The new Audi A7 L is a sedan version of the hatchback version of a sedan

Wait, what?
by Stephen Dobie | Apr 20, 2021
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Ready to have your brain slightly scrambled? Welcome to the Audi A7 L, an elongated A7 Sportback for China. Which makes it—ahem—the sedan version of the hatchback version of a sedan.

The Audi A7 L

It’s also (we’d argue) exactly as awkward to look at as that sentence would have you expect. Take an A6 sedan and taper its tail to make an aerodynamic four-door coupe thingy, and you get the regular A7. Attempt to make a sedan out of that—rather than just revert back to an A6—and you end up with the car in the pictures above.

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But we ought not to judge too much. It’s simply a reaction to how cars are often sold in China, where length means status. You can stifle your sniggers at the back, please. And it’s why a whole host of European hits have had their proportions ever so slightly skewed by long-wheelbase versions that we’ll never be able to buy back home.

The Audi A7 L Rear Close Up

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Still, the A7’s extra metal has been translated into another 10cm of legroom, which is handy. It launches in First Edition trim, limited to 1,000 cars, all mating a 3.0-liter mild-hybrid V6 to AWD, with four-wheel steering helping keep the A7 L’s five-meter length as nimble as possible.

Like it? Or will you wait for the Sportback version?

Photos of the Audi A7 L

The Audi A7 L Front View

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The Audi A7 L Rear View

The Audi A7 L Dashboard

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The Audi A7 L Passenger Seats

The Audi A7 L Steering Wheel

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The Audi A7 L Rear Passenger Seats

The Audi A7 L Driver's Door

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The Audi A7 L Profile

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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