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Audi A7 verdict

2018 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 54.3

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 23 August 2023

Should you buy one?

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.

Opting for one of the diesel engines seems the smart choice on paper, and for high-mileage drivers it will definitely work out to be more cost-effective.

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.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS does offer a slightly warmer ambiance, though, and is arguably more stylish than the A7. While the Porsche Panamera is sharper and more fun to drive.

What we like

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. Plenty of motorists will enjoy the sheer level of clever equipment on offer too.

What we don’t like

While A7s are fast, they’re hardly involving to drive. The interior, while beautifully put together, feels a bit old compared with more modern cars. And there’s no fully electric version. Oh, and options can get very pricey very quickly.