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AUDI A7 SPORTBACK

55 TFSI Quattro Black Edition 5dr S Tronic

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Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Co2
Co2 196.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 155mph

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AUDI A7 55 TFSI Quattro Black Edition 5dr S Tronic

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    6
  • Comfort
    8
  • Space
    8
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    8
  • Value
    6
  • Equipment
    7
  • Economy
    7
  • Depreciation
    6
  • Insurance
    6

Audi's A7 Sportback offers a smarter, more unique option to Executive segment buyers and the Ingolstadt maker has put a lot of effort into updating this second generation version. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

You might think that a full-sized Executive car - say something like an Audi A6, a BMW 5 Series or a Mercedes E-Class - was a pretty desirable thing. Buyers in this segment though, don't always agree, which is why in recent times, so many of them have drifted away into up-market SUVs and crossovers. In response over the last few years, the prestige brands have produced more dynamic and individual four and five-door designs to sell alongside their standard executive models. Here's Audi's offering, a much improved second generation A7 Sportback. As before, the underpinnings feature some of Audi's more exclusive technology, the kind of thing you'd find in the brand's luxury segment A8 saloon. This car though can be more efficient than any A8. That'll be important for business segment buyers, but I've a suspicion that it's technology that'll really sell them this car. Much of this is optional of course, but if you tick the right boxes for things like the hi-tech Matrix headlights and the advanced autonomous driving and connectivity technology, this car really can be state of the art.

Driving Experience

A7 Sportback buyers choose between four engines. There's a 204PS four cylinder TDI engine in the '40 TDI' version, offered with either front wheel drive or quattro 4WD. Then there's a 340PS 3.0 TFSI petrol unit in the '55 TFSI' variant, which comes mated to a 7-speed S tronic auto gearbox. Many customers though, will want either the 231PS '45 TDI' or the 286PS '50 TDI' variants, both of which use a 3.0-litre diesel using Audi's MHEV mild hybrid technology, this unit mated to 8-speed tiptronic auto transmission. Both six cylinder derivatives feature quattro 4WD and buyers choose between four suspension options, including updated adaptive air suspension that makes the car feel supple and luxurious during cruising without curbing its ability to iron out more challenging roads. Through the corners, you'll appreciate a new 'Progressive steering' system, which features a ratio that becomes more direct as lock is applied. And for optimal ability through the switchbacks and increased lower-speed manoeuvrability, dynamic all-wheel-steering is also available from the options list, as is the quattro sport differential which actively distributes drive torque between the rear wheels for maximum cornering adjustability. As usual with Audi models, there's a 'drive select' driving modes system that activates different drive profiles that tweak steering, throttle response, steering feel and ride characteristics. Audi says that this time round, the differentiation between comfort and dynamic options is more pronounced than in the previous model.

Design and Build

With its large surfaces, sharp edges and taut, athletic lines, the second generation A7 Sportback draws inspiration from the Audi prologue concept study that spearheaded the introduction of the latest Audi design language. Like the larger A8 saloon, one of this model's key defining features is a flat light strip which creates a continuous light pattern across the rear. The digital cabin's completely new and very futuristic, with a sleek instrument panel adding to the feeling of airy spaciousness. Compared with the previous model, interior length has increased by 21 millimetres, resulting in more rear knee room. Rear passengers also enjoy more head room. A three-seat rear bench is standard for UK models, and when its backrest is fully stowed, the luggage compartment capacity expands from 535-litres to a generous 1,390-litres. As with the A8, the communications hub of this A7 Sportback is Audi's latest MMI touch response' operating package which is based around 10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower touchscreen displays which appear to blend into the dashboard when switched off. The two large, high resolution touch displays replace the rotary controller and satellite button system used by the previous model. They provide haptic and acoustic feedback as confirmation when a fingertip triggers a function.

Market and Model

Prices square up fairly closely to rival BMW's 6 Series GT and Mercedes Benz CLS models, starting at around £47,000. There's a choice of two trim levels, 'Sport' and 'S line'. The specification is appropriately high, with LED front and rear lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, leather-upholstered seats with full electric adjustment upfront, LED ambient interior lighting and the fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit all supplied as standard. The infotainment set-up is Audi's top 'MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch' system, which features the Audi Smartphone Interface and the Audi Phone Box system, which includes wireless charging for QI-enabled compatible phones. The list of electronic driver assistants features the 'Audi Parking System Plus' set-up with rear-view camera. In addition, you get the Audi Pre-sense Front collision warning and automatic braking system and Lane Departure Warning. 'S line' specification ramps up the visual appeal even further with 20-inch alloy wheels, HD Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators, sport suspension and S line-specific body styling. Inside, the front sport seats are upholstered in leather and Alcantara and there's 'S line'-specific interior detailing.

