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2017 Audi A7 Walk Around

In a world of sports sedans that blend together, the A7 stands apart, based upon its sleek coupe-like body design. Simply put, it’s a midsize hatchback with an especially shapely back end. Essentially a reaction to the coupe-like Mercedes-Benz CLS sedan Benz, plus a few other hatchback contenders, the A7 is one of the most elegantly beautiful cars to be found on any road.

Leading off at the familiar front end, Audi’s signature LED headlights flank a single-frame grille. Looking only at the front half of the car, the A7 hatchback is almost identical to the A6 sedan. Moving toward the rear, the sloping roof creates the sleek fastback profile that attracts enthusiastic attention.

Interior

Within the roomy cabin, high-tech modernity joins a beguiling blend of sensual design and luxury features, following a theme adapted from Audi’s flagship A8 sedan. Elegant trim and materials accompany a wide, horizontally laid-out dashboard, resulting in a rather businesslike appearance.

The steering wheel is offset a bit, while the instrument panel angles toward the driver, helping to create the feel of a cockpit.

Four adults can ride in comfort, and a fifth might squeeze in. Front seats are especially roomy and comfortable, built with top-quality materials and offering multiple adjustments to suit a variety of occupants. They’re also nicely bolstered and supportive.

Taller back-seat riders might be short of head clearance and legroom, due in part to the A7’s sleekly sloped roofline, especially if a panoramic sunroof is installed. Scallops built into the headliner provide a little extra head space.

Audi’s MMI, which includes navigation, is quick-acting and appealing to use. A pop-up LCD ahead of the driver can display Google Earth data, along with driving directions.

Although the hatchback body style beats a sedan’s trunk for cargo-carrying capacity, the space is shallow, with height limited by the shapely lid. Back seats may be folded flat to add more volume.

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