* Five-door coupe reviewed * Price from 43,775 * Our verdict...
Theres the latest incarnation of Audis now famous (some might say infamous) LED daytime running lights and a strongly angled crease that follows the curve of the front wheelarch and runs along the length of the car. It gives the car distinct shoulders on top of which sit equally angular door mirrors.
The rear end is more curved, but just as pretty with a TT-style pop-up spoiler (you shouldnt see it, though it rises at speeds above 80mph). All-in-all, its an enticing blend of sharp angles and swoopy lines.
Although the A7s nose doesnt look distinctive in your rear view mirror, an A7 driver gets to enjoy an all-new cabin design for Audi. As with the outside, its a delicious mix of curves and lines, but with some of the beautiful detailing Audi has become famous for: we especially like the new instrument binnacle with its silver-rimmed dials and crystal-clear electronic display, and the way buttons and knobs are illuminated in the dark even the volume control has a thin red-lit ring around its edge.
Qualitys good, too, but Audi no longer leads the way on that score the A7 is much better than the A4 and A5, but a 5 Series has marginally better-quality plastics. The A7 has the more appealing cabin to look at, though.
Space isnt too bad only the very tall will complain that the coup roofline restricts headroom, while theres decent, if not generous, leg space in the back.
The boot is okay, but not especially deep and that roofline again restricts the size of loads you can carry its not the sort of hatchback to stick your dog in the back of. The folding seats add a welcome dose of practicality, though.