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Following a trend established by other German manufacturers, the Audi A7 represents the latest entrant into the coupe-styled luxury sedan segment. It sports the typical Audi face up front, but the A7 is lower and wider and has a radically sloped roof line to give it the sportier look of a fastback coupe. The A7's styling is unusual for sure, but chances are it will grow on you once you see it in person.
As expected, stirring performance and exquisite interior refinement are featured prominently. But the sloping rear hatchback's added style and cargo flexibility do come at the cost of some rear-seat comfort. The A7 is also priced significantly higher than the A6 sedan on which it is based, and that could give buyers some pause.
Current Audi A7
The Audi A7 debuted for the 2012 model year. It is based on the A6 sedan, but features a sloping rear hatchback design that gives it a coupelike silhouette. Only one engine is available: a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard and an eight-speed automatic is the only available transmission.
Notable Audi A7 standard features on the base Premium trim include adjustable drive settings, a sunroof, three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, Audi's MMI electronics controller and a 14-speaker Bose sound system. The Premium Plus trim adds larger wheels, a navigation system, additional MMI functions and voice controls. The range-topping Prestige tacks on adaptive headlights, keyless ignition/entry, four-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats and an upgraded surround-sound audio system. Major options include a Sport package, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display and LED headlights.
As expected, the large sloping rear hatch adds quite a bit of versatility in terms of cargo capacity, but it also reduces rear headroom. It's also worth noting that the rear seats are limited to two passengers. The interior itself lives up to Audi's reputation for first-class accommodations and excellent materials quality. The company's penchant for technological innovation is also present, with a slick new interface that allows the driver to control and input information by tracing alpha-numeric characters on a touchpad.
Acceleration is quick among large sedans of this type, but not at the expense of fuel economy. Audi's Drive Select allows drivers to choose among four distinct modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual) to suit their particular tastes. Unlike the A8 sedan, the A7's suspension response is not altered by Drive Select. In our testing, we found the Audi A7's ride to be firm and a bit too lively with the available 20-inch tires, which offer minimal compliance from their narrow sidewalls. Staying with the 18-inch tires might be a good idea if a comfortable ride quality is a priority for you.
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