- Fabulously classy interior
- Impressive rolling refinement
- Lots of luxury toys
- Not as fun to drive as you might expect
- Not as comfortable, either
- Infotainment system could be more user-friendly
The Audi A7 Sportback is designed to deliver most of the same traits as a luxury saloon, but with a good bit more style thrown in for good measure. It certainly achieves that, the bold details and crisp creases combining with the swooping roofline at the back of the car to create some proper visual drama. Question is, should you buy one? That's what we'll answer in our Audi A7 Sportback review.
Even though some interior space has been sacrificed in pursuit of this visual theatre, it’s only a tiny amount. There’s a pinch less rear headroom than you’ll find in an Audi A6 or Audi A8, but it is only a pinch and tall six-foot colleagues will be just fine in the back. What’s more, the boot is actually marginally bigger than an A8 and because it’s a hatch rather than a saloon, you also get much better access to the space. In fact, you could argue that it’s actually more practical than the Audi A8 overall.
And what are these other luxury car traits on which the Audi A7 Sportback delivers? Well, quality is the main one. The interior looks like it’s been lifted straight out of the Audi A8 and that means the materials are dense and sophisticated, while the fit and finish are flawless. This is a car that feels posh enough for the very highest of high-flyers. No matter which version you pick, there’s also a huge amount of luxury kit on board and that also helps occupants feel spoiled.
The Audi A7’s excellent rolling refinement is also very luxury limousine-like. Wind and road noise are really well suppressed, while the whole range of petrol and diesel engines is quiet and smooth, not to mention powerful. What’s not so limousine-y, though, is the ride comfort.
All versions are on the firm side - uncomfortably so on the versions with lowered sports suspension - so this isn’t the wafty land yacht you might be expecting. It’s no sports car, either: it feels capable and assured in bends, but it’s not much fun due to its hefty weight and remote steering.
Is the Audi A7 Sportback right for you?
If you want the kind of attributes that a luxury saloon gives you, but you want them served up in a package that’s a bit less staid and a bit more stylish, then the Audi A7 Sportback will be a very solid choice.
It’s glamorous enough and desirable enough to draw admiring glances from passers-by. And to be fair, you don’t really sacrifice too much in the way of practicality to get it: rear headroom is a fraction tighter than in a saloon, but it is only a fraction. It also gives you the impeccable build quality, generous equipment list, strong safety record and excellent refinement that you expect from a high-end Audi.