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Heard that thing about how you can't have the best of all worlds? The A7 simply proves it wrong.
Ride is comfortable but has that firm Germanic thud over deep potholes. And while it might look like a 'four-door coupe', the A7 has enough room for five.
This will not upset the rotation of the planet. However, it can get to a 100 in about seven seconds, and there's a nice surge of torque available whenever you want it. We think an RS7 version should severely rattle luminaries like the Maserati Quattraporte and Porsche Panamera.
It's like the A8 was liquified, poured into an ice-tray and kept in a freezer for 24 hours. So while, the A8 says you are a rich, but unimaginative rat in a race, the A7 says you are rich, and have an imagination that goes beyond money and pie-charts.
Should last you well till the time you get pangs of getting something new. And then it will last its second or even third owner.
It does handle well, but the car is heavy and the steering spares no effort in letting you know of that. Not a driver's car, but dynamically competent.
Audi's marketing honchos are going to hate us when we say this, but A7 is actually a hatch. Which takes to practical like a fish to water. The rear seats can be folded flat, folded split, and the hatch opening leaves you with nearly 1400 litres of space. The A7 looks like a pair of stilettos with the usability of running shoes.
This is an import. So that first cheque you write is going to hit hard. But being a diesel, the A7 won't drill too big a hole in your bank vault.