What do you get between hot and cold, sweet and bitter,
fast and slow? You get something which is just-right. The Audi A7 Sportback
sits between the luxurious A6 and the powerful A8. The recipe for the A7 is
simple, take the underpinnings of the A6, create the interior as beautiful as
the A8, and finally garnish it with that gorgeous body. And yes, give it the
brilliant Audi 3.0 litre TDI engine as the cherry on top. We have to say the
recipe is absolutely crowning.
There is nobody who will not give a second glance to
the A7, even though it whizzes past you. This thing looks stunning. The long
low slung body is quiet racy in appeal with the sharp nose and the sloping
roofline. The muscular bonnet swoops down to the trademark Audi grille and the
LED headlamps. The nose is quiet low and you fear you might snag it on a curb,
but the A7 handles them with ease. And if you do happen to come across a large
curb, thanks to the air-suspension you can always raise the nose at the push of
a button. One thing that will never lose its charm is the pillar-less doors,
which just make you go wow every time you open them. Other spectacular features
include the retractable spoiler, 18” alloy wheels and the slick brake light
mounted high on top of the rear windscreen.
Audi makes one of the best interiors in the business,
and the A7 happens to the best of the best. Everything is beautifully
appointed, right from the switches and knobs to the leather and wood. Then you
get the infotainment screen and the optional Bang and Olufsen twitters which
rise up from the dash when the ignition is switched on. The seats are very
comfortable in the front and you set them up in a million ways to suit
individual preferences. The front seats also get massaging feature with different
modes and intensities, which is rather an indulgence rather then a necessity,
but is very alluring. The rear seats are relaxing but suffer in terms of
headroom because of the low roofline, but we presume everybody would be more
keen to be in the driving seat.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
We have mentioned time and again that the Audi’s 3.0 litre TDI is a gem of an engine, the same powering the A7 Sportback. Add the updated 7-speed S tronic and the Quattro and it becomes a match made in heaven. The ton marks is achieved in 6.3 seconds, and the A7 runs into the electronic buffers at 250kmph, very impressive when you consider that it is 2.3 tonne car carrying four people in comfort. Then is the safe-keeping of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system which just grips and grips. There is no way the A7 will misbehave in terms of handling characteristics. It just does not let go off the back end, only a hint of safe understeer when you push it to the limit. Enthusiasts will love the A7’s performance, and to top that it is even better and safe when the roads are wet. The only tiny problem is the suspension, which communicates every bit of the road surface to your back when left in the Dynamic mode. Best way around is to just leave it in Auto or Comfort.
The Audi A7 is the lovely blend of luxury and
performance, and a good quantity of style to go with it as well. And atop this
it returns a fuel efficiency of 16kmpl. Then are the safety measures, such as
Audi pre sense and night vision assist to name a few, which means Audi is very
concerned about passengers and wants them to have fun while making sure they
are safe. And at the end you will never get bored A7 happy face staring at you
from the driveway, urging you to go for a spin.
AUDI A7 SPORTBACK SPECIFICATIONS
V6 Turbo Diesel
Brake: Front/ Rear
Fuel Tank Capacity
Tyres: Front/ Rear
wishbone/Trapezoidal link axle with wishbone
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