2011 Audi A7 Sportback Review
Audi A7 is the newest jaw-dropping model, available in petrol V6 or diesel gauges. It has arrived in the beginning of 2011. When you are paying an amount of around $142,750, you want the best.
And you should! The price of the newest Audi may go up to about $200,000, by the time you decide to take it outside the showroom, according to the adjustments made. The basic ($142,750 priced) model includes suspension (adaptive), basic accident avoidance system, 18-inch wheels and satnav. However, you will get two sets of 19-inch wheels in the supercharged model. The basic model also has its adaptive headlights (xenon, which can be upgraded to LED).
Arriving under the design canopy of the A7, it naturally gives off the Audi feel. It has the build of an Audi, but the rear squat does not shout ‘winner’. Its interior is coated with (as expected!) top grade leather, or wood, or aluminum finish. In the looks department, A7 scores as one of the sleekest (sleeker than A6) and lowest models the organization has ever built.
The car is designed to accommodate four individuals, but unlike the frontal two seats, the rear seat is not sculpted. It is in the form of a bench. The advantage with this design is that there is space for a 5th individual to carry along, but on the disadvantage side, there is no seatbelt in the middle portion of the rear bench. Though Audi claims to design and release five seat-models when the need and demand for such rises.
The A7 seven model technology leaves a general mark. The folding satnav screen offers various options for infotainment, including all being in touchpad. The list also boasts of its Bluetooth connectivity to phones and music players, playing with the help of the 14 speakers of Bose (with surround sound). The Stop-start fuel saver function is teamed with seven-speed automatic clutch.
Are you safe?
Technology will be enough, in this car, to save your day. It has, as mentioned above, first class headlights, along with which there’s a pre-safe system (can be upgraded to full auto-braking) and an optional choice for night vision with pedestrian recognition. Then there’s the list of airbags. There’re airbags for the two front-passengers, whereas the side airbags for all and a special curtain airbag.
Other safety-related technologies include tyre pressure monitoring, anti-lock brakes, parking sensors and electronic lock. The parking sensors are coupled with reversing camera.
The suspension (with an option for adaptation) offers a nice ride and a good body control. Switching sides, and firing smoothly out of the corners will give you no headache (except a little flash in the electronic system). The handling and the roll control offers a nice balance and feels lighter than it should.
The tyre noise may have your ears for a while, but you would get adjusted with it (and accept this minor downside).
Audi A7 may be rated (in a scale of 100) above 80. It is a nicely built cruiser, and offers more than what might be expected off it.