Audi launches new A7 Sportback

A winning combination of coupé design, sedan space and wagon versatility.

“The best of three worlds”, so says Audi of its new A7 Sportback, pointing to a winning combination of coupé design, sedan space and wagon versatility.

A 3.0-litre, 210kW/620Nm turbo diesel variant is coming in 2019, but the focus of the new model launch out of Brisbane was solely on the 3.0-litre, 250kW/500Nm turbo petrol variant. Under Audi’s new model nomenclature, the pair is designated the 50 TDI and 55 TFSI respectively.  

Mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission, the 3.0 TFSI is both punchy and meaty, delivering peak power between 5000 and 6400rpm with peak torque kicking in at 1370rpm and staying true until 4500rpm. 0-100km/h is a claimed 5.3 seconds; fuel consumption (ADR combined cycle) 7.3 litres/100km. In combination with the S tronic, the quattro drivetrain uses efficient ultra technology (Audi speak) that activates rear-wheel drive as needed.

Compared to its predecessor, the new A7’s interior has grown in length by 21 millimetres, with more head and knee room for rear seat passengers. The luggage compartment has a base size of 535 litres and can be expanded up to 1390 litres with the backrests folded down.

There’s a plethora of creature comforts and inventory of new tech – too much to detail here – but mention must be made of the MHEV (mild hybrid) system. Based on a 48-volt primary electrical system and a belt alternator starter (BAS) generating up to 12 kilowatts of recuperation power, MHEV gives the A7 the ability to coast with the engine off over a wide speed range and then restart smoothly via the BAS, boosting fuel saving and emissions reducing efficiency.  

Unfortunately, we can’t tell you how the standard ($131,900 + on-road costs) A7 performs because both vehicles we drove at launch were well optioned out. The Glacier White example came with $8000 Premium plus Package and other add-ons that included adaptive air suspension, 21-inch alloys, panoramic glass sunroof, privacy glass, extended upholstery package, four-zone climate control, and LED colour interior lighting package.

The $150,200 (+ on-road costs) Daytona grey example had all that plus an exclusive black exterior styling package and Dynamic steering package (all-wheel steer and variable ratio steering).

Both cars drove with impressive refinement. No surprise, given the optional air suspension, that the ride quality was – in a word – plush. And NVH levels were whisper quiet, even out on typical Queensland back road coarse chip bitumen.

We look forward to bringing you a more comprehensive road test evaluation in due course.