A7 Sportback

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A7 Sportback

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Heard that thing about how you can't have the best of all worlds? The A7 simply proves it wrong.

  • Comfort

    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.

  • Performance

    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.

  • Cool

    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.

  • Quality

    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.

  • Handling

    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.

  • Practicality

    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.

  • Running costs

    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.

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