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Audi A7 Sportback - Interior, design and technology

The distinctive design of the A7 is smart and elegant, with the interior tech to match

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.2 out of 5

Price
£57,250 to £94,300
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The second-generation Audi A7 Sportback is now one of the longer-serving members of Audi’s line-up, but this curvaceous four-door coupe still looks appealing and fresh.

Several details, such as the extra-wide grille, sleek-looking headlights, and prominent styling lines, help it look the part, but the large, distinctive, single-piece OLED rear light bar really marks it out. The clever light ‘animations’ when you lock or unlock the car are either very cool or a bit showy, depending on preference. If you’re getting a move on, the rear spoiler pops up at speeds of over 75mph.  

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Inside, the A7 adopts the same minimalist approach as its larger A8 sibling, but there’s a bit more of a driver focus thanks to the angled dash and lower, sportier driving position. The slick-looking dual-screen infotainment system controls almost every aspect of the car’s comfort and infotainment functions, including Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The dual-screen infotainment system is clever, sharp, and instantly impressive. The touchscreen surfaces are haptic, delivering feedback to the touch when pressed. It means that instead of tapping lightly, as you would on a tablet or smartphone screen, you have to press the screen like it's a button. But once you’re used to it, it’s a great set-up to use. It’s probably still beaten for ease of operation on the move by a good old-fashionedd rotary switch, though.

As you’d expect, the quality of materials and fit and finish is mainly faultless. The quality really matches the flagship A8, though the layout and the design is a bit sportier compared to the firm’s luxury limo.

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Shane is responsible for looking after the day-to-day running of the Auto Express website and social media channels. Prior to joining Auto Express in 2021, he worked as a radio producer and presenter for outlets such as the BBC.

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