Long term report: Audi S7 #3

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Okay, it's thirsty – but what a delight to drive

Most people in the office would be over the moon to have the S7 for a few weeks. Baggott is moving and needed the Transporter, so after all the moving around I found myself in the big Audi.

Now I'm no Audi fan – although when I'm asked what is the best car around, I always start by saying Audi make the best interiors. And the S7 confirms this. It is simply a beautiful place to be.

Not only that, Audi manage to make an audio/sat- nav system that is logical and easy to use. This is my bugbear with many cars – if Audi can make one this good, why can't the rest?
So after three weeks, what do I think? Have I been converted? Well, I've covered around 1,000 miles, and every one was a pleasure – comfortable, refined and relaxed, with a cabin that feels it will outlast anything and a superb engine that sounds just glorious.

What can't I live with? An unhealthy thirst for fuel and its size. Fine on motorways and country roads, but very noticeable in town and when you're parking. If you want a sporty Audi, buy an RS5. But if you want a peerless grand tourer, the Audi A7 should be high on your list.

The knowledge

Model: Audi S7
Price: £61,995
Engine: 4.0-litre, V8 twin turbo
Power: 414bhp
Max speed: 155mph
0-60mph: 4.7s
Emissions: 225g/km
Mileage this month: 987
This month's highlight:
The sat-nav and audio system are so easy to use. Other manufacturers please take note...

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