Out on the road you quickly become aware of the impact of the ‘Drive Select System’, which allows drivers to tailor the vehicle to their preferences. It offers comfort, auto and dynamic modes, which adjust the way that key elements like the engine, transmission, suspension, steering – and even the exhaust and seatbelt tensioner – behave. An individual mode allows you to configure it to your precise demands.
In comfort mode the RS7 transpires to be a relatively cosseting car to drive. Its taut and composed ride borders on the overly firm but, with light steering, well-judged throttle and brake responses and good visibility, it's not intimidating or tiring.
You do feel a lot of minor surface imperfections though, so those who don't want to be constantly massaged by gentle vibrations through the seat or steering column should best look elsewhere. Given its performance credentials and design, this small compromise is just about acceptable. At cruising speed the RS7 is acceptably refined, although rough surfaces can cause a notable amount of road noise. Wind noise is very low.
Through corners the steering is precise and direct enough to inspire confidence that the RS7 will go where you point it, but there's little in the way of feedback. You're left placing your trust in the RS7’s stability systems and what little you can feel through the seat.