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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, January 5, 2019
Used Car Review
THE A7 Sportback in Australia in March
2011. A niche model, it's based on
the Audi A6 sedan but is a five-door
hatchback with a sporty look and plenty
of styling flair.
The Audi A7 Sportback has a coupe-like
shape and competes with Mercedes CLS
and BMW 5 Series GT. Some feel the Porsche
Panamera, a distant cousin of the Audi, can
also be taken into consideration.
This is purely a four-seat coupe, with the two
rear units being individual seats. A smart move
to our way of thinking because the rear-centre
seats in other sporty cars are often pretty
uncomfortable and create a squeezy feel for all
three in the back when they are in use.
The dipping roofline in the Audi A7 may limit
head space for some people in the back seats,
but the front seats are fine. Tall people in the
back and front seats may have to compromise
on legroom. Audi correctly points out the A7 is
a grand tourer rather than a luxury saloon.
Getting in and out isn't as difficult for ageing
backs as in some sporty models. The big Audi
handles Australian roads, even rough and ready
backroads with ease, but as is often the way
with cars not specifically tuned for Australia
coarse-chip surfaces can noticeably increase
Audi has been a pioneer in the use of
aluminium in its vehicles and the A7 has about
30 per cent of its components made from the
lightweight material. This contributes t to lower
fuel consumption and emissions, as as well as
to the handling and braking.
March 2015 saw the Audi A7 getting a
strong facelift to give it an even lower slung
look as well as the additional of some extra
brightwork. The headlights were upgraded
to matrix units and provide added forward
range as well as brightness. Inside is more
computing power and storage space in the
Prices were trimmed with the introduction
of the 2015 facelift as potential buyers
complained that the A7 was significantly
higher than those of the Audi A6 on which the
A7 is based. This upset resale values of the
older A7s at the time, but that has all settled
down by now.
Audi A7 Sportback displays the German
marque's strong technology. Standard features
include the Audi multimedia interface (MMI),
Bluetooth interface and satellite navigation.
Safety items include side assist monitoring,
reversing camera and a pre-safe safety system
to initiate preventative measures when it
senses a possible collision.
A7 Sportbacks have several engine options:
a 2.8-litre naturally-aspirated V6 petrol, a
3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6 and a pair of
turbo-diesels. The engine range was trimmed
with the 2015 facelift, with the diesels no
longer offered due to a lack of interest by
Aussie buyers. It comes as no surprise that all
models have automatic transmissions.
Audi is well established in Australia and
sales have been increasingly substantially for
quite a few years. This has resulted in more
dealers being established, not only in the
capital cities, but also in country cities.
Servicing and repair costs are about
average for this class of vehicle, but are not
outrageous. However, if you're a social climber
and stretching your budget to buy an Audi
rather than a more everyday car we suggest
you check on costs before over-committing
We have heard of no real problems with
owners getting access to spare parts, though
there are times you may have to wait for
several business days for parts to be couriered
to smaller dealerships.
Insurance costs, again, are about the same
as those for Audi's competitors. While it makes
sense to shop around for a better deal we
feel it's unwise to chop and change insurance
providers just to save a few dollars. Rather, we
are aware that building a strong record with
one company can be to your advantage if you
have to make a claim that could be judged
Audi introduced the next generation of its
A7 to Australia in October 2018. It's improved
in many areas but is still not on the used car
stage so we won't cover it here.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
A service record from an Audi dealership
is a strong selling point. It not only indicates
the car is bang up to date with factory
modifications. Once you have the service
record on the car you buy, it's smart to keep it
up to date.
After your initial walk around the car you're
considering says it look fine, don't even
consider going further without a professional
inspection, ideal by an Audi trained service
If the frameless windows on the Audi A7
result in wind noise during your test drive it
may mean the glass, or even the door, are no
longer perfectly aligned.
This is quite a bulky car so it may have
suffered minor damage to the wheels, the left-
front is usually the first to suffer.
Look over the paint for any signs of previous
panel work, even minor parking dings.
Uneven paint colours or tiny spots of paint
on unpainted areas are giveaway signs. If
there's the slightest doubt the aforementioned
professional should pick them up.
We have heard of infotainment screens
that don't fold down and up smoothly. Check
movements several times in each direction
because repairs can be expensive.
Other than that, make a complete inspection
of the interior, including the luggage area for
any signs of damage.
Look to spending from $28,000 to $38,000
for a 2011 Audi A7 Sportback TDI; $37,000 to
$50,000 for a 2013 TDI; $46,000 to $61,000 for a
2014 TFSI; $56,000 to $74,000 for a 2016 TFSI S;
$63,000 to $84,000 for a 2017 TFSI; $72,000 to
$95,000 for a 2016 TDI Biturbo; and $84,000 to
$113,000 for a 2017 TDI Black Edition.
CAR BUYING TIP
Avoid a sales person who tells you there's
no need to have a pre-purchase inspection
because the car is covered by warranty. Life
being what it is it's much easier to get things
fixed before you buy a car than afterwards...
Audi A7 2011 – 2017
2014 Audi RS7 Sportback
2013 Audi A7 Sportback
2011 Audi A7 Sportback
Plenty of styling and flair
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