Back when the A7 Sportback first debuted in 2010, Audi was already setting new standards in automotive design, embracing an athletic aesthetic and elegance in grand style. Its long engine hood, sporty, flowing C‑pillars and the sharply dropping rear end create a dynamic overall impression. The revised version of the five-door model, measuring 4.97 meters (16.3 ft) in length, now has additional striking, sporty features.
The most striking changes are to the Singleframe grille, bumpers, tailpipes and headlights. LED technology is now standard; upon request, Audi can supply Matrix LED headlights, which light the road optimally without causing glare for other road users. Combined with the Matrix LED headlights, dynamic turn signals are also installed at the front; they come standard at the rear.
The body of the new Audi A7 Sportback consists primarily of aluminum and high‑tech steel grades. It is extraordinarily lightweight and designed for maximum comfort in terms of noise. The cargo space under the long, electrically driven trunk lid has a base capacity of 535 liters (18.9 cu ft). When the rear seat backs are folded down it grows to 1,390 liters (49.1 cu ft).
The sporty style of the exterior is echoed in the car’s interior. The dominant element is the horizontal line surrounding the driver and passenger. The dashboard gives an impression of lightness and elegance. The new interior materials, including the aluminum/Beaufort walnut inlay and Valcona leather, are impressive for their finish. The color palette has been redesigned, offering five color options even for the seats.
The new Audi A7 Sportback is confident and relaxed to drive. The front seats can be optionally equipped with ventilation and massage functions, and there are four seat versions to choose from. The MMI radio operating system comes standard; it can be supplemented as an option with a head‑up display that projects all important information onto the windshield.
Power and efficiency: two TFSI and three TDI engines
To start out, Audi is offering the new A7 Sportback with a choice of five powerful and highly efficient engines: two gasoline and three diesel units. Their power rating ranges from 160 kW (218 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp), and all of them comply with the Euro 6 emission standard. Many aspects of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel with 200 kW (272 hp) have been newly developed. In the “ultra” version with 160 kW (218 hp) and front-wheel drive, the three-liter V6 uses an average of just 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50.0 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 122 grams per kilometer (196.3 g/mi). The top‑of‑the‑range engine, the 4.0 TFSI, is available in the Audi S7 Sportback. It delivers 331 kW (450 hp) of power and uses innovative COD (cylinder on demand) technology.
The 3.0 TDI biturbo clean diesel, which delivers 235 kW (320 hp), works with an eight‑speed tiptronic transmission; all other engine configurations have a seven‑speed S tronic transmission. In the versions with front‑wheel drive, the dual‑clutch transmission has been fully redeveloped, replacing the multitronic. In engine configurations starting at 200 kW (272 hp), quattro permanent all-wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.
The chassis, too, combines sporty precision with high comfort. The new Audi A7 Sportback features wheels with diameters ranging from 17 to 21 inches. Some engine configurations are equipped with new lightweight brakes. The power steering system features an electromechanical drive for high efficiency.
The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard. Options include dynamic steering, two sport suspension versions and adaptive air suspension; on the S7 Sportback, the air suspension has a firmer setup.
The new Audi A7 Sportback leads the competition in terms of infotainment. The top system, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch, utilizes the latest generation of the modular infotainment system; its highlight is a powerful graphics processor from Audi’s partner Nvidia. Touchpad control lets the driver scroll and zoom in lists and maps.
The perfect supplement to MMI Navigation plus is Audi connect, which links the five‑door coupe with the Internet via the LTE high‑speed data transmission standard. The Audi phone box connects the driver’s cell phone to the car antenna for improved reception. The top of the hi-fi line is the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.
The assistance systems – including adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, the further improved night vision assistant and the Audi pre sense safety system – are also state of the art. Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist work closely together to make lane changes even safer.
The new Audi A7 Sportback will begin arriving at dealerships in late summer 2014. Its base price in Germany will be €51,300. The Audi S7 Sportback is available starting at €82,300.
Fuel consumption of the models named above:
Audi A7 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.6 – 4.7 (30.9 – 50.0 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 176 – 122 (283.2 – 196.3 g/mi)
Audi S7 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.3 (25.3 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 215 (346.0 g/mi)