Used Audi A7 S7 (2012 - 2018) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 13 Aug 2012
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Despite the limited popularity of the Audi A7, the German manufacturer has seen fit to give the four-door coupe the high-performance makeover with the Audi S7. It joins the long line of S models and is fitted with a new 4.

4 out of 5

Comfort

Due to the bigger wheels and stiff suspension to help with the handling of the car, the Audi S7 comfort levels can be a little compromised because the ride is a little firm. This becomes more of an issue in Dynamic mode, while Comfort softens this a little and makes it more bearable. There is very little road noise, while wind noise is almost non-existent.

There is some engine noise, however, but this is forgiven as it is the noise of a rather excellent V8 engine. The standard sports seats are excellent and offer a huge amount of support. As well as the lumbar support making things more comfortable for longer journeys, the lateral supports are excellent at keeping you pinned to your seat in fast, tight corners.

There’s a good amount of adjustment in the steering wheel and the seats, which makes finding your ideal driving position fairly simple. It seats four, like the standard model, and although there’s plenty of room for the two in the front, rear passengers will find headroom restricted.

4 out of 5

Practicality

The sloping roofline and sleek looks may be more akin to a svelte Coupe, but the Audi S7 is remarkably practical. There’s ample boot space of 535 litres – with the rear seats in place – and 1,390 litres with the rear seats folded down, which is the same as the standard Audi A7 model. With the rear seats folded the boot floor is almost flat making it useful for longer items.

The boot lip is a little high, while the opening is narrow which can make getting bigger and heavier items in the back somewhat awkward. There’s plenty of room in the cabin too, with a large centre console box that can fit plenty of items as well as numerous useful touches like cup holders dotted around.

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Behind the wheel

Inside, the Audi S7 is much like the standard Audi A7 model. There is a slightly more upmarket feel to this version, however. If you’ve opted for the upgraded leather and various inlays then it gives off an even more premium feel. As with the standard model the MMI, drive select and climate control have plenty of features and it may take some time to get used to which dial does what and to figure out what you need to press without becoming distracted.

Once you’ve solved this problem though, the MMI is one of the best audio/media systems to use. Visibility is compromised a little by the wide A-Pillars and the small back window – blame the sloping design. The Audi S7 does feel like quite a big car and can be daunting but thankfully all cars come with front and rear parking sensors to stop any potential problems.