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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

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

4.0 out of 5

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.

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