British motoring journalists were given the first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Audi A7 Sportback this month at an exclusive event in Sardinia. The car was a resounding success with all who attended, with the model securing four and five star reviews with its breathe taking design, exceptional build quality and ground-breaking technology being highlighted.
What Car? review
The definitive aid for any new car buyer – What Car? was full of praise, commenting: “Like the A5, the A7 is a striking car. Pictures fail to do it justice, […] but on the road it looks lithe and hides its size well. It also has some of the most intricate and delightful design touches yet on an Audi.”
The publication then went on to say: “An A7 driver gets to enjoy an all-new cabin design for Audi. As with the outside, it’s a delicious mix of curves and lines, but with some of the beautiful detailing Audi has become famous for. We especially like the new instrument binnacle with its silver-rimmed dials and crystal-clear electronic display, and the way buttons and knobs are illuminated in the dark – even the volume control has a thin red-lit ring around its edge.”
Auto Express review
The Audi A7’s design and functionality were particular highlights for journalists from Auto Express: “There can be no denying the A7 is striking. In fact it’s arguably Audi’s most beautiful car after the R8. Inside, the A7 is just as stunning. The dash, with its wraparound effect, the cool-looking instruments and the layout of all the buttons are all incredibly well executed.
“The A7 impresses in the back too. While it’s a strict four-seater, most adults will find it no less comfy than an A8. There’s enough space to stretch your legs out and, despite that sloping roofline, only those well over six foot will find head room a squeeze.”
Autocar journalists were particularly impressed by the Audi A7’s innovative technical details, in particular the drive train: “Both 3.0-litre diesel engines are new; lighter than the ones they replace and quiet and smooth, too. On this quattro model it’s mated to a twin-clutch seven-speed gearbox, which makes shifts cleanly and smoothly. It’s also quick”.