Audi A7 hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
The A7 TFSI e delivers in all areas an upmarket Audi is expected to, while adding a dash of sportiness to the equation
The plug-in hybrid A7's interior is a nice place to spend time, especially during an electric commute. All the modern Audi interior hallmarks are present and correct, including the ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital dials and information screen in front of the driver, large touchscreen controls in the middle of the dashboard, rock-solid build quality and premium-feeling materials throughout. Overall, the cabin matches that of Audi’s flagship A8 but leans more towards a sports car than luxury limousine thanks to a relatively low driving position and the dashboard being angled towards the driver.
Audi A7 hybrid dashboard
Take a seat in an Audi A7 plug-in hybrid and straight away your eyes will be drawn to the large screens dotted about the cabin. Behind the steering wheel is Audi’s seven-inch ‘Virtual Cockpit’, which replaces traditional dials with a much more high-tech display. In the centre of the dashboard there’s also a 10.1-inch touchscreen media display, plus another 8.6-inch touchscreen under that, which is mainly used to operate the climate control.
Equipment, options & accessories
Trim level offered for the A7 TFSI e include Sport, S Line, Black Edition and Vorsprung (with the 50 TFSI e engine), as well as Competition and Competition Vorsprung (with the 55 TFSI e engine). Standard equipment for entry-level Sport cars includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED front and rear lights, heated front seats, four-zone climate control, DAB radio and Bluetooth.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
While Audi’s two central touchscreen displays look very slick indeed, they can take some getting used to. The reason for this is that they work with ‘haptic’ feedback. This means you get a clicking feeling when you select an icon, but it requires more force than a typical smartphone screen. With a bit of practice, the system works well, even if a BMW-style rotary dial would probably be less fiddly to use on the move.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi A7 TFSI e is good-looking, technologically advanced and efficient plug-in hybrid executive car, but it fails to impress enough to warrant its high price tag
- 2MPG, CO2 & chargingOfficial figures promise low emissions and excellent fuel economy – but the A7 TFSI e's battery must be used regularly to get close to claimed numbers
- 3Running costs & insuranceLow running costs are a feature of the Audi A7 TFSI e, even if high insurance groups ruin the party somewhat
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Audi A7 TFSI e offers plenty of pace, even if it isn’t a match for the diesel and petrol-powered A7s when it comes to driver engagement
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe A7 TFSI e delivers in all areas an upmarket Audi is expected to, while adding a dash of sportiness to the equation
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalitySUVs and estate cars may be inherently more practical than sleek four-door coupes, but the A7 TFSI e isn’t as far behind as you might think
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe A7 TFSI e has a strong safety rating, but Audi’s customer-satisfaction scores are disappointing for what’s perceived as a premium brand