boot space at 535 litres in standard guise manages to cram in anything this side of a kitchen sink and then some. Of course, you can further increase the capacity to 1,390 litres by folding the rear seats down, which is particularly cavernous should you require extra space to cart cumbersome items.
Beating under our A7 Sportback’s bonnet is the 3.0-litre V6 that pushes out 250 kW and 500 Nm through a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive. With such a smooth demeanour, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of usability in this application as opposed to the Q8 we drove a while back. A pleasure on the open road, we nosed the vehicle towards Polokwane one early morning to attend a family funeral and it was here that the A7’s crown jewel truly sparkled.
The aforementioned air suspension offered one of the smoothest ride qualities I’ve experienced yet in a vehicle in this segment. It simply wafts in a manner befitting a high-end luxury saloon, soaking up road imperfections with the greatest aplomb all the while keeping the body control level enough to eliminate any would-be nauseating motions.
The engine proved to be a thrifty sipper, returning a commendable 7.4-litres per 100km on that trip, while urban exploits saw us hovering at the 10-litres per 100 km mark, which is still respectable for this capacity engine.
Thanks also to the dynamic all-wheel-steer (R33,050), which sees the rear wheels turn in the direction of the front wheels at low speeds, and opposite at higher speeds, the A7 is exceptionally easy to manoeuvre in tight parking spaces. The 360-degree camera also ensures a clear visual of your surroundings while parking – with the HD rear parking camera a notable feature.
Having been a fan of the first generation A7 Sportback, you can imagine, how I would have high expectations of the latest model. And to my pleasant surprise, the new model delivered on all fronts and then some. It manages to meld coupe styling, sedan levels of comfort and practicality with very little drawbacks. Yes, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is a worthy competitor, but it seems to lean more towards the sporty side of the spectrum, which is great if you are into that sort of thing. For me, however, the A7 Sportback is decidedly ahead of the pack and my choice advocate in the segment.