As with all of Audi’s models, the latest A7 Sportback’s design is a case of evolution over revolution. The basic silhouette and proportions remain relatively similar when compared to its predecessor – think a rakish, if substantial 'four-door coupe' with a low-slung roofline and relatively low, sharply cut-off tail. Surprisingly it’s a little shorter and a little narrower than its predecessor and a negligible 2mm taller, though a marginally extended wheelbase (from 2914mm to 2926mm) has been implemented to improve interior space.
Less appealingly, the latest A7 Sportback is no lighter than before, and in some cases a little heavier – the current range spans the 1815-1880kg range, compared to the old car’s 1755-1895kg.
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Whether you see the new car’s styling as an improvement over its predecessor will depend on how keen you are on Audi’s recent trend for including sharp cuts and slashes down its cars’ flanks and above the wheelarches – the latter designed as a gentle homage to the old Audi Quattros and their box arches, now included on all new quattro-equipped models in the Audi range.
It undoubtedly looks more modern, but the evolutionary approach means some of the impact of the original A7 has been lost with time. The rear end is now less distinctive, too – not everyone liked the old model’s frowning rear lights, but the latest full-width strip (with its flashy light display on unlocking the car) could be considered a little too similar to the larger A8.