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How do you say good day to probably the most technologically superior automobiles on sale at the moment? Properly, to welcome Audi’s new A7 to the Auto Specific fleet and to completely perceive all the superior equipment on board, I went to my native Audi seller to choose up ‘my’ new automobile and get an intensive briefing on the way it all works.
That native storage is Watford Audi, the place I used to be greeted on arrival by gross sales government Gareth King. Though Audi hasn’t at all times carried out that nicely in our Driver Energy seller survey (the German agency’s franchises completed 15th out of 26 manufacturers in our most up-to-date rundown), Gareth operated with all the slick professionalism you’d count on from an Audi gross sales individual – even after I had somewhat tech hiccup.
We went by means of the instance digital specification course of, including the choices and extras that might carry our automobile’s £58,155 listing value as much as the £77,045 complete as examined. All tremendous there. Nevertheless, when organising the myAudi smartphone app that grants entry to your automobile and a few of its features through your cellular, there was a slight snag with my system.
After some head-scratching, I used to be despatched away with a code that – as soon as my telephone had been refreshed – fortunately labored. The Audi MMI Join system is yet one more app you should use, permitting you to ship sat-nav locations to your automobile remotely, verify remaining vary and even lock or unlock the car. It’s all actually intelligent stuff.
There was extra to soak up following a full rundown of the A7’s options within the handover bay, although. The 12.Three-inch Digital Cockpit is acquainted from different fashions, however just like the new A8 flagship limousine, it’s a better decision right here and works fantastically. It’s one of many greatest advances in infotainment we’ve seen and works nicely with the opposite twin-screen set-up.
Each are HD touchscreens and get haptic suggestions. The primary is 10.1 inches and controls the multimedia; it’s straightforward to make use of and conveniently positioned. The second is eight.6 inches and options the local weather controls. It isn’t as nicely situated, forcing you to drop your eyeline from the street to function it, however I’m discovering that with familiarity it’s turning into extra intuitive. The fingerprints and glare the shiny shows entice aren’t bettering, although.
Different choices embody an upgraded Bang & Olufsen stereo as a part of the £1,895 Consolation and Sound Pack that produces an important, highly effective sound, helped by the automobile’s refinement (non-compulsory acoustic glazing improves this, too).
The 282bhp Three.Zero-litre V6 50 TDI unit is clean and powerful, and makes use of 48-volt mild-hybrid know-how in a bid to spice up effectivity as nicely. After a number of lengthy runs I’m attaining a powerful 40.2mpg up to now.
Much less convincing than the engine is the eight-speed field. It’s a match for the motor for refinement, because of clean shifts, however on the motorway it’s both sluggish to kick down or with a prod of the throttle drops two or three gears after which takes off. I hope it’ll study my driving fashion over time, or vice-versa, and issues will begin to enhance.
I’m nonetheless within the throws of acquainting myself with the Audi, although, so a lot of its superior options are novel and lots of are already proving to soften into the background if you don’t want them, delivering precisely what you need if you need it. Take the £1,900 dynamic all-wheel steering. That’s some huge cash, however given the A7 is sort of 5 metres lengthy, it makes manoeuvring in tight areas no more durable than in a household hatch, plus it boosts agility at low pace.
I’ve bought loads of lengthy journeys deliberate over the summer season, so I count on the automobile’s refinement and luxury to come back to the fore. For now, I’m dazzled by the tech, backed up with an easy-to-use interface.
*Insurance coverage quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old dwelling in Banbury, Oxfordshire, with three penalty factors.