What's the used Audi A7 hatchback like?
Filling a hole neatly between the smartly executive Audi A6 saloon and the distinctly upmarket Audi A8 saloon is the Audi A7 Sportback, an executive car that appears, at least in its rakish styling and frameless doors, to be a low-roofed five-door coupe.
It is based on the A6 in much the same way that the similarly styled but smaller Audi A5 Sportback is based on the A4 saloon, borrowing an idea used to good effect by the likes of Mercedes-Benz with its CLS and BMW with its 4 and 6 Series Gran Coupes.
However, there are no such disappointments when it comes to the ride and handling, as the low-slung Audi offers a genuinely comfortable and plaint ride, whether on its standard steel spring suspension or on the optional air suspension. All A7s, with the exception of the eco-focussed ‘Ultra’ version, come with four-wheel drive, and there’s plenty of grip available in most situations, as well as a rear-biased power split that makes the car feel nicely balanced in corners taken quickly.
The high-quality interior’s sculpture, craftsmanship and trimmings are all up to, and in some ways beyond, the usual Audi standards. It’s beautifully constructed, and the dash and all the major controls are well placed and look and feel upmarket. This is a long, low car, but there’s plenty of space for rear passengers, providing they’re not too lanky, otherwise they might feel their heads brushing the rooflining.
So the A7 may seem a bit like a niche product, but it’s also a truly impressive and very well-made luxury car. Find a good used one and you’ll be impressing the neighbours for several years to come.