Audi A7 Sportback in the mix

Audi A7 Sportback

The Audi A7 Sportback is the latest offering from the legendary German auto-powerhouse. Audi describe the A7 as combining the "Sporty elegance of a coupe, the comfort of a sedan and the practicality of a station wagon". Audi could have added "the rear-end of something quite bizarre" but it seems to fit well with the overall style of the car and it's growing on me.

Plenty engine choice for new Audi A7 Sportback

Under the hood the Audi A7 Sportback will initially be released with four different V6 engines, two petrol and two TDI engines. The highest range engine in the lineup will generate 220kW (300hp) which is rather juicy. The 3.0 TDI generates 150kW (204hp) and has some impressive efficiency stats. With an average fuel consumption of just 5.3 liters per 100km and a CO2 emission rating of 139g per km, not too bad for it's class.

Audi A7 Sportback is packed with features

As can be expected the Audi A7 Sportback comes with a host of safety systems and driver assists, including: Navigation system, pre-sense system, and lane assist. However, without doubt the most useful new driver assist feature comes in the form of a Park assist system. This system takes control of the steering when parallel parking, and does it for you. I can't think of a more useful device to have on a new car.

Another useful component is the MMI operating system, control panel, offering the driver a host of functionality. Most impressive being the option for any important information to be projected in the form of a heads up display onto the windshield, so the driver never needs to take their eyes off the road.

The new Audi A7 Sportback is expected to hit dealerships in Europe in their fall, with an estimated base price tag of 51 600 Euros. We await further details for the South African release.