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Audi A7 SPORTBACK 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic

Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
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Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
Audi A7 45 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph6.2 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02154 g/km
  • BHP245
  • Torque273 lbs/f
  • P11D34%

Review

The second generation Audi A7 Sportback has been carefully but comprehensively updated, with smarter styling, revised engines, a hi-tech all-digital cockpit and a range of intelligent driver assistance systems. It's still a beautifully constructed thing but now offers just that little bit more polish in the face of some very talented rivals.

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Audi's A7 Sportback offers a smarter, more unique option to Executive segment buyers and the Ingolstadt maker has put a lot of effort into updating this second generation version. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

You might think that a full-sized Executive car - say something like an Audi A6, a BMW 5 Series or a Mercedes E-Class - was a pretty desirable thing. Buyers in this segment though, don't always agree, which is why in recent times, so many of them have drifted away into up-market SUVs and crossovers. In response over the last few years, the prestige brands have produced more dynamic and individual four and five-door designs to sell alongside their standard executive models. Here's Audi's offering, a much improved second generation A7 Sportback. As before, the underpinnings feature some of Audi's more exclusive technology, the kind of thing you'd find in the brand's luxury segment A8 saloon. This car though can be more efficient than any A8. That'll be important for business segment buyers, but I've a suspicion that it's technology that'll really sell them this car. Much of this is optional of course, but if you tick the right boxes for things like the hi-tech Matrix headlights and the advanced autonomous driving and connectivity technology, this car really can be state of the art.

Driving Experience

A7 Sportback buyers choose between four engines. There's a 204PS four cylinder TDI engine in the '40 TDI' version, offered with either front wheel drive or quattro 4WD. Then there's a 340PS 3.0 TFSI petrol unit in the '55 TFSI' variant, which comes mated to a 7-speed S tronic auto gearbox. Many customers though, will want either the 231PS '45 TDI' or the 286PS '50 TDI' variants, both of which use a 3.0-litre diesel using Audi's MHEV mild hybrid technology, this unit mated to 8-speed tiptronic auto transmission. Both six cylinder derivatives feature quattro 4WD and buyers choose between four suspension options, including updated adaptive air suspension that makes the car feel supple and luxurious during cruising without curbing its ability to iron out more challenging roads. Through the corners, you'll appreciate a new 'Progressive steering' system, which features a ratio that becomes more direct as lock is applied. And for optimal ability through the switchbacks and increased lower-speed manoeuvrability, dynamic all-wheel-steering is also available from the options list, as is the quattro sport differential which actively distributes drive torque between the rear wheels for maximum cornering adjustability. As usual with Audi models, there's a 'drive select' driving modes system that activates different drive profiles that tweak steering, throttle response, steering feel and ride characteristics. Audi says that this time round, the differentiation between comfort and dynamic options is more pronounced than in the previous model.

Design and Build

With its large surfaces, sharp edges and taut, athletic lines, the second generation A7 Sportback draws inspiration from the Audi prologue concept study that spearheaded the introduction of the latest Audi design language. Like the larger A8 saloon, one of this model's key defining features is a flat light strip which creates a continuous light pattern across the rear. The digital cabin's completely new and very futuristic, with a sleek instrument panel adding to the feeling of airy spaciousness. Compared with the previous model, interior length has increased by 21 millimetres, resulting in more rear knee room. Rear passengers also enjoy more head room. A three-seat rear bench is standard for UK models, and when its backrest is fully stowed, the luggage compartment capacity expands from 535-litres to a generous 1,390-litres. As with the A8, the communications hub of this A7 Sportback is Audi's latest MMI touch response' operating package which is based around 10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower touchscreen displays which appear to blend into the dashboard when switched off. The two large, high resolution touch displays replace the rotary controller and satellite button system used by the previous model. They provide haptic and acoustic feedback as confirmation when a fingertip triggers a function.

Market and Model

Prices square up fairly closely to rival BMW's 6 Series GT and Mercedes Benz CLS models, starting at around £47,000. There's a choice of two trim levels, 'Sport' and 'S line'. The specification is appropriately high, with LED front and rear lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, leather-upholstered seats with full electric adjustment upfront, LED ambient interior lighting and the fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit all supplied as standard. The infotainment set-up is Audi's top 'MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch' system, which features the Audi Smartphone Interface and the Audi Phone Box system, which includes wireless charging for QI-enabled compatible phones. The list of electronic driver assistants features the 'Audi Parking System Plus' set-up with rear-view camera. In addition, you get the Audi Pre-sense Front collision warning and automatic braking system and Lane Departure Warning. 'S line' specification ramps up the visual appeal even further with 20-inch alloy wheels, HD Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators, sport suspension and S line-specific body styling. Inside, the front sport seats are upholstered in leather and Alcantara and there's 'S line'-specific interior detailing.

