IT'S rare for the combination of style, practicality, luxury and outstanding driving dynamics to all come together in one car, but that's exactly what Audi has achieved with the A7 Sportback.
The car has all the premium quality associated with the German marque and it's packed to bursting with technology, yet it also offers outstanding versatility with bags of space for two back seat passengers and the generously-sized boot has the scope to carry between 535 litres of luggage and 1,390 litres with the rear seats dropped flat.
The four-door coupe is beautifully streamlined in appearance with elegant 20-inch alloys and Matrix LED headlights helping to give it a truly powerful look.
The interior is equally luxurious in its design with the finest leathers and materials brought together to create a sophisticated cabin environment that simply oozes Audi class.
Creature comforts on the mid-range S line model are plentiful and include the likes of a three-spoke multi-function sports steering wheel with gear-shift paddles, four-zone air conditioning, a pitch perfect BOSE sound system (Â£1,000 extra), Audi's Drive Select system to adjust the car's dynamics, sat nav, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, colour touchscreen and Audi's highly efficient Multi-Media Interface.
This particular car priced at £56,700 (£68,505 with options fitted) was powered by a 320ps 3.0-litre diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It could reach from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and topped out at a governed 155mph.
According to official figures, it delivers combined fuel economy of 44.8mpg with carbon emissions of 167g/km.
When it comes to performance, the A7 is the perfect executive car. It glides across the Tarmac absorbing any bumps and eats up the miles with ease while the driver sits comfortably and relaxed at the wheel.
The road-holding is excellent especially as the car features Audi quattro four-wheel-drive system. The steering is precise and barely a sound filters through to the cabin from the outside world.
In traffic, the car ambles along with ease and then on faster roads it delivers all the power and acceleration you could wish for.
The automatic box is finely tuned and you can opt to use the gear-shift paddles if you fancy taking a little more control. In addition, flicking through the Drive Select feature allows the driver to fine tune the accelerator, steering and suspension according to preference.
Comfort levels are exceptionally high and even long journeys will leave the driver feeling refreshed.
The Audi A7 is packed with innovative safety features and this car also had a Night Vision assistant priced at £1,510. This set-up uses a thermal imaging camera at the front of the vehicle. The camera reacts to heat that radiates by any object ahead and so warns the driver of any dangers on the road before they would be seen using the headlights alone.