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The Audi A7 is more affordable that its Benz and BMW rivals, but is it better?

Audi logo1 Aug 2013

By DANIEL GARDNER

BIG cars with small engines are becoming quite a common feature at the higher end of the new-car market.

Once-expensive twin-turbo technology is now extracting V8-like performance out of engines as small as Mercedes-Benz’s 2.1-litre four-cylinder engine, but without the big hit at the fuel pump.

Audi is the latest to join the twin-turbo diesel set, strapping a pair of exhaust-fed blowers to its 3.0-litre V6 engine to produce some numbers that truly raise an eyebrow.

It stars in the first diesel-engined Audi to wear a badge from the performance end of Audi’s model line-up – the SQ5 mid-size soft-roader – and extends to another couple of more mainstream models in the range including our test car here, the A7 Sportback.

The A7 Sportback is a four-door coupe version of the range-topping A8 limousine (though it shares much with the A6), but looks completely different to the more mainstream corporate shuttle thanks to those fastback looks.

Mercedes-Benz may have invented the four-door coupe with its CLS-Class, but latecomer Audi has taken the whole concept a step further, particularly with this engine.

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Model release date: 1 March 2013 to 1 February 2015

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