It was always going to be tough to replace the first-gen Audi A7. That car was great looking, fun to drive and more exciting than your average Audi A6. Now, though, the Audi A7 has moved upmarket and it’s gotten even better looking. So at first glance, it’d seem like an upgrade. But what’s it like for the long haul, to actually own for a long period of time? Auto Express recently took on the heavy burden of finding out.
We mentioned that the A7 has now moved upmarket and that’s something to remember. The first-gen Audi A7 was more of a sportier, more stylish alternative to the Audi A6. This new A7 is more of a stylish and practical alternative to the Audi A8. So it loses some of that sporty edge of the first-gen car and replaces it with a more upscale cabin and more comfort.
According to Auto Express, the A7 is very comfortable, especially on the optional air suspension. Though, their tester’s 20-inch wheels do make it a bit brittle over potholes. So if you leave near bad road surfaces, stick with 18-inchers. Still, the A7 does a great job of smoothing out bumps and isolating passengers from wind and road noise. In fact, the cabin is near whisper-quiet, making it a serene place to chew up miles.
Don’t think that means it’s a boat to drive. It’s actually surprisingly composed and nimble for its size. It’s not sports car but it will hustle if you ask it to. Its steering is light but accurate, its front end bites hard and its four-wheel steering setup really tightens up the agility on a very big, very long car.
Overall, Auto Express gave the Audi A7 4.5 out of 5 stars. So clearly, they liked it quite a bit. It’s not perfect and it’s not cheap but it’s a fantastic luxury car with great style, some decent handling and a practical trunk. For the money, it’s hard to beat.