Lauded in some circles as the world’s most beautiful production car, Audi’s A7 Sportback model and its feisty RS7 iteration perfectly blend premium with punch and practicality. Dramatic but elegant, the magic’s really in the details.
The A7’s one heck of a beast alone, but you may be considering its pumped-up sibling, despite the heftier price tag. Here, we take a look at what more you get for your money - to see if the RS7 is really worth it.
Supreme exterior styling
The RS7 cranks up the aesthetic with its black honeycomb grille complete with RS7 logo, a bulging bonnet, powerfully accentuated arches and gaping air inlets. Though you’d expect all of that from any Audi, of course.
Compared with the A7, the RS7 boasts a sportier rear spoiler and elegant titanium finishes from front to back. It also features Audi’s iconic twin oval exhausts and spectacular 20” alloys, and you’ll get privacy glass as standard.
An interior to match
Audi’s contemporary interiors are nothing short of works of art. From their finely tailored, quilted and comfortable leather seats to Audi’s revered MMI infotainment interface; and the superb optional Bang & Olufsen sound system.
While both models come with all the quality Audi features you’d expect, such as Deluxe 4-zone automatic air conditioning and a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, the RS7 does indeed come with its perks.
You can expect specialised RS sports seating, in a stitched honeycomb design and with driver’s side memory function – and carbon inlays. But what really makes the RS7’s interior stand out is the ambient lighting package, which quite literally shows off all of these quality features in a whole different light.
Technology that goes above and beyond
Each and every Audi update puts these remarkable cars at the forefront of driver safety, from the night vision assistant and active lane assist, to pre-sense basic and adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go. The RS7’s fresh offering comes with a couple of extra safety measures, such as anti-slip regulation and anti-lock brake system.
And since both models come kitted out with refreshingly clever MMI Touch control, on-board Wi-Fi and rear seat entertainment options, they’re perfect for keeping children and adults besotted. But if you’d like to go one step further; the head-up display – which projects real-time information onto the windscreen in the driver’s field of vision – is a standout feature of the RS7.
Endless engine options
The trio of 3.0 TDI diesel variations forming the A7’s engine lineup are gems, each delivering impressive levels of power, alongside surprisingly low CO2 emissions and great fuel economy. 218 - 320PS is met with remarkably low CO2 figures of between 122 and 167g/km, depending on which option you go for.
Inevitably, the RS7 manages to deliver an industry-shattering level of power; the two engine options deliver either 560 or 605PS, sprinting to 62mph in as little as 3.9 seconds. Of course, the price for this is slightly reduced fuel economy and higher CO2 emissions – at 221g/km.
|Power (PS)||218 - 320||560 - 605|
Fuel (comb MPG)
|44.8 – 60.1||29.7|
|Top Speed (mph)||155||155 (up to 190 with dynamic package)|
|0 – 60mph in…. (seconds)||4.7 – 5.1||3.9|
Prices for the immensely stylish A7 Sportback with its economical diesel engines start at £48,045, while drivers seeking supreme performance matched with hatchback practicality should opt for the RS7, priced from £87,610.