2018 Audi A7 Walk Around

Even though the A7 design is starting to age, this low, sloping-roof premium hatchback remains as enticing as it was in 2010. Mercedes-Benz might have been first with the basic design principle, but Audi’s version has held up particularly well.

Viewed up front, differences between the A7 and its more conventional A6 companion are modest but noticeable. Naturally, the foremost divergence between the two body styles centers on the roofline. Not only is the roof lower than usual, it tapers into a graceful fastback profile, leading to a sharp back end. A small spoiler is set to rise at higher speeds, ready to enhance downforce.


Like its still-enchanting exterior, the A7’s cabin has aged comfortably and effortlessly. Up front, as least, the down-to-business interior differs little from that of the A6 sedan.

Front occupants get comfortable seats as well as an upscale aura. Even the base-model A7 is well-equipped and feels elegant, helped by abundant leather and attractive wood trim.

Because of the A7/S7 roofline, back-seat riders can expect to feel a bit constricted. Headroom is greater in the A6 sedan than in the shapely A7 hatchback. Adults fit easily into the outboard rear seats, but only if they’re not especially tall. Scallops cut into the rear of the front seatbacks help with leg space, but getting in and out of the back seat may be a challenging task.

Despite the sloping roof, larger items fit readily into the cargo area. Folding down the rear seats eases loading of longer items.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all models. So is an inductive, wireless charging pad. Audi’s MMI infotainment system is easy enough to use and reasonably intuitive, employing a control knob and touchpad rather than a touchscreen. The high-resolution LCD screen rises from the center. Audi’s navigation system ranks among the best.

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