Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 15 August 2020
It’s a segment of motoring reserved for those who require practicality while demanding cutting edge design and a top-notch implementation of both. Welcome to the world of grand coupés. Welcome to the new Audi A7 Sportback.
I have always been rather a fan of gran coupé styling. Combining large dimensions with sloping lines and purposeful edges, it’s a class of motoring aimed at the kind of buyer who puts practicality high on their priority list but certainly not at the expense of style, fashion and design. This cannot be clearer than within the new A7.
- Price: R1 298 000 (Price as tested with options: R1 636 890)
- Engine:0-litre Turbopetrol V6
- Power/Torque:250 kW/500 Nm
- Transmission:7-speed automatic (S-Tronic)
- Fuel consumption:1 L/100 km (claimed) ; 73-Litre Long Range Fuel Tank
- Load capacity:535 litres
From corner to corner, the A7 represents purposeful lines, which to me at least embody a form of automotive artwork. From its tapered rear end with Audi Matrix LED light strip along the boot lid to that of the headlights, everything is encased in symphony. The lighting dances as you unlock the vehicle and it is at this point that you are made aware of its very tech-focussed and neat interior cabin space.
In the S-Line trim guise, the A7 features large supportive bucket type seats. From the comfort of these seats, you gain full access and control of the triple screen interior layout much as we’ve seen in the recently launched Audi Q8. With everything from Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrumentation cluster to night vision camera’s and 360-degree cameras around the vehicle, if optioned, nothing is left out. On top of this my test vehicle was fitted with Audi’s Bang & Olufsen sound system which is exceptional. Add to this the capacitive touch screens, heated seats, suede and leather and the interior is certainly as tasteful as the exterior design.
The 55 TFSI model is powered by Audi’s 3.0-litre V6 petrol motor. With 250 kW and 500 Nm of torque mated to a 48 Volt mild hybrid system, despite the vehicles large size and weight, power delivery is brisk and 0 – 100 is claimed at just a bit over 5 seconds.
With Audi’s clever concordant all-wheel-drive system fitted, the front and rear wheels turn independently of one another and this leads to a vastly decreased turning circle and ultimately a vehicle which offers very impressive levels of grip thanks to both quattro all-wheel-drive and the high tech science of the steering system. The A7, therefore, remains a firm, planted and dynamic vehicle to drive with sporting attributes.
If you’re in the market for a grand coupé, this Audi A7 ticks all the boxes and impressed me with its gorgeous design, impeccable build, quality and drive. Its main rivals include the Mercedes-Benz CLS, BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe or Porsche Panamera.