Cost of Ownership

A core component of the standard technology package fitted to all A7 Sportback models is the mild hybrid drivetrain (MHEV) engineering made possible by the newly introduced 48-volt primary electrical system. At speeds of between 34 and 99mph, it enables the V6 engines to be deactivated and the A7 Sportback to coast in freewheeling mode. The Belt Alternator Starter re-fires the engine smoothly and comfortably after coasting, and is capable of channelling up to 12kW of energy back into the lithium ion battery during recuperative braking. The start-stop function has also been significantly expanded and now activates at 13mph. In combination with the standard front camera, the engine is restarted predictively while at a standstill as soon as the vehicle ahead begins to move. In real-world driving, the MHEV technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres every 62 miles. As a result, the volume 2.0-litre 40 TDI diesel version manages 60.1mpg on the combined cycle and 122g/km of CO2. The 3.0-litre '50 TDI' diesel variant can manage 50.4mpg on the combined cycle when on 19-inch wheels - and a CO2 return of 147g/km. The '45 TDI' derivative delivers 50.4mpg and 147g/km. For the alternative 3.0-litre petrol-powered '55 TFSI' model, the figures on 19-inch wheels are 40.4mpg and 158g/km.

Summary

This second generation Audi A7 Sportback is clearly a car that a massive amount of thought and development budget has been ploughed into. It's a very considered thing, a car which pushes boundaries with its styling and engine technology but which feels reassuringly familiar to drive. The latest model improves the oily bits while at the same time keeping the look fresh and the technology indoors bang up to date. Every part of this car has been designed with a thoroughness that's deeply impressive, if sometimes rather clinical. Of course, the end result is hardly inexpensive - and you'll need to spend plenty on options to fully sharpen its driving manners. Still, if that's not an issue, then you're likely to find this A7 very desirable indeed. It is perhaps the definitive expression of how Audi wants you to perceive its brand. Not all executive decisions should be difficult. Here's one you should enjoy making.

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Driver Convenience
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
Cruise control + speed limiter
Progressive steering
Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
Audi drive select
Audi phone box with wireless charging
Audi smartphone interface
Audi virtual cockpit - 12.3" high resolution LCD digital instrument cluster display
Automatic start/stop system with coasting functionality
Colour driver's information system display
Electric boot release
Hill hold assist
Lane departure warning system
MMI nav plus with MMI touch + 10.1" and 8.6" HD haptic touch screen/3D city models/country information/online map/route info and personal route assist
Operating buttons in black, glass look with haptic feedback
Power operated tailgate
Rear view camera
Service indicator
Voice control system
Entertainment
Audi sound system with 6 channel amplifier, 180 watt amplifying capacity and 10 loudspeakers including subwoofer
Audi music interface - 2 USB ports with charger and data functions
Auxiliary input socket
DAB digital radio module
Exterior Features
Body coloured electrically adjustable heated/folding door mirrors with memory function
HD Matrix LED headlights and dynamic front and rear indicators with coming/leaving home animations
Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
Solid paint
Towbar preparation
Frameless auto dimming rear view mirror
Front and rear electric windows
Headlight washers
Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
High gloss black radiator grille with chrome single frame surround
LED rear lights
Rain and light sensors
Retractable rear spoiler
S line air inlet design with inlay in high gloss black
S line badge on front grille
S Line badge on wings
S Line Black rear diffuser with chrome inlays and rear grille
S Line front and rear bumpers
S Line side skirts
Signature LED daytime running lights
Windscreen with acoustic glazing
Interior Features
2 zone deluxe electronic climate control
Alcantara/Leather upholstery with front sports seats S embossing
Heated front seats
Perforated leather steering wheel with contrast stitching
4-way electric lumbar support
40/20/40 split folding 3 seater rear seat bench with rear centre armrest
Auxiliary heater
Black cloth headlining
Electrically adjustable front seats - driver seat with memory
Front and rear headrests
Front centre armrest
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated sun visors with vanity mirrors
ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation
Leather gear knob
Leatherette upper instrument panel and door shoulders
Luggage compartment
S line front and rear floor mats with contrast stitching
Stainless steel pedals and foot rest
Tool kit and car jack
Packs
LED ambient lighting pack - A7
Non smoking pack - A7
Safety
Audi pre-sense front
Front and rear side airbags with head airbag system
3 point seatbelts on all seats
Driver and passenger airbags
Electromechanical parking brake
Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
Extended pedestrian protection measures
Seatbelt warning
Tyre pressure warning
Warning triangle and first aid kit
wheel loosening detection
Technical
Sports suspension
Trim
Dark matt brushed aluminium inlay
Wheels
20" 5 twin spoke design aluminium alloy wheels
Space saver spare wheel
Security
Anti theft alarm with tow away protection
Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
Immobiliser
Keyless Go
Preparation for tracking system
Remote central locking
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 154
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1984
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 92.8
Engine Code 4KA07YWQS
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb 33.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 32.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 33.6
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 245
Coin Description TFSI Quattro
Coin Series S Line
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 45P
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 9000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 6.2
Engine Power - BHP 245
Engine Power - KW 180
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 273
Engine Torque - MKG 37.7
Engine Torque - NM 370
Engine Torque - RPM 1600
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 255/40 R20
Tyre Size Rear 255/40 R20
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style 5 TWIN SPOKE
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1422
Length 4969
Wheelbase 2926
Width 1908
Width (including mirrors) 2118
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 63
Gross Vehicle Weight 2375
Max. Loading Weight 625
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1750
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.2

