First thing you notice when you step inside the cockpit of the 2017 Audi A7 Sportback – features on cars at this level are pretty standard. But remember it’s a damn high standard. BMW 640i, the Porsche Panamera, the Mercedes Benz CLS 550 – the brotherhood (or sisterhood) of sleek, four-door sexy sedans like these are impossible to disappoint.
In all our years driving Audi cars, however, these are consistently in a class by themselves.
The test model for our May drive was glacier white. Optional features installed included aluminum/black beaufort oak inlay (very classy), heads-up display (a personal favourite feature, where the driver keeps track of speed and direction in a display at eye level on the windshield), Bang + Olufsen advanced sound system (doesn’t get any better), full driver assistance package (a “must” for long highway drives – we headed up to Collingwood) and multi-contour front seats (another “must” for long driving comfort), among others.
Total price for the test model, with all the features, was $100,245. Again, pretty standard, when compared to other German-engineered cars in this class. A drive to Collingwood, up the 400, in a luxury vehicle like this punts away all those city toxins. This should be a doctor prescription for every CGOC member – get out of the city boundaries, to the north, anywhere where there’s an open, rustic, outdoor setting, to re-charge. Even if it’s just for a lunch.
With the Audi A7, a refreshed design gives it charisma – dynamic, newly redesigned “singleframe” grille, sleeker bumpers. The hatchback (plenty of storage space) melds nicely with the elegant front end of the car. Go with the S line Sport package and the 20-inch 5-twin-spoke matte titanium wheels for a real statement-maker.
The exterior’s high-tech aluminum construction translates into low cabin noise, accentuating even further the Bang + Olufsen sound system experience. For safety – the MMI (Audi’s Multi-Media Interface) touch pad next to the car’s armrest enables the driver to operate the navigation system, enter a telephone number or work the media playback while keeping your eyes on the road.
Then there’s the power under the hood – 3.0 liter, V-6, 333 horsepower, 8-speed automatic transmission, Quattro all-wheel drive. So climb in, close the door, press the automatic start button, and up pops the entertainment console.
No stress allowed.
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Article by Mark Keast, RE:LUXE Magazine
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