The interior layout, fit and finish
As with the regular A7 Sportback, the RS7 comes with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit as standard, replacing traditional analogue dials with a 12.3in screen. Its graphics are bespoke for the RS7, and it can show all sorts of information, from peak g-force levels to a full-screen navigation map. In fact, there’s so much information positioned just below your sightline that it makes the optional head-up display (standard on Vorsprung trim) pretty much redundant.
Slap in the middle of the dashboard are the infotainment screens. The top one is 10.1in, and covers things such as the radio, navigation and smartphone links (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard). Just below that sits another 8.6in touchscreen, which is dedicated to the climate controls and convenience features.
The menus are a little convoluted and it takes time to work out where everything is, but generally it reacts quickly to commands. Both screens provide haptic feedback to confirm when you’ve touched an icon, but you still have to glance away from the road to hit them in the first place, and that’s our biggest bugbear; BMW’s iDrive system is so much easier to use while you’re driving, thanks to its physical rotary control and shortcut buttons. More positively, wireless phone charging is standard across the range.
The RS7’s pedals are offset to the right, and the transmission tunnel encroaches into the footwell a bit and butts up to your left leg, but the driving position is otherwise good. The RS sports seats are superbly supportive and come with full electric adjustment (including memory recall and lumbar adjustment) and all models have a powered steering column.
Visibility forwards is about as good as it gets, thanks to front pillars that are thinner than those of the Porsche Taycan. Being a coupé, with narrow side and rear windows, the view over your shoulders is rather less fulsome, but all-round parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard. And you get super-bright adaptive Matrix LED headlights that you can leave on main beam and let the headlights change the pattern of their light output to prevent blinding other drivers.
It’s an Audi, so don’t think for a moment that the RS7 isn’t deluxe inside. The materials are of a high grade and everything feels beautifully constructed. That said, it’s still architecturally an A7, whereas the Taycan and Panamera are bespoke models that feel a touch more special and are at least as well screwed together.
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