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £863.99 p/m £33.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £987.99 p/m £60.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1081.99 p/m £84.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £754.99 p/m £20.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £850.99 p/m £61.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £927.99 p/m £104.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £673.99 p/m £36.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £756.99 p/m £78.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £818.99 p/m £109.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Dynamic all wheel steering £1,950.00
Head up Display £1,450.00
Night vision assistant £2,200.00
Park assist system £400.00
Power door closure £675.00
Entertainment
Audi music interface at rear £175.00
Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System £6,400.00
Bang + Olufsen premium sound system £800.00
Digital TV reception £1,200.00
DVD Player £125.00
Exterior Features
Acoustic glazing for side windows £525.00
Adaptive windscreen wipers with integrated washer jets £375.00
Deletion of engine technology badge at the rear FOC
Deletion of model and technology badge at the rear FOC
Electrically adjustable heated and folding + automatically dimming exterior mirrors with memory function £150.00
Electrically swivelling trailer towing hitch £825.00
HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light £1,150.00
Metallic paint £685.00
Panoramic glass sunroof £1,750.00
Pearlescent paint £685.00
Privacy glass £475.00
Interior Features
3 Spoke flat bottom high multi-function leather steering wheels with shift paddles £375.00
3 spoke high multi-function heated leather steering wheel with shift paddles £200.00
4 zone deluxe automatic climate control £825.00
Heated front and rear seats £400.00
Manual rear window sunblind £150.00
Valcona leather upholstery + front sports seats with S embossing £1,000.00
Packs
City assist pack - A7 £1,375.00
Extended leatherette pack - A7 £375.00
Extended LED Interior multi coloured light pack - A7 £275.00
Full Leather pack - A7 £1,000.00
Storage pack - A7 £100.00
Tour pack - A7 £1,950.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Firmament blue £685.00
Metallic - Floret silver £685.00
Metallic - Glacier white £685.00
Metallic - Mythos black £685.00
Metallic - Tango red £685.00
Metallic - Vesuvius grey £685.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £685.00
Solid - Brilliant black FOC
Solid - Ibis white FOC
Safety
Rear side airbags £475.00
Technical
73 litre fuel tank £115.00
Adaptive air suspension £2,050.00
Suspension with damping control £1,150.00
Trim
Alcantara/leather - Black with rock grey contrast stitching + front sports seats FOC
Alcantara/leather - Rotor grey with anthracite stitching + front sports seats FOC
Fine grain ash natural grey brown inlay £350.00
Valcona leather - Black with rock grey contrast stitching + front sports seats £1,000.00
Valcona leather - Rotor grey with anthracite contrast stitching + front sports seats £1,000.00
Wheels
20" 5 twin spoke V design cast aluminium alloy wheels £150.00
21" 5 V spoke star design alloy wheels in contrasting grey aluminium £900.00
21" 5 V spoke star design aluminium alloy wheels £900.00
* option prices shown are estimated