Audi has always had something of a knack for giving its larger cars interiors that exude material quality and, true to form, that trend continues with the new A7.
It’s by no means a cabin that leaps out and grabs you with a combination of bright colours or uniquely shaped fixtures but instead relies on a far more monochrome palette to convey its upmarket appeal. Cool silvers, brushed metal and gloss black panelling are the primary shades here, while Audi’s new MMI Navigation Plus dual-screen communications hub dominates the centre of the dashboard.
It’s an effective approach, for sure – you wouldn’t mistake the A7 for anything other than a premium product – but is it characterful or stimulating? Not particularly. Still, there’s no faulting its usability.
The larger, 10.1in upper screen is used to operate the vast majority of the vehicle’s features – think satellite navigation, radio, media connectivity and vehicle settings – and the lower 8.7in screen is primarily used to adjust the heating and ventilation.
There can be no denying the visual appeal of the system – the graphics are clear and easy to read, and there’s very little in the way of lag – but the need to apply a fair amount of pressure to the screen when touching an icon did serve as a cause of frustration to our testers. Still, haptic and acoustic feedback make the process more informative and are particularly helpful when operating the system on the move.
Audi’s Virtual Cockpit comes as standard, replacing traditional analogue dials with a 12.3in screen. Buttons on the steering wheel can be used to bring up mapping info, make calls and more.
The front seats are plenty comfortable and, thanks to generous bolstering, do a good job of holding you in place while on the move. They’re impressively adjustable, too, as is the steering wheel, which accommodates modifications to its rake and reach.
As for those in the rear, the extension of the A7’s wheelbase means the overall interior length has been increased by 21mm, ultimately resulting in a greater amount of leg room in the second row. Sat behind a taller driver, adults will find their knees aren’t in any great danger of coming into contact with the front seat, and head room isn’t compromised by the coupé-style roofline, either. A large transmission tunnel does render the middle seat largely useless for anyone other than children, mind.