Audi is targeting senior company car drivers with a new base-level A7 Sportback.

Available now and priced from £52,240, the A7 Sportback 45 TDI quattro Sport brings down the model’s starting price by £2,700 without scrimping on spec.

Under the bonnet is a 227bhp three-litre V6 diesel unit that can clear a 0-62mph sprint in 6.5 seconds.

That doesn’t sound particularly fleet-friendly, but it offers the best of both worlds by reporting a combined fuel return of 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 147g/km.

It achieves this thanks to the introduction of a new 48V mild-hybrid drivetrain, which reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

The system works by shutting off the engine at speeds of between 34 and 99mph, enabling the A7 Sportback to coast in freewheeling mode.

The price may be lower than usual, but the entry-level A7 Sportback still packs in all the equipment you’d expect from a high-end Audi.

The Sport trim includes Audi’s magnificent Virtual Cockpit, a rear-view camera, a lane departure warning system and LED lights front and rear, while S-line versions (£55,140) throw in sport suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels (up from 19-inch on Sport models) and HD Matrix LED headlights, incorporating a unique coming and leaving home animation.

Ben Robb, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Any company car driver would be proud to drive the A7 Sportback and this new entry-level model makes it more attainable than ever before.”

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