The Audi A7 Sportback is the kind of car that places many eggs in the technology basket and there are a few optional features that have captured our attention.
One feature that would break your heart if it missed from your A7's configuration is the Bang & Olufsen audio system. This makes the also optional Bose hardware easy to forget. The thing we appreciate the most is the clarity, but the 1,200 Watts provided via the 15 speakers are not a thrill too. And the icing on this audiophile's cake are the two acoustic lens speakers that pop up from the dash.
And if comfort is what you seek most, make sure you won't miss the ventilation and massage functions for the front seats. Each occupant receives 10 individual cells to take care of his or her back.
When it comes to the rear passengers, you'll have to upgrade to the A8 if you truly want to show them respect. However, you can order a four-zone climate control system, so that each of them gets a red-and-blue knob to control the temperature.
Audi's A7 Sportback is also a collection of active safety technologies. We shall start with the night vision, which, like the competitor's systems. this offers a pedestrian recognition function. The feature relies on the display in the instrument cluster to show the outer world to the driver.
Nevertheless, when considering the value and everyday usability, the head-up display is a more reasonable option. The only drawback comes from its housing, which looks like a piece of plastic that was glued to the top of the dashboard after the car left the factory. In the end, this problem fades away if we think about the advantages brought by the system.
As far as practicality is concerned, we'll note that while the A7 can be fitted with a full-size spare wheel, Audi also offers runflat tires as an option.
From this point on, we were about to talk about features such as active cruise control and lane assist. However, we can't say that we're impressed by such options on a vehicle like the A7. The reason for this comes from within the Volkswagen Group, which has gifted the much humbler VW Golf 7 with similar goodies.Continue reading