Cost of Ownership

A core component of the standard technology package fitted to all A7 Sportback models is the mild hybrid drivetrain (MHEV) engineering made possible by the newly introduced 48-volt primary electrical system. At speeds of between 34 and 99mph, it enables the V6 engines to be deactivated and the A7 Sportback to coast in freewheeling mode. The Belt Alternator Starter re-fires the engine smoothly and comfortably after coasting, and is capable of channelling up to 12kW of energy back into the lithium ion battery during recuperative braking. The start-stop function has also been significantly expanded and now activates at 13mph. In combination with the standard front camera, the engine is restarted predictively while at a standstill as soon as the vehicle ahead begins to move. In real-world driving, the MHEV technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres every 62 miles. As a result, the volume 2.0-litre 40 TDI diesel version manages 60.1mpg on the combined cycle and 122g/km of CO2. The 3.0-litre '50 TDI' diesel variant can manage up to 39.8mpg on the combined cycle and up to 186g/km of CO2. For the alternative 3.0-litre petrol-powered '55 TFSI' model, the figures on 19-inch wheels are 36.2mpg and 176g/km.

Summary

This second generation Audi A7 Sportback is clearly a car that a massive amount of thought and development budget has been ploughed into. It's a very considered thing, a car which pushes boundaries with its styling and engine technology but which feels reassuringly familiar to drive. The latest model improves the oily bits while at the same time keeping the look fresh and the technology indoors bang up to date. Every part of this car has been designed with a thoroughness that's deeply impressive, if sometimes rather clinical. Of course, the end result is hardly inexpensive - and you'll need to spend plenty on options to fully sharpen its driving manners. Still, if that's not an issue, then you're likely to find this A7 very desirable indeed. It is perhaps the definitive expression of how Audi wants you to perceive its brand. Not all executive decisions should be difficult. Here's one you should enjoy making.

Driver Convenience

  • Amazon alexa Integration
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi parking system plus - acoustic and visual park assist system for front and rear
  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi virtual cockpit - 12.3" high resolution LCD digital instrument cluster display
  • Automatic start/stop system with coasting functionality
  • Colour driver's information system display
  • Electric boot lid release
  • Lane departure warning system
  • MMI nav plus with MMI touch + 10.1" and 8.6" HD haptic touch screen/3D city models/country information/online map/route info and personal route assist
  • Operating buttons in black, glass look with haptic feedback
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Progressive steering
  • Rear view camera
  • Service indicator
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • Audi music interface - 2 USB ports with charger and data functions
  • Audi sound system with 6 channel amplifier, 180 watt amplifying capacity and 10 loudspeakers including subwoofer
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB digital radio module

Exterior Features

  • Coming/leaving home animations in front and rear
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors with driver memory function and integrated LED indicators
  • Frameless auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Gloss black exterior mirror housings
  • Gloss black highlights on the exterior area of the Audi Single frame
  • Gloss black highlights on the front and rear bumpers
  • Gloss black highlights on the radiator grille
  • Gloss black highlights on the side windows trim strips
  • HD Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators
  • Headlight washers
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
  • High gloss black radiator grille with chrome single frame surround
  • Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
  • LED rear lights
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Retractable rear spoiler
  • S line air inlet design with inlay in high gloss black
  • S Line badge on front fender
  • S line badge on front grille
  • S Line Black rear diffuser with chrome inlays and rear grille
  • S Line side skirts
  • Signature LED daytime running lights
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 2 zone deluxe electronic climate control
  • 3 spoke flat bottom high multi-function leather steering wheel
  • 3 Spoke flat bottom high multi-function leather steering wheels with shift paddles
  • 4-way electric lumbar support
  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 seater rear seat bench with rear centre armrest
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Electrically adjustable front seats - driver seat with memory
  • Front and rear headrests
  • Front centre armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated sun visors with vanity mirrors
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leatherette upper instrument panel and door shoulders
  • Luggage compartment floor
  • S line front and rear floor mats with contrast stitching
  • Stainless steel pedals and foot rest
  • Tool kit and car jack

Packs

  • LED interior ambient lighting pack - A7
  • Non smoking pack - A7

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Hill hold assist
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Tyre pressure warning light
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm with tow away protection
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless Go
  • Preparation for tracking system
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Quattro on demand
  • Sports suspension

Wheels

  • 20" 5 double arm design Audi sport cast aluminium high seen matt titanium look alloy wheels

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    172
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    199
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    195

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2995
  • Cylinder Layout
    V6
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Engine Code
    4KA02YWC3
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    8.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    32.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    340
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TFSI Quattro
  • Coin Series
    Black Edition
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    47E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    9000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    340
  • Engine Power - KW
    250
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    369
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    51
  • Engine Torque - NM
    500
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1370
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    255/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 DOUBLE ARM
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1422
  • Length
    4969
  • Wheelbase
    2926
  • Width
    1908
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2118

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    63
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2470
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    535
  • Max. Loading Weight
    655
  • Max. Roof Load
    90
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1815
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.2

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