when it comes to economic system, whereas the petrol 55 TFSI ought to use rather less gas than its closest petrol competitors.
Inside and tech – Cabin design, high quality and expertise to guide the category, if slightly anodyne for some. The touchscreens aren’t excellent, however most likely one of the best of their sort.
Design – Familiarity with A7s has dulled their visible affect, so the brand new mannequin doesn’t appear as sharp because it as soon as would possibly, however followers of the mannequin ought to discover lots to love.
Costs, specs and rivals
The underside line for A7 Sportback pricing is £54,940; that will get you the 50 TDI quattro in Sport trim. Spending £55,140 steps you as much as the 55 TFSI in the identical Sport trim, whereas S line fashions start at £57,840 for the diesel and £58,040 for the petrol.
Sport specification nets LED headlights and tail lights, 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, Audi Drive Choose, heated and folding door mirrors, Pre-sense security tech and lane departure warning and cruise management as commonplace. S line goes additional with Matrix LED headlights, distinctive LED daytime operating lights, 20-inch alloy wheels, sports activities suspension (which cuts 10mm from the experience peak), an S line styling package deal and S line inside trim modifications.
To this you’ll be able to add options like adaptive standard suspension (£1125) or air suspension (£2000), four-wheel steering (£1900), and a sport differential (£1500). The associated fee can rapidly mount up, although as we’ve said within the experience and dealing with part you’ll be able to most likely maintain on to the additional money required for the four-wheel steering and air suspension, since neither considerably improves the driving expertise.
The A7 Sportback’s closest rivals are the Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW 6-series Gran Coupe. The previous is latest to the market whereas the latter is about to get replaced by the 8-series, so if you happen to’re severely struggling over your determination it could be value ready for BMW to point out its hand earlier than you go for the others.
As a driver’s automobile the Mercedes shades the Audi, each driving higher and dealing with with extra aplomb, whereas its new inline-six engines are smoother than the Audi’s V6s. The Audi fights again with an awesome cabin, however in the interim the CLS will get our nod as one of the best giant and splendid four-door coupe.