Audi A7 Competition – Quick Drive

Out of the range of cars driven over the course of the day, the A7 Competition was one of the most intriguing. Having read about and seen/heard the SQ5, with which this engine is shared, I never thought I would like it. A 326hp V6 Bi-Turbo diesel with an artificial petrol exhaust note pumped through the cabin? It all seems very fake. But no, do not dismiss this car. The A7 Competition is one very interesting and competent car.

Static photo Colour: Misano Red Fuel consumption figures Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6,1; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 162

Model Tested: Audi A7 S Line Competition
Engine: 3.0 Bi-Turbo Diesel  – 326hp and 650Nm.
Transmission: 8 Speed Tiptronic, Quattro four wheel drive
Price: The A7 range starts from €68,900, as tested – €101,628, including options. PCP starts from €769/month.

Static photo Colour: Misano Red Fuel consumption figures Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6,1; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 162

Let me introduce the Audi A7 Competition. A 3.0 Bi-Turbo diesel V6 putting out 326hp and 650Nm. Finished in Daytona Grey and equipped with optional 20″ 5 spoke alloys, the A7 immediately stands out from its standard form. The A7 was introduced back in 2010 and was instantly a hit. Its lift back design was a lot more handsome and much less awkward looking than the A5 introduced 3 years previous. I have always been a fan of the A7 because put simply, it is just a very handsome car. It is proportioned perfectly and ticks a lot of boxes in terms of space, practicality and performance, no matter what engine you choose.

The test car we drove had a great colour combo of Daytona Grey pearl effect exterior paint and Black Valcona Leather with red stitching on the inside. Space is not an issue in the A7. Up front, the cabin is laid out well and not cramped. Even though the A7 is a liftback, there is plenty of headroom in the rear for taller passengers. The boot is deep and the rear seats can fold down in case you need to carry larger items.

Cockpit Colour: Misano Red Fuel consumption figures Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6,1; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 162

But what you really came here to read about, is how it fairs on the road. The A7 not only looks good but drives well too. The Quattro system gives tons of grip and although the A7 is a large car, it copes well on the backroads. Equipped with Audi Drive Select, the steering, suspension and much more can be tweaked with the push of a button. The A7 uses an 8 speed Tiptronic, and not the S-Tronic, gearbox  so can be put into manual mode which allows the driver to use the paddles equipped on the steering wheel. The one thing that got me was the sound of the car. The artificial petrol sound being pumped throughout the cabin is very easy to get use to and makes the driving experience a lot more pleasurable.

Dynamic photo Colour: Misano Red Fuel consumption figures Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6,1; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 162

The A7 is based on the A6 but a lot more handsome and practical. The A7 is very a very good drive but it cannot beat the rear wheel drive Mercedes CLS. Yes you guessed it, its a lot more engaging car to drive. There, I said it.

Though, if you are an Audi nut and the S7 or RS7 are just that little bit out of your price range and you need the economy of a diesel (Audi states it can get 6.3l/100km), well then the A7 Competition is certainly one to keep on your radar. Based on looks alone, it will certainly make your neighbours jealous.

Ian