- Finally another Audi that turns on
- Up to 39 assistance systems support the driver
- Once a perfectionist, always a perfectionist
Finally another Audi that turns on
The new Audi A7 Sportback in numbers: 4.97 meters long, 1.91 wide and 1.42 meters flat
Perfect down to the last detail, but without lust or passion – this is how Audi recently celebrated the most elegant form of boredom. But with the new A7 Sportback there is finally time for feelings again.
E.It’s just a very faint click in the ear and a fine twitch under the fingertips. Audi has not been as soulful as the two large touchscreens in the new Audi A7 Sportback for a long time.
The screens in other cars may be bigger and shine brighter. But nowhere is there such a thrill right now as at Audi. And that means something. Because as good as the cars from Ingolstadt may have been in recent years, they were just as boring.
Whether Q7 or Q5, A4 or A5 – they are all perfect down to the last detail and therefore cold and callous, without lust or passion. If it finally starts to tingle again in an Audi, then that is a good sign. And above all, it fits perfectly with the A7, which, as a Grand Tourismo, aims more at the heart than at the brain.
The A7 Sportback is available as a pure four- and four-plus-one-seater – and with a load compartment volume of 535 to 1390 liters
Of course, I also know that the screen – just like the radically reduced cockpit with its virtual instrument cluster in HD quality – is already in the new A8 is mounted and is even more spectacularly staged there.
But first of all, the flagship is again a good 20,000 euros more expensive than the A7, which with a basic price of 66,500 euros is already a pretty elitist pleasure. And second is the A8 as a luxury sedan too strict and serious to want to afford big feelings.
It looks a little different with the A7. As a coupe, it was made more for connoisseurs anyway, it wants to be the seducer and lure people back onto the country road. The autobahn and the hustle and bustle between appointments or the rush hour in the city, sedans like the next A6 should be plagued by them. And despite all the variability, the A7 leaves the family program to the Avant.
Up to 39 assistance systems support the driver
With its stretched roof line, the new rear end and the spectacular light shows, the A7 is by far the most elegant and eye-catching – and at least in terms of dimensions, also the most independent – model that Audi has put on wheels in recent years.
And this time the pleasure doesn’t stop while driving: where the A8 is literally lifted off and its occupants are a little removed from the world, you are much more closely connected to the road in the A7. You sit lower, grab the steering wheel more actively and see curves from a completely different perspective.
Anyone who actually takes a break and makes a detour will discover the A7 – the progressive steering at the front, the actively steering axle at the rear and the two V6 engines with 340 petrol or 286 diesel hp and an impressive 500 and 620 Nm thanks – with every kilometer on a winding country or coastal road, driving becomes an end in itself again, the Sportback surfs so handy and agile on the road.
Put an end to the chubby tail: in the new edition, the Audi A7 Sportback looks significantly better trained
But Audi wouldn’t be Audi if they didn’t try it with common sense. Although you really don’t want to get behind the wheel in this car, the Bavarians therefore lure you with up to 39 assistance systems that relieve the driver of most of the work and turn grabbing the steering wheel into an annoying formality.
And although a coupe is always a car for egoists and despite the noticeably greater freedom for head and knees in the rear, you don’t want to take any consideration of the backbenchers, they even praise the A7 as a practical one.
Once a perfectionist, always a perfectionist
“The Sportback is equipped with the variability of an Avant”, says project manager Stefan Einsle with a view of the sloping tailgate up to the roof, the split rear seat and the trunk from 535 to 1390 liters. As if someone really cares about such a feat?
But that’s just how they are. And if you look closely, it shimmers through everywhere in the A7. With the privacy screen that can be folded out of the parcel shelf, as well as with the illuminated USB sockets, which can be easily found even in the dark, or with the climate control for the rear, which – this has to be fair – also runs via a touchscreen.
Once a perfectionist, always a perfectionist. The manufacturer from Ingolstadt has a hard time getting out of his skin, but the A7 is at least the most casual and lustful Audi that you can currently buy on this side of the RS models or the R8.
The new Audi A7 will hit the German market at the end of February 2018. Starting price: 66,500 euros
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