Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Interior is the A7’s most appealing feature
  • It feels thoroughly modern with bags of tech
  • Quality is outstanding, and it’s easy to get comfy

With the majority of its interior taking inspiration from the A8 luxury saloon, the whole ambience inside the A7 is its best feature. All of the materials used feel solid and expensive, with lashings of soft leather, Alcantara, brushed metal and piano black plastic. Add to that elaborate ambient lighting and, on the face of it, it’s a very appealing set-up that feels very much the interpretation of modern luxury.

Compare it with something like a Mercedes where you can opt for various leather colours and wood trim, it highlights the differences between premium brands. Getting comfortable is easy with electric adjustment for the seats – and the seats themselves are very comfortable and supportive. It’ll be easy to spend a long journey behind the wheel of the A7, although some drivers may find the seat is a little high in some cases.

Haptic screens require some getting used to

The Audi A7 features a special sort of touchscreen that requires a firm push rather than a tap to use, resulting in a clicking sound as if you’ve pressed a physical button rather than a display.

On the whole it is quite satisfying to use – once, that is, you’ve got used to the fact you can’t just touch the area of the screen you want lightly like a normal touchscreen.

While the bright, crisp touchscreens look great, the additional pressure required means it doesn’t take long for the displays to become covered in fingerprints and reflections, and it can be fiddly to use on the move in the absence of a rotary controller. Once you learn where all the functions are on the screens – and in the Virtual Cockpit – it’s easy to use Audi’s latest infotainment system.

Comfort

  • Seat comfort is excellent in the A7
  • Suspension is firm in standard form
  • We’d consider one of the optional set-ups

No matter the A7 you go for – Sport or S Line – you’ll be getting one with an excellent set of seats that are comfortable, supportive and not wanting for adjustment.

While some may find the position is quite high, there’s enough adjustment available to hone the ideal driving position. Those with longer legs will appreciate the extendable thigh pad for extra support.

Most popular S Line models come with 10mm lower sports suspension compared with the Sport, and it’s quite a firm set-up. In some ways it fits with the sharp look of the A7, but in others it doesn’t quite match up to the overall luxurious feel.

Specifying electronically controlled damping could soften things. The car adapts to the road conditions and provides a less jarring experience. However, if you want the most comfortable ride possible, you’ll want the A7 with air suspension.

It’s not cheap though, costing £2,000, but it does transform the way the A7 rides. It floats over bumps rather than crashes into them, and doesn’t demonstrate anywhere near as much of a fidgety feel on uneven surfaces, even when fitted with the largest wheels on offer.

The driving experience doesn’t suffer, as Dynamic mode still offers a good degree of involvement. It also offers a choice of positions – including a ‘lift’ position for poorer surfaces. Road and engine noise are both very well suppressed at speed, which is impressive considering the size of the tyres and how big the front end of the car is.

However, there’s noticeable wind noise around the door mirrors and windows – but this isn’t too surprising as the windows are frameless and feature slightly less insulation than a traditional framed door. It’s never intrusive, though, and the A7 can be a very relaxed car to spend time in.