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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

An Audi A7 Sportback in any trim is a veritable feast on the eyes, but if you opt for the S-Line you get excellent upholstery and rather nice aluminium details. There’s also a very modern wood effect that looks very modern and avant garde. The array of instruments is dizzying and it can be rather distracting. You have to be pretty precise about what you are doing when using the Audi Drive select system and be even more careful when you want to change the climate control settings because you have to use Audi's centrally controlled MM1 system.

Anything that needs changing requires a glance at the navigation screen so you must be careful not to take your eyes off the road too long. Thankfully, there's the new head-up display that tells you your speed, the speed limit and warns you when you are getting too close to the car in front. The sound system is excellent and qualitywise, there’s absolutely nothing to complain about: it all looks fantastically robust and it’s stylish as well.

Audi A7 Sportback comfort is simply sublime. The ride is pretty near perfect and although it may be on the firm side in the dynamic mode, you can only blame yourself for that because you asked for it. In auto it blends the perfect balance between cornering ability and a compliant, comfortable ride. The seats are beautifully made and they offer enough low-down and lateral support to make long journeys easily bearable.

It’s also ridiculously quiet in the cabin: the engine noise has been well suppressed in all 3.0-litre versions and there’s almost no trace of wind or road noise at any speeds. If there is any complaint, it’s that the engine sound on the 3.0-litre TFSI has been suppressed too much.