The interior of the new A7 Sportback mirrors the sporty exterior. Its salient element is the “wrap-around” – the horizontal line that begins in the doors and forms a large arc underneath the windshield. The instrument panel has a wavy flowing front and the center console is angled toward the driver.
The interior finish demonstrates the great attention to detail that Audi is known for. Materials have been selected and processed with the utmost care. The air vents’ thumbwheels and the buttons on the MMI operating interface, for example, feature an exclusive aluminum look. The start-stop button and the shift gate feature discreet red backlighting. The selector lever with its almost spherical knob now has the control button at the front. The quattro badge above the glove compartment has also been redesigned.
New color and trim
Audi designers have created attractive new colors and materials for the interior of this five-door coupe. In addition to standard cloth upholstery for the standard seats, there is also a cloth/leather combination and Milano leather. Valcona leather is an option for the customized contour seats. Two types of leather and a Alcantara/leather mix are available for the sport seats. All S sport seats are upholstered in particularly high-grade Valcona leather.
Leather trim alone is available in five colors. Audi design selection cedar brown includes upholstery with contrasting stitching, black door trims and aluminum/Beaufort walnut inlays. Several leather packages and the Audi exclusive range, including color seat belts, round out the offerings.
The lighting package or ambient lighting (both available as options) add small highlights in the interior in the dark. The ambient lighting package uses LEDs and light guides to create an extremely effective atmosphere – the center tunnel console appears to float and the door sill trims are illuminated.
The new Audi A7 Sportback’s interior is characterized in large part by extensive inlays in the doors, on the instrument panel and on the center tunnel console. Satin finish silver-grey and satin finish, silver-beige inlays are standard here. Options include aluminum Delta silver, black piano finish, fine grain ash natural brown, Walnut dark brown, Beaufort walnut and aluminum/Beaufort black. In the case of the Beaufort inlays, different materials are sliced extremely thin and laid atop one another.
The S line sport package immerses the interior entirely in black. The sport seats are covered in a combination of perforated Alcantara and leather. Contrasting stitching provides an eye-catching highlight and S line embossing adorns the backrests of the front seats. The inlays are in matt brushed aluminum; S line badges sparkle on the door sill trims and the specially designed steering wheel, while the selector lever knob is covered in perforated leather.
The utmost in comfort: the seats
There is a choice of four types of front seats for the new A7 Sportback. The standard seats can be manually adjusted in ten different ways. Upon request, Audi will provide upgrades such as electrical adjustment, a four-way lumbar support, three-speed ventilation and multiple-setting seat heating.
The optional customized contour seats feature 18-way adjustment with memory function. The backrests, side bolsters and lumbar support can be adjusted pneumatically. The massage function, a further option, allows the user to select from five different intensities in five different programs to have ten air chambers massage their back. The sport seats in the new Audi A7 Sportback have pronounced side sections, removable cushions and electric lumbar supports. The S sport seats provide even greater stability and have integrated head restraints.
Operating the new Audi A7 Sportback is straightforward and intuitive. The large dials can be read at a glance. The driver information system measures either 5.0 or 7.0 inches diagonally, depending on the version, and features a monochrome or color screen.
The driver information system is operated via the standard multifunction steering wheel. Audi offers a number of different steering wheels: with three or four spokes, shift paddles, a heated rim, with wood decor and electric steering column adjustment. The MMI terminal – a clearly organized operating interface – is positioned on the center console. The on-board MMI monitor (either 6.5 or 8.0 inches diagonally) automatically emerges from the instrument panel when the system is turned on. When not in use, only its chrome-plated upper edge is visible.
The standard-fit deluxe automatic air conditioning is among the strengths of the new Audi A7 Sportback. The optional four-zone version of this system includes individual controls for rear-seat passengers. Three different modes – low, medium and high – can be selected throughout the vehicle. A fourth version that heats the footwell especially intensively is also available for the winter. Last but not least, an auxiliary heater is also available.
Well-informed: the head-up display
Another highlight among the controls is the optional head-up display, which projects key information onto the windshield in the form of symbols and numbers. A TFT display backlit by a white LED generates the color image; two aspherical mirrors enlarge and redirect it. The mirrors also compensate for any distortion caused by the curvature of the windshield.
Information appears to hover in a window in front of the windshield. Data is projected some 2.3 meters (7.6 ft) in front of the driver. To avoid ghost images, the windshield and its noise-damping safety film have a special shape. The driver can process images very quickly because his or her eyes, accustomed to distance vision while driving, do not have to adjust. The driver can use the MMI to specify which information should be shown in the head-up display; the height and brightness can also be adjusted.
The new Audi A7 Sportback rolls off the assembly line as a four-seater; the rear can be fitted with 2+1 seating as an option. Thanks to long and high door cutouts, all passengers can get in and out easily. Stepless door stays keep the doors open; power-assisted closing is optional. Even tall adults have plenty of room in the rear.
Underneath the tailgate, which rises high up into the roof of this five-door coupe, is a large trunk lined with fine carpeting. The cargo area offers a base capacity of 535 liters (18.9 cu ft), which can be increased to 1,390 liters (49.1 cu ft) by folding down the split rear seat backs. A two-part cover, bag hooks, lashing eyes and a compartment in the right panel are all very practical in day-to-day use. Options include a reversible mat, a load-through hatch including ski bag and a luggage net.
Thanks to a standard electric drive unit, opening and closing the trunk is extremely convenient. The opening angle can be programmed. It can be opened via the remote control key or by pressing a button on the lid. The convenience key offers two additional features. The driver needs merely to press a second, new button before closing the trunk to lock the entire car. The driver can also open the tailgate with a kicking motion.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.