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      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      Luxury
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Part coupe, part luxury saloon

Best bits

  • Fabulously classy interior
  • Impressive rolling refinement
  • Lots of luxury toys

Not so great

  • Not as fun to drive as you might expect
  • Not as comfortable, either
  • Infotainment system could be more user-friendly

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Audi A7 Sportback Exterior Front

Overall verdict

Audi A7 Sportback Interior

On the inside

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Audi A7 Sportback Exterior Back

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Audi A7 Sportback Centre Console

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Audi A7 Sportback

"Just because you’re a successful businessperson or a captain of industry, it doesn’t mean you necessarily want to look like one. When somebody sees a luxury limousine like an Audi A8 or a Mercedes S-Class going by, they usually assume such a person is inside, but not all such people want that sort of attention. They might, however, want attention of a different sort. And that’s where the A7 comes in."

Audi A7 Sportback Exterior Front

It’s designed to deliver most of the same traits as a luxury saloon, but with a good bit more style thrown in for good measure. It certainly achieves that, the bold details and crisp creases combining with the swooping roofline at the back of the car to create some proper visual drama. 


And yet, even though some interior space has been sacrificed in pursuit of this visual theatre, it’s only a tiny amount. There’s a pinch less rear headroom than you’ll find in an A6 or A8, but it is only a pinch and tall six-foot colleagues will be just fine in the back. What’s more, the boot is actually marginally bigger than an A8’s, and because it’s a hatch rather than a saloon, you also get much better access to the space. In fact, you could argue that it’s actually more practical than the A8 overall. We wouldn’t argue against you.


And what are these other luxury car traits on which the A7 delivers? Well, quality is the main one. The interior looks like it’s been lifted straight out of the A8, and that means the materials are dense and sophisticated, while the fit and finish are flawless. This is a car that feels posh enough for the very highest of high-flyers. No matter which version you pick, there’s also a huge amount of luxury kit on board, and that also helps occupants feel spoiled.


The A7’s excellent rolling refinement is also very luxury limousine-like. Wind and road noise are really well suppressed, while the whole range of petrol and diesel engines is quiet and smooth, not to mention powerful. What’s not so limousiney, though, is the ride comfort. 


All versions are on the firm side - uncomfortably so on the versions with lowered sports suspension - so this isn’t the wafty land yacht you might be expecting. It’s no sports car, either: it feels capable and assured in bends, but it’s not much fun due to its hefty weight and remote steering.


You might not get on so well with the complex touchscreen infotainment system, either, but other than that, the A7 is a very tempting package. Still want that Mercedes CLS?

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Audi A7

50 TDI Quattro S Line 5dr Tip Auto

  • 2018
  • 15,428 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Mon Motors Audi Bristol
  • Gloucestershire, BS107FF
Price:£34,000
PCP: £515.85/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £515.85, Customer Deposit: £5,100.00, Total Deposit: £5,100.00, Optional Final Payment: £17,513.75, Total Charge For Credit: £6,668.50, Total Amount Payable: £40,668.50, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.91%, Excess Mileage Charge: 13.2ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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50 TDI Quattro S Line 5dr Tip Auto

  • 2020
  • 4,000 miles
  • Northampton Audi
  • Northampton, NN55DH
Price (ex VAT):£44,990
PCP: £669.99/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £669.99, Customer Deposit: £6,748.00, Total Deposit: £6,748.50, Optional Final Payment: £20,767.50, Total Charge For Credit: £5,975.65, Total Amount Payable: £50,965.65, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 13.2ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Audi A7 Sportback right for you?

If you want the kind of attributes that a luxury saloon gives you, but you want them served up in a package that’s a bit less staid and a bit more stylish, then the A7 will be a very solid choice. 


It’s glamorous enough and desirable enough to draw admiring glances from passers-by, and to be fair, you don’t really sacrifice too much in the way of practicality to get it: rear headroom is a fraction tighter than in a saloon, but it is only a fraction. It also gives you the impeccable build quality, generous equipment list, strong safety record and excellent refinement that you expect from a high-end Audi.

What's the best Audi A7 Sportback model/engine to choose?

The trim level we recommend is the entry-level Sport. It comes with all the luxury kit you’d need, but more importantly, it has a more forgiving suspension than S line and Black Edition models, so it’s more comfortable. The Vorsprung models have an air suspension as standard, which is a bit better, but these are too pricey to recommend.


On the engine front, we reckon most folks will be fine with the entry-level diesel, which has enough go, but if you want more poke - which in a glamorous car like the A7, you might well go for one of the smooth and powerful V6 diesels. We’ve not tried the 45 TDI yet, but the more powerful 50TDI really is something special.

What other cars are similar to the Audi A7 Sportback?

The A7’s most direct rival is undoubtedly the Mercedes-Benz CLS, which is absolutely bang-on for size, price and ethos. Once upon a time, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe would’ve been a rival too, although BMW ditched that model around the time that this version of the A7 was released. 


The 6 Series Gran Turismo remains, which is another car that puts a slightly different stylistic take on the executive saloon formula, but that looks more like an SUV than a coupe. There’s the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe but that’s a lot more expensive than the A7, as is Germany’s other big four-door coupe, the Porsche Panamera.

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Audi A7 Sportback Interior

On the inside

Audi A7 Sportback Exterior Side

Driving

Audi A7 Sportback Exterior Back

How much does it cost to run

Audi A7 Sportback Centre Console

Prices, versions and specification