Review Audi A7 2019
Audi is known as a leader in design, and it is thought that none of the models in this lineup shows more than the Audi A7 Sportback.
This all-new version of Audi’s largest five-door hatchback takes the idea of the first generation version and, instead of reinventing the idea, recreates it with a more modern and even focused look. more on style.
And it was a very convincing execution.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 9/10
If you can’t find anything interesting about the design of the Audi A7, chances are you’re visually impaired.
The original A7 Sportback was probably ahead of its time in mixing coupes with the practicality of a large sedan, and the new second-generation version pushed the envelope further into the future. The vision, according to chief designer Andreas Koglin, is “a clear form with sharp lines and tight shapes”, including the distinguishable ‘stern’.
This is a car that looks technologically advanced – big, long, sleek and stylish. From LED headlights (or matrix and laser LEDs – yes, frikkin’s laser has the same 5500 Kelvin as the sun, according to Audi) and daytime running lights, to long, slanted, LED tail light fixtures, Enlightenment atmosphere for A7.
In addition, with matrix lights, both ends perform a series of discos as part of the start-up and shutdown process.
There are a few carefully balanced lines on the A7’s body that help capture light, which is something you can’t really say about its closest direct rival, the Mercedes-Benz CLS. It retains the ‘big metal greenhouse’ of the existing model, but it certainly has more angles and interesting elements for this new generation car.
There are two types of exterior provided to Australia – the S series you see here is the version that will be fitted to two more advanced models, while the entry model looks less aggressive for the front bumper and its after. In front of me, the base car actually looks more luxurious, in which the S line models – when not equipped with an optional black exterior styling package that deletes the outer chrome trim – have a slightly uncomfortable look. in the grille area. With a black edge with a single-frame grille, it looks more convincing.
The A7 is still large, 4969mm long (-5mm) and travels on a base longer than 2926mm (+ 12 mm), 1908mm wide (including mirrors), but it’s also a bit taller, at 1422mm (+ 2 mm) . According to Audi, the interior space has been increased by 21mm in this generation, creating a more luxurious cabin than before.
Everything is a bit edgier about the design in the cockpit, too. Gone is an attractive dashboard design, with a clear treatment focused on the driver.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
According to Audi, the A7’s interior is said to provide a “future lounge space”. And if your vision of a future living room includes beautiful textile products, quality details and a selection of three sharp screens to watch and interact with, it will surely meet that. .
Unlike the existing model, which seems to draw a bit more inspiration from the seaplane world, the new model is not a luxury, with a more technological-focused approach. The finish on the dashboard is gone, and everything is more focused on the driver – the screens tilt just enough toward the pilot and the dashboard design that helps anchor the driver’s seat is the most important. in the car.
As a driver, I’m still struggling with climate control measures that require you to use a monitor and I think it is distracting as well. At least with Audi screens, it is possible to slide up or down on the temperature screen to change quickly, instead of having to touch the screen repeatedly.
Haptic feedback on the screen is something a bit familiar, as response time isn’t as fast as some common touch screen systems, but the menus are all well-organized.
And of course, all storage considerations are dealt with, including good cup holders between chairs, decent door pockets, some loose item caddies, etc. At the back there is a flip-down armrest with cupholder, bottle holder at the door and a map bag on the back of the seat. A really neat addition is the illuminated seat belt – smart!
The space back there is mostly good, but it’s better if you lack. There is enough legroom and shoulder room for three adults, but anyone taller than me (I am 182cm) will probably lack some space due to the curved roof contour.
The boot is good at 535 liters – enough to deal with two golf bags, the brand claims. The shape of the shoes means that tall items may not fit, but the length and width are good, and you can tie them with a mesh to keep everything in order. And there’s a spare wheel that saves space under the boot floor.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 9/10
There are three models in the range and considering the most natural competitors with the Audi A7 – Mercedes-Benz CLS (from $ 136,900) and BMW 6 series GT (from $ 123,500) – there’s an argument that this car is a bargain. Ah. “Bargain” is relative, obviously.
The entry level model is 45 TFSI, listed at $ 113,900 plus on-road costs. That’s pretty close to the current starting point for the A7, but now there are some more devices included as standard. It doesn’t come until around mid 2019, though.
This model is fully equipped, including standards including 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension, Audi ‘progressive’ steering system, LED headlights with high beam support, and tail. Electronic car with smart opening, keyless start and push button start, Leather seats and ‘Valcona’ sports seats, electric front seats adjustment and heated front seats and three-zone air conditioning.