New Audi A7 Sportback prices
The new Audi A7 Ultra costs from £45,875, with more equipment and frugal engines
Prices for the facelifted Audi A7 Sportback have been revealed, starting at £45,875 – with first deliveries late this year. That’s almost £5,000 more than the current car, but Audi has removed the previous entry-level A7 in favour of more luxurious SE Executive, S Line and Black Edition models.
Design inspiration comes from the new new Audi TT, with sharper headlights and a more angular grille. In addition to the styling changes, there’s also a new super-efficient TDI Ultra diesel engine capable of more than 60mpg, as well as some fancy new headlights that remove the need for a full-beam function.
New Audi A7 prices and specs
The Audi A7 SE Executive version replaces the old SE, commanding a premium of around £1,110, with prices starting from £45,875. However, the already generous specification now adds LED headlights and tail lights, 19-inch alloy wheels and four-zone automatic air-conditioning – allowing each passenger to control the temperature in their area of the car. Sat-nav, and upgraded music system and parking sensors are also standard.
Audi A7 S Line models add sports suspension (which can be deselected from the options list for a more comfortable ride) and 20-inch alloy wheels. The S Line models also feature more powerful headlights with 25 separate LED bulbs, which can be individually dimmed (automatically) when sensors detect oncoming or flowing traffic – without the need to deactivate the high beam setting. Prices for the Audi A7 S Line models starts from £48,665 for the front-wheel drive 3.0-litre TDI Ultra. Quattro four-wheel drive versions cost from £50,425, while the super-quick BiTurbo diesel is priced from £56,575.
Black Edition models add even sportier styling, with bigger wheels and a beefy body kit. Prices for the diesel Black Edition start at £52,775, with Quattro four-wheel drive as standard.
New Audi A7 interior updates
Get behind the wheel of the updated Audi A7 and you’ll notice some subtle changes to its already excellent interior. They include the option to spec aluminium/Beaufort walnut inlays, and a variety of new leathers such as Valcona and Lunar Silver. The front seats, meanwhile, can now be had with ventilation and massage functions.
Another change is the inclusion of the MMI radio plus operating system on the options list. It gets a head-up display that projects important information – such as speed and sat-nav directions – onto the windscreen. The top-of-the-range sat-nav system gets crystal clear graphics and is controlled via hand gestures on a touchpad.
At extra cost, it can be combined with Audi Connect, which gives passengers access to 4G and can link wirelessly to your smartphone. As ever, there's also a Bang & Olufsen premium stereo, which is part of a long list of cost-options that include adaptive cruise control, night vision assist, lane keep assist, and many others.
New Audi A7 engines
All these additions keep the A7 up-to-date with the competition, but it's the mechanical changes that are of more interest. The range includes two petrol and three diesel engines , all of which comply with tough new EU6 emissions regulations.
New to the four-door coupe range is the Audi A7 Ultra. The 3.0-litre diesel engine produces 215bhp, providing decent pace as well as 60.1mpg fuel economy and 122g/km CO2 emissions. That compares favourably to the 3.0-litre diesel engine in the Mercedes CLS, which will only manage 52.3mpg and 144g/km, while only offering a slight performance advantage over the A7.
The 316bhp 3.0-litre BiTurbo diesel gives you a solid mix of performance and economy, and now comes fitted with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while all other engines are mated to a seven-speed version. Quattro four-wheel-drive models, with 268bhp or more, can now be fitted with a sport differential that sends more power to the wheels it detects have the most grip, improving grip and stability when cornering.
For speed junkies, Audi still offers the S7 Sportback, with 444bhp, but even it is slightly more economical thanks to COD (Cylinder On Demand) technology, which can effectively switch off half the engine to save fuel. The Audi RS7 is faster still, with 552bhp and the ability to sprint from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds.
The new Audi A7 Sportback is on sale now, with first deliveries before the end of the year.
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