Conventional wisdom is that hatchbacks are a hard sell in the U.S. market. But there probably would be more sold if they were as sleek as the 2016 Audi A7 3.0T, a handsome 4-door that has the added utility of a liftback. In addition to the unique body style, the Audi A7 has all the features and creature comforts you’d expect in a German luxury car with a base price approaching $70,000.

For 2016, Audi has refreshed the A7 with a slightly subdued single frame grille and slimmer LED headlights which add to the car’s athletic looks. Engine tweaks have added muscle to the supercharged 3.0-liter V6, which now produces 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Those who appreciate the torquier 3.0-liter turbodiesel promised for the model year are out of luck as that engine lacks certification as a result of the VW diesel scandal.

More power and fuel economy

In addition to more power being delivered to all four corners through the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive system, Audi has managed to bump up fuel economy over the 2015 model. It’s now rated at 24 mpg combined on top of 20 mpg city/30 mpg highway numbers, about a 2 mpg gain on both the city/highway cycles. Part of this improvement is no doubt attributable to the stop/start system, which has no obvious defeat switch. That system is not particularly seamless and coupled with a drive-by-wire throttle that’s a bit touchy, being smooth when pulling away from a stop with a light foot is tricky. It’s less noticeable the more enthusiastic you get with the accelerator, but naturally, you have to expect some negative impact on fuel economy.

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Of course, if you can afford the $75,425 sticker of our test model (which includes a $2,650 Prestige package that features Bose Surround Sound, a ventilation upgrade to the standard heated seats, a head-up display and LED interior lighting), you’re probably not too worried about the price of premium fuel. Other goodies that helped push up the price were a $1,500 Black Optic package that featured a blackout treatment on the grille, 20-inch wheels and other exterior trim bits, a $1,000 S-Line sport package that included a tauter suspension and a $500 cold weather option that added a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.

The sophisticated styling of the A7 both inside and out, coupled with the ability to offer nearly wagon-like functionality enables this Audi to occupy a unique space in the luxury segment for those looking for something out of the ordinary.

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