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- Highs More refined than the competition, powerful turbocharged engines, versatile hatchback.
- Lows Not as quick as performance-oriented rivals, intrusive head-up display, outdated infotainment system.
- Verdict The Audi A7 offers style, refinement, and performance in a practical, class-exclusive hatchback design.
The visually stunning and highly capable A7 is a four-door luxury fastback with timelessly sexy styling, standard features galore, a refined driving character, and a class-exclusive hatchback body with copious cargo space. A standard 333-hp supercharged V-6 unites with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive in sweetly dynamic fashion. The top-spec Competition Prestige model is tuned for extra performance with 340 horsepower and a stiffer sport suspension. But the standard A7 is plenty quick and beautifully balances luxury and athleticism. Its interior epitomizes tranquil quality and boasts top-grade materials. Entering the twilight of its life cycle, the A7 remains relevant through compelling performance, unexpected practicality, and enduring good looks.
What's New for 2017?
Audi has ditched the diesel V-6 option and bolstered the standard-equipment list. The base Premium Plus now has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Bose surround-sound audio system, and a new 19-inch wheel design.
- Premium Plus: $69,750
- Prestige: $72,300
- Competition Prestige: $77,500
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The A7 is tamer and more refined than more performance-oriented rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG E43 and the Cadillac CTS V-Sport. The A7's sole engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. It’s backed by an excellent eight-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive. These agents of acceleration can’t propel the A7 from zero to 60 mph quicker than its top rivals, but this large four-door hatchback is still eye-openingly fast. The Competition Prestige model has the same engine plus an extra seven ponies thanks to tuned-up software. Enthusiasts will appreciate the Audi’s stirring acceleration, eager handling, and the transcendent road manners that should be expected from a sporting luxury car. Its steering is light but precise, and its ride is taut but serene.
EPA fuel-economy testing and reporting procedures have changed over time. For the latest numbers on current and older vehicles, visit the EPA’s website and select Find & Compare Cars.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The A7's cabin is an elegantly designed environment that’s swathed in rich leather and features the finest designer wood accents. Although the interior is far from claustrophobic, its front- and rear-seat headroom is the least among rivals. Even the base A7 is loaded with standard features such as four-zone climate control, heated front seats, and a power tilting and telescoping steering wheel. The interior of the top-trim Competition Prestige comes with standard amenities that included rear bucket seats, leather-wrapped door armrests, and debonair black-and-red diamond-stitched seats. A head-up display is standard, too, but its bulky housing creates an eyesore in an otherwise visually harmonious interior. A hatchback design that’s unique for the class adds extra functionality, and the power-operated liftgate conceals 25 cubic feet of class-leading cargo space.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The standard Audi Connect MMI infotainment system in the A7 isn't as modern as the digital extravaganzas on display in some rivals. It lacks a touchscreen, and the interface is outdated. Still, it’s responsive enough and its standard amenities include an 8.0-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports, a Bose 10-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Available features include a navigation system and a 15-speaker, 1300-watt Bang & Olufsen superstereo.
Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings
For more information about the Audi A7’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
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