The cabin of the Audi A7 Sportback somehow mirrors the exterior in terms of design language. The interior of the A7 abounds in flowing elements. The most obvious one is an arch
that goes from the driver's door panel, throughout the dashboard, to the front passenger's door. This allows the dashboard to seem like it's wrapped around the front passengers.
The driver is treated with an instrument panel that managed to please us all by itself. This offers the impression of a three-dimensional area, with the speedometer and the rev counter being angled towards the driver information display
in the center.
The two dials are an example of functionality and they're flanked by curved LED strips that indicate the fuel level and engine temperature. As for the aforementioned display that sits in between, this is huge, going up to 7 inches when you're generous with the options.
And the Audi A7 Sportback has an elegant way of greeting its master - once the ignition is switched on, a 6.5-inch display
rises from the middle of the dash. After the drama of the moment is gone, you'll notice that its size and resolution make it extremely pleasant to use, whether for choosing a driving mode or for using the navigation.
The layout is obviously driver-orientated, while the thick center console gives the impression of force even before leaving the parking lot. There are plenty of buttons everywhere, which serves the ergonomics right and there's even a touch pad that has rather entertaining functions.
This pad is placed in the proximity of the elongate-shaped gear shifter. When you're using the radio, it displays a numeric keyboard, so that you can select the stations you had previously saved.
Use the MMI controller
in front of the armrest to switch to the navigation and the pad allows you to exercise your handwriting. You can rely on it to "draw" the first letter of your destination. You get used to the interface in no time and then start wondering why you can't find one in every car.
So far, so good, but there's no trick we haven't also seen in the A6. Do not worry though, the A7 has some original moves for its cabin. The car's interior feels more refined than that of the A6 thanks to its layout.
This is a low and long machine and you sense it from the moment you get in. You feel more cocooned than in the A6, both up front and in the back. And while the A6 can seat five, albeit more in theory than in real life, the A7 makes it clear that it only caters to four.
Speaking of the seats
, the optional comfort units on our test car were truly impressive. Their appearance didn't offer too many hints about this, but they proved to be one of the most ergonomic and comfortable places we've ever spent a test drive in.
The notion of "coupe" usually comes with a price in terms of luggage space, but comparing the A7 with the A6 proves that this isn't always true. At 18.9 cu. ft. (535 L) the A7 Sportback slightly outperforms the A6. And if we fold the seat backs, the A7 can accommodate 49 cu. ft. (1,390 L) of luggage, a respectable value even when compared to the A6 Avant's 59.3 cu. ft. (1,680 L).Continue reading