Audi A7 Sportback review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The A7 is less compromised than it used to be, with good space for four and a useful hatchback-style boot
By their very nature, big four-door coupes are less practical than the saloon models on which they are based. But the A7 Sportback is better than you might expect, with plenty of space for four adults to get comfortable (and five to squeeze in for short journeys). Those frameless windows for the door glass do help access, while a soft-close option is available, meaning you don't have to slam the doors shut when you close them.
Visibility is a little compromised thanks to thick pillars and that sloping roof, but it’s no worse than in a Porsche Panamera. The multitude of cameras and sensors make parking easier than it looks, while the self-parking function will make the process a doddle.
The A7 Sportback is 4,969mm long, 1,908mm wide and 1,422mm tall. It’s actually ever so slightly shorter than the old model, but it’s fractionally wider and taller. Despite the shorter length Audi has added 10mm to the wheelbase, and increased the overall cabin length by 21mm, improving pasenger space. The A8 is a good 200mm longer still, however.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Don’t expect the A7 to be a luxury limousine and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the space on offer. Front seat passengers get loads of head and leg space, with supportive and endlessly adjustable seats. Legroom is improved for rear seat passengers over the old car, and while six footers will find their heads brushing against that sloping roofline, it’s not too bad overall and hardly what you'd call cramped.
One practicality benefit the A7 has over its saloon siblings is its hatchback-style tailgate. It makes accessing what space there is significantly easier for those with awkwardly-shaped loads. The 535-litre boot is identical in capacity to the previous generation A7, but that’s still better than a Porsche Panamera.
All cars get a power assisted tailgate, so all you need to do is press a button and the hatch will open or close by itself.
In this review
- 1Audi A7 Sportback reviewThe Audi A7 Sportback blends style with substance, and takes a big leap forward in terms of technology
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Audi A7 offers a composed and confidence-inspiring drive, but it isn’t particularly engaging. The ride on air suspension isn’t perfect, either
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsMild hybrid systems help to save fuel when cruising, but not as much as you might expect
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe A7s design is more distinctive than most Audis, but it’s still smart and elegant. The interior takes a big leap forward in tech terms, too
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe A7 is less compromised than it used to be, with good space for four and a useful hatchback-style boot
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe A7’s platform and tech are too new to judge in reliability terms, but advanced driver aids ensure safety is strong