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Hot Car: Audi A7

The latest addition to the Audi clan ticks all the right boxes when it comes to good looks, power and luxury. HL’s motoring writer Francois Pretorius took it for a spin and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Here, we sum up a few of the features that make this new arrival a superb choice... The new Audi A7 Sportback has it all when it comes to looks. This five-door coupé has a sporty body that only complements its power on the road. You’ll notice a lovely, smooth new design line that makes the A7 an absolute knock-out. New to the Audi family is its innovative all-weather lighting that forms part of the headlights, providing improved visibility in foggy conditions. The interior mimics the sophisticated finish of the exterior. If you’re a perfectionist at heart, you’ll love the attention to detail. The carefully crafted workmanship is noticeable at first glance, from the comfy seats and fully-equipped control panel near the front, through to the leather-panelled doors and spacious boot at the back. The central design element is the elegant wrap-around horizontal line around the driver and passenger-seats, creating a cocoon of security. If it's luxury you expect, there are several exciting elements to look forward to. The electrically adjustable, ergonomically sculpted seats which are covered in fine Milano leather hide are certainly one of our favourites. However, the Audi A7 isn’t just a pretty face. Underneath all those smouldering looks is a lot of practicality that makes this vehicle extremely user-friendly and reliable. The generous boot offers ample room for your luggage, as does the added storage space you’ll get when you fold back the rear seat backrests. So we won’t blame you for being tempted to drive rather than fly the next time you head off on holiday! The tailgate also opens and shuts at the push of a button, keeping things nice and simple. Of course, safety is something the brand never compromises upon. The car is kitted out with standard ABS brakes, electromechanical power steering, bi-Xenon headlights and LED tail lights, active counter-steering assistance, very handy park and lane assist functions, as well as night vision assistant. And because you can never be safe enough, Audi is also offering other optional safety systems for its fans. The Audi pre-sense safety system, for example, can reduce the severity of accidents and their consequences. It also boasts the latest use of technology, making your experience on the road that much more pleasure-filled. The A7 contains numerous aluminium components, promising a lightweight body. The results are smooth travel and radically reduced noise levels in the interior. Other important specs of the Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI q S tronic include:

  • A seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox
  • Two V6 engines,  one supercharged petrol and the other high-tech turbodiesel
  • Combined-cycle fuel consumption: 6,0 litres/100 km
  • CO2 emissions rating: 158 g/km
  • 0-100 km/h in just 6,5 seconds
  • Top speed of 250 km/h
  • Price tag: R717 000
This car comes with all the bells and whistles, so all your expectations of exclusivity and excellence are guaranteed to be met, if not exceeded. Our motoring writer, Francois Pretorius, sums it up saying, “I now get the A7. It is a particularly impressive machine and it definitely challenges the bigger and more luxurious models with some serious enthusiasm. With space in abundance and good build quality, it gets the thumbs up from us.” Photo credit: