Audi A7 Sportback (2010-2018)

The Audi A7 Sportback brings the versatility of a hatchback to larger, more luxurious cars

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Sporty design
Fast performance
Some efficient engines

Weaknesses 

High prices
Lack of rear headroom and boot space
Large wheels can make the ride bumpy
Best New Discount

Audi A7 Diesel Sportback 50 tdi quattro s line 5dr tip auto

Total RRP £57,840

Your quote £49,647

You Save £8,193

If you wanted a large car, you used to have little choice but to buy a dull-looking saloon, such as the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series or Audi A6.

No longer. Each of those cars now has an alternative, more distinctive version. The Mercedes CLS offers the sporty styling of a coupe, while the BMW 5 Series GT promises the extra practicality of a hatchback. The Audi A7 is meant to offer both: a swooping design, with a hatchback boot.

Naturally, its sloping roofline comes at the expense of rear headroom. Otherwise, there’s plenty of space for occupants, front and rear, to stretch out. The boot is quite shallow but long when the rear seats are folded down flat. It’s easier to access than a saloon’s, too.

So the Audi is good looking and practical but it’s also absurdly quick, at least if you choose the high-performance (and very expensive) S7 and RS7 versions.

Meanwhile, at the other extreme is the basic, but still impressive, 3.0 TDI Ultra. In fact, all the engines, bar those in the two performance versions, are efficient 3.0-litre diesels. The Ultra is the most economical though at 62.8mpg but still does 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds. It’s our pick of the range.

Most versions are quattro four-wheel drive but even the front-wheel-drive cars have decent grip and handle well, although not quite as well as the CLS. Every version has a system that allows you to adjust the suspension and steering to suit your tastes, so you’ll probably find a happy medium. If it’s still proving elusive, there’s always the optional air suspension. Be wary of those versions with the larger wheels. They spoil the ride but the good news is you can request the smaller ones at no cost.

Audi interiors are generally stylish and beautifully put together. The A7’s is no exception. That said, it’s a little old and incapable of accepting Audi’s state-of-the art Virtual Cockpit first seen in the new TT. Still, the dash looks great and all the controls are robust and operate with real precision. The acoustic windscreen helps suppress wind noise but it’s only one feature in a standard equipment list that stretches to a sat-nav, heated leather front seats and a powered bootlid.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 16:30

Audi A7 Prices

Audi A7 S Line

50 tdi quattro s line 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £49,647

You could save up to: £8193

55 tfsi quattro s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 39.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £49,862

You could save up to: £8178

Audi A7 Sport

50 tdi quattro sport 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £47,182

You could save up to: £7758

55 tfsi quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £47,397

You could save up to: £7743