Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy an Audi RS 7 Sportback

Considering just how much we like the standard Audi A7, it should come as no surprise that we highly rate a more powerful, driver-focused version of it. It’s tech heavy, but beautifully built inside, looks striking, and goes extremely well, while sounding just how a muscle car should. Combine all of this with its undoubtedly practical package - five seats and a large boot - and you’re on to a winner.

We can’t give it a complete thumbs-up until we know what the price, CO2 and fuel consumption figures are, but on the basis of some demanding mixed driving on our first encounter, it’s going to be tough not to recommend it. And that’s saying a lot considering the strength of the opposition. If you’re after the ultimate driving thrills and precision-fit interior, though, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S tops it, but it’s considerably more expensive at £140,000-plus.

It’s fast, comfortable, sounds great and has agile handling. The Mercedes-AMG GT 4 door offers more excitement, though, and is arguably more stylish than the A7 – an important factor when you’re opting for a coupe over a posh fast saloon. So, the Audi RS 7 is an enticing choice for performance lovers who don’t want to shout too much about their car. The big question is whether you’d want one over the brilliant estate-bodied RS 6 Avant. Now, that’s a tough decision to make.

 Audi RS 7 Sportback side view