Mercedes-Benz was the first to offer a racier executive choice with the striking 2004 CLS, but Audi has taken up the idea with most zeal, giving us first the A5 Sportback, a five-door coupé derived from the A4, and then the A7, whose arrival pre-empted the latest generation A6.
The CLS is a saloon and BMW’s 6 Series Gran Coupé is a coventional two-door coupé given a pair of rear doors both come with a boot that opens like any other saloon on the market. The A7, like the A5, is a low-roofed five-door coupé. Indeed, so close is the A7 to the A5 that you could almost consider it a 105.5 percent recreation of the same car, this percentage being the difference in length between them, although the price hike is rather larger. Audi is certainly driving its new models into tight niches these days.
2016 saw the A7 get a light facelift which predominantly focused on interior upgrades and the inclusion of more technology. Only minor tweaks were made to the exterior with new pronounced air inlets and the rear bumper and diffuser being redesigned. Inside there was the inclusion of ambient LED interior lighting, heated front seats and electric lumbar support included to the A7 as standard, while the smartphone integration was added to the optional Techonology Pack.