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Audi A7 RS7 Sportback interior, tech and comfort

2013 - 2018 (change model)
Comfort rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

Written by James Taylor Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Behind the RS7’s flat-bottomed steering wheel is a very nice place to be indeed. Interior fit and finish is superb and there’s plenty of standard equipment.

The huge amount of carbon fibre on the dashboard and centre console is likely to be something you’ll either love or hate but it’s beautifully finished.

A slim digital screen slides out of the dashboard on start-up and includes an excellent satellite navigation system and DAB radio as standard.

Functions on the multimedia system can be accessed via a rotary control on the centre console and while it might take a little while to get familiar with all the various menus and submenus, once you’re used to it it’s an intuitive program to use.

There are lots of RS logos scattered around the cabin to remind you what you’re driving, including emblems on the sumptuous quilted leather sports seats. Alternatively, the interior can be trimmed in part leather and part Alcantara at the same price.

Our test car was fitted with the standard sports seats in quilted leather and they felt superbly comfortable and supportive. Less heavily contoured ‘Comfort’ seats are available as an alternative at no extra cost, however.

Whichever seat type you go for, it’ll be powered by electric motors with a broad range of adjustment. The steering column adjusts electrically too, and it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position. Although the view through the windscreen is good, it’s hard to judge the car’s extremities and you’re often conscious of the car’s width – and the eminently kerb-able nature of its large wheels – when negotiating city streets.

For optimum in Audi RS7 comfort levels, you’re probably best sticking to the standard 20-inch rims although our test car featured the enormous optional 21-inch wheels and still rode well on uneven roads, especially with ‘Comfort’ mode selected on the Audi Drive Select menu. Choosing ‘Dynamic’ mode makes it far firmer.

Four-zone automatic air conditioning is standard and the wide cabin means plenty of space between the driver and passenger.