The 2016 A7’s familiar face cloaks big upgrades

Audi A7 Sportback

As with A6, so with A7: Audi has devoted tremendous effort to updating its spacious five-door coupe, which is now even more powerful and attractive – thanks to new engine configurations, new transmissions, new headlights, taillights and new infotainment systems. It combines the emotional appeal and sportiness of a coupe with the comfort of a sedan and the functional benefits of a wagon.

When the A7 debuted in 2010, Audi was already a design leader, embracing an athletic and elegant aesthetic. Its long hood, flowing C-pillars, and the sharply dropping rear end create a dynamic impression. The most striking changes to the 2016 model are to the Singleframe grille, bumpers, tailpipes and headlights – both of which feature LED technology to create a distinctive arrowhead design, front and rear.

The body of the new Audi A7 Sportback remains a mix of aluminum and high-tech steel. It is extraordinarily lightweight and delivers a quiet, comfortable ride, with a cargo space that grows from a base capacity of 535 L to 1,390 L when the rear seat backs are folded down.

The sporty style of the exterior is echoed inside, where the dominant element is the horizontal line surrounding the driver and passenger. New interior materials, including an aluminum/Beaufort walnut inlay and Valcona leather, are impressive for their finish. The color palette has been redesigned, offering five new colour options.

Confident and relaxed to drive, the new A7 offers front seats that can be optionally equipped with ventilation and massage functions. An optional head-up display projects all important information onto the windshield.

Underneath, the chassis also combines sporty precision with comfort. The power steering features electromechanical assistance for high efficiency, and the Audi Drive Select system is standard.

The new A7 Sportback leads the competition in terms of infotainment. The top system, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, boasts the latest generation of the modular infotainment system; its highlight is a powerful graphics processor from Audi’s partner Nvidia. Touchpad control lets the driver scroll and zoom in lists and maps.

Driver assistance systems – including adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, an improved night vision assistant, and the Audi pre sense safety system – are also state-of-the-art. Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist work closely together to make lane changes even safer.

The new A7 is in our showrooms now. We’d love to take you for a test drive.

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