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Rivals

Audi A7 Sportback (10-18)

4 out of 5 4.0

There is an expression that car manufacturers will frequently use in order to, well, flog their wares and now it has descended into language abuse. It’s the word ‘sporty’, and never was it repeated more than at the launch of the Audi A7 Sportback: you could have called ‘house’ in no more than a couple of minutes of playing a spot of ‘sporty’ bingo... read more

PROS

Huge amounts of grip, refined petrol and diesel engines, excellent build quality, frugal diesel

CONS

Not real fun to drive, poor rear-seat headroom, rearward visibility compromised, numb steering feel, only four seats

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a little late to the party. Since 2005 Mercedes-Benz has had a monopoly on the four-door premium coupe market with its CLS, and the sales success the firm has enjoyed has been clear for all to see. Since then Audi has jumped in on the act with its A7 Sportback, and there’s also upper-class four-door competition in the... read more

PROS

Excellent ride, relatively frugal diesel engine, striking looks

CONS

Unlikely to get discount, pointless middle rear-seat, 20-inch wheels slightly compromise ride

Porsche Panamera

4.4 out of 5 4.4

This is the second generation of the Porsche Panamera, the German sports car maker’s luxury saloon. Well, Porsche refers to it as a saloon, but strictly speaking, it’s a five-door coupe with a hatchback to access the boot. All-new from the ground up, it now offers an even more rounded blend of high-performance driver enjoyment and luxury saloon... read more

PROS

  • Very fast, luxury travel
  • High-tech, comfortable cabin
  • Cutting-edge driving technology
  • Refined but exciting to drive

CONS

  • More space in conventional saloons
  • Budget extra to buy options