Audi A7 hatchback
Price £45,915 - £63,420
- Interior quality and design
- Head-turning looks
- Good to drive
- Expensive options
- The hatchback boot is shallow
- Rear head room tight for taller adults
At a glance
"The Audi A7 is a beautifully styled, spacious and practical alternative to the Mercedes CLS."
If you want to drive a large executive car, but can’t really see yourself behind the wheel of a big saloon like a BMW 5 Series or Audi A6, then the Audi A7 Sportback could well be the ideal car for you. Like the A5 Sportback (a more rakish version of the A4 saloon), the Audi A7 Sportback is a sharper version of the A6. The A7 is aimed directly at the likes of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and the Mercedes CLS-Class saloon.
The A7 is sharp to look at inside and out and its rear end really is a stand-out feature. It's long and low, just like a coupe, but there's as much space as a luxury saloon in the back.
The choice of engines isn’t as wide as in some other Audi models, with a limited selection of 3.0-litre petrols and diesels, plus the option of Audi's quattro four-wheel-drive system. The 3.0-litre diesel Ultra model is our pick: not only does it return the best fuel economy in the range, but its performance is also impressive.
The A7 comes in three main specifications: entry-level SE Executive, mid-range S line and range-topping Black Edition. They all offer a decent amount of standard equipment, including four-zone climate control, cruise control, a power-operated tailgate, sat nav and keyless entry. We think the entry-level SE Executive is all the A7 you’ll need – especially with the S line and Black Edition concentrating mainly visual upgrades and coming with harsh sports suspension.
The rear seats can be folded down, so boot space is very good and the hatchback tailgate is a real boon if you need to carry awkwardly shaped items. The A7 a strict four-seater, though: there's no third seatbelt in the middle of the back seat.
Choose the 3.0-litre TDI Ultra in SE Executive trim and you’ll have a sharply designed, economical and pretty practical four-seater executive express. We’d advise specifying the reversing camera, simply because the A7's vast length can make it awkward to park.
All versions offer impressive economy – especially the Audi A7 Ultra
Despite its bulky size, the Audi A7 Sportback corners very well
The Audi A7 is comfortable and stylish - but there's only room for four inside
The shallow boot in the Audi A7 is easy to access
A large proportion of parts in the Audi A7 are based on tried and tested technology