What is it?
The idea of a five-door coupe is a bit of an odd one, if only because by definition it seems to be a touch oxymoronic. Say the word “coupe”, after all, and the image you’ll likely conjure is one of a car with just two doors.
However, since the original Mercedes-Benz CLS rocked up on the scene back in 2004, the practice of taking a regular saloon, giving it a swooping roofline and labelling it a coupe has caught on in a big way. So much so that there’s now such a thing as an SUV coupe. Who’d have thought?
This latest four-door coupe you see before you is the second-generation Audi A7 Sportback, which has been totally redesigned from the ground up to take on the new version of the CLS. We’ve already tried this particular model - the 50 TDI quattro - out in South Africa, but now we’re putting it to the test back on British roads for the first time.
For those of you who maybe haven’t quite fathomed out Audi’s perplexing new naming structure (this tester is one such person), “50 TDI” means this A7 is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel that sends its 282bhp and 457lb ft of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a 335bhp V6 petrol - badged 55 TFSI - available from launch, although the oil-burner is expected to account for the lion’s share of UK sales.