Audi calls its A7 a "large five-door coupe." We could get all doctrinaire and note that "coupe" comes from a French term for a single-seat carriage with one or two doors. Why is the word "hatchback" so bad?
Audi's counting on the A7 to fill the gap between its car line and the Q-ship SUVs, and in the class that includes the bustle-butt Acura ZDX and BMW models, the A7 marks a step ahead. But luxury hatchbacks haven't done well in America for the past few decades: they're more ungainly than sedans, yet have less space than a true wagon. The A7 will attempt to woo puzzled shoppers with a 290-hp supercharged V6.