Audi A7 Sportback driven - Smooth and comfortable
We tested what’s likely to be the most popular A7, the 202bhp 3.0-litre TDI – popular because if its stats: 53.3mpg and 139g/km of CO2. It makes do with two-wheel drive where the other models get four-wheel drive, and it has a CVT continuously variable auto gearbox where the others get a clever Multitronic dual-clutch auto.
The A7 may wear a Sportback name, but this model never feels really sporty. The engine is smooth and refined, but lacks real punch.
There’s plenty of grip even from this two-wheel drive car, but the steering always feels wishy-washy – you turn the wheel and the car turns, too, but the steering lacks sharpness.
However, this is an Audi that rides well – at least on the optional air suspension of the car we drove. It’s not perfect and can patter over broken surfaces around town, but it’s one of the most comfortable Audis we’ve driven in a long time.
It’s also one of the quietest, with next to no wind or road noise other than on rough road surfaces.
A more powerful version of the same 3.0 TDI comes with Quattro, as do the 2.8 and 3.0 petrol cars. All models get stop-start, brake energy regeneration and other eco measures to lower CO2 and boost mpg.