A7 impresses, in and out

2011-08-05 14:59

So you want to be different? You want a big car that looks like a sexy sleek coupe and you want four doors and a really big boot? Well, Audi have the new A7.

It sits between the new Audi A6 and the already impressive A8, which takes on the likes of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and even Porsche.

The A7 offers a new innovative design – including a hybrid construction which uses lightweight steel and aluminium to keep weight down while retaining strength.

The five-door coupe is less than 5m long and is about 2m wide yet it is only 1.4m high. Key features include an extended bonnet, a short front overhang, a long wheelbase, the sporty curve of the C-pillars, and the short rear deck. With the rear spoiler up the car is stunning.

This all blends together to enhance the sporty and muscular presence of the A7 and, thanks to its rather lengthy body, you get quite a big boot?– 535 litres with rear seats up, 1390 with seats down.

So it’s impressive on the outside, what about inside?

Being an Audi, it is obviously well-built and has a stylish front cabin layout. The dashboard sweeps around you and is slightly angled towards the driver, reminding you that the A7 is driver-focused. There are some impressive touches that add that little bit of fanciness to the car.

For example the dials appear to be floating as they protrude in front of a full colour screen that divides them. The needles hang down at a 90 degree angle when the car sets off, just like that of a Ferrari.

One of the best features that the dashboard has to offer is the LCD screen that rises out of the dash once the ignition is on.

The centre console and area around the gear lever is quintessentially Audi. All the controls for the Multi Media Interface system and radio are found here along with Audi’s new touch pad device, which makes searching for radio stations or contacts easier and safer.

The A7 is offered with two engine derivatives, a 3.0TDI ­(R717 000) and a very lively 3.0TFSI (R730 000), which gets from 0–100km in around 5.5 seconds.

Although the car is quite big it is still great fun to drive. It goes around corners well, stays completely flat and, thanks to its fantastic Quattro system, you can take those corners at quite a speed.

The A7 is extremely comfortable and surprisingly quiet on the road, which means you can cruise along in your own cocoon of tranquillity.

I was lucky enough to have both the 3.0TDI and the 3.0TFSI and I must say that the petrol offering is the one to get. Sure it’s slightly heavier on fuel but one can’t have it all.

Then again 8.0l/100km is not bad. The diesel will squeeze out about 6.4l/100km

Overall the A7 is an impressive piece of kit. It looks great, it definitely drives well and is built solidly.
 
It is worth considering in this highly niche segment.


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