Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy an Audi A7?

Yes, if you want to make a statement, and love tech. The Audi A7 is an interesting car, mating the underpinnings of the Audi A6 saloon with a swooping, dramatic body up top. It’s a very desirable package, and luckily it’s also one that’s backed up by a strong portfolio of engines and impressive levels of sophisticated technology.

Despite the glamorous looks, the A7’s still very practical, with four doors and a big boot. In fact, the hatchback opening arguably makes it even more suitable for large loads than the A6 saloon on which it’s based – flip down the folding rear seats and it’s ready for any trip to a flat-pack furniture store.

Opting for one of the diesel options seems the smart choice on paper, and for high-mileage drivers it will definitely work out the more cost-effective. But it’s actually the powerful plug-in that offers the lowest BIK costs (12%) for company car drivers. So if you don’t cover huge distances daily it could be worth looking into this model. It's worth remembering that the plug-in has a 25-mile electric-only range. So if your commute is less than this, you won't be filling up with petrol much.

For those who really must have the top-of-the-range model, there’s always the S7. Utilising a powerful diesel engine may not be the most obvious route for a performance car to take, but it’s resulted in a very effective mile-muncher.

Driving an A7 involves plenty of technology – it’s swift and comfortable, but hardly involving. Still, plenty of motorists will enjoy the sheer level of clever equipment on offer. For safety and entertainment tech, the A7 is one of the best. The Mercedes-Benz CLS does offer a slightly warmer ambiance, though, and is arguably more stylish than the A7 – an important factor when you’re opting for a slinky coupe over an upright saloon.

Buying an A7 will be easy thanks to plenty of dealerships, and regardless of trim level every model is well equipped – though it can be very tempting to add more from the options list, at a steep cost. While we’d suggest driving a Mercedes-Benz CLS and even a Porsche Panamera, the Audi A7 is a strong choice for tech junkies as well as those who want to cover big mileages in comfort.

Further reading

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