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2014 Audi RS 7 Sedan - Rating Details

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2014 Audi RS 7 Prestige quattro Sedan (4.0L V8 Twin-turbo AWD 8-speed Automatic)

Driven On 10/29/2013

Ratings Summary

The 2014 Audi RS 7 is a mild-mannered Clark Kent of a 4-door sedan that hauls the mail like nothing else when you unleash it. Drive it normally and it's quite good at being a docile sedan in daily life. It's got style, sophistication, comfort and can carry a decent amount of luggage. Yes, it's expensive, but worth it. There are no trade-offs here.
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Performance The RS 7's turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 churns out 560 horsepower through an 8-speed automatic transmission and the quattro all-wheel drive system. It's a potent combination, and the brakes, steering and chassis are suitably up to the task.
Acceleration
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This beast is quicker than anything with 4 doors (and most with two). All-wheel drive puts the immense power to the pavement with ease. Ours blasted to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.
Braking
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The massive brakes are more than up to the task of reigning in this rocket sled. In town they're firm and reassuring. Our panic stop from 60 mph lasted just 108 feet.
Steering
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Goes where it's pointed with precision, including straight ahead on the freeway. Turn off lane-keeping if you're carving corners; the system stiffens the steering if you skim painted lines.
Handling
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Impeccable balance and poise whether you're driving for groceries or going for broke. Doesn't roll much in corners, but doesn't come across as boy-racer stiff for stiff's sake, either.
Driveability
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The RS 7's 8-speed automatic is smooth and seamless, especially in Comfort mode. But it also reacts quickly in the Sport and Manual modes. No need to fret over the lack of a DCT.
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Comfort In the Comfort and Auto modes the Audi RS 7 delivers a smooth and quiet ride that doesn't suffer any ill consequences of the Hyde part of its personality. High performance does not demand sacrifices in terms of ride comfort.
Seating Comfort
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The RS 7's Comfort Seating Package seats are great at holding the driver in place during maneuvers, but they also proved to be extremely comfortable over a long-haul 800-mile weekend trip.
Ride Comfort
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The trick to the RS 7's ride comfort is the air suspension, which expertly takes the edge off potholes and coarse surfaces without allowing sickening float to enter the picture.
Quietness
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Wind noise is held in check at speeds we'd rather not talk about. And that air suspension pairs nicely with the stiff chassis and well-sealed doors to filter out road noise from below.
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Interior There's plenty of room, whether you're talking about people or things. And the cockpit is exceedingly logical and easy to use. The MMI system hasn't evolved much.
Ergonomics
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The MMI system is more complex than others, but there's a lot here if you dig around. Traditional controls and levers are excellently contoured and located.
Ingress/Egress
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The doors open wide and the seat side bolsters aren't cartoonishly large. It's a wee bit low in back, but you knew that by looking at it. We didn't have to duck all that much.
Space/Room
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Plenty of room once you're inside, even if you're tall. The rear seat is only set up for two, but they'll be happy with the head-, leg- and shoulder room they have.
Visibility
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Quite good through the glass, and ours was equipped with an optional night-vision assist system. Expected more from the high-beams, though; they didn't penetrate as far as we'd expected.
Cargo/Storage
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Lots of interior storage, and cargo space is very generous under the rear hatch. The rear seats fold down to reveal SUV-esque amounts of maximum storage.
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Value It's well equipped, built well and is easy on gas (if you're easy on the gas pedal). Plus it can do almost anything and can go almost anywhere. It could be your only car.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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Impeccable, inside and out. Yes, it costs six figures, but you won't be disappointed. Stands up well when compared to others in the same price strata.
Features(vs. $)
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Very well equipped and you'll want for almost nothing except, perhaps, for a USB jack or two. The single pigtail iPod/iPhone interface is an odd misstep. (But it may be the only one.)
Cost
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Its starting price exceeds $105,795 but you get amazing performance and civility for that price. It's a good deal even after adding on the $10,000 in options you're likely to want.
MPG
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The RS 7 is a 560-horsepower 4-door sedan that can stomp all over the 2014 Corvette in a straight line, so its EPA rating of 19 mpg Combined (16 City/27 Highway [!]) is a neat trick.
Warranty
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The bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties are the same: 4 yrs/50,000 miles. Not bad, but not great, either. And we wonder about out-of warranty repair costs down the road.
Ownership
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Free maintenance only lasts through the first oil change at 5,000 miles. But you do get 24-hr roadside assistance for four years.
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Fun To Drive Speed comes easily in the RS 7, perhaps too easily. This Audi is ready for anything, but your driver's license might be in extreme peril if you're not keeping tabs on your speed.
Driving Experience
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If you have the money, this car just might be able to handle any task you throw at it, short of off-roading or towing. And you'll enjoy every mile.
Personality
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The 2014 Audi RS 7 has two personas, the luxurious Dr. Jekyl when cruising and the furious Mr. Hyde when you push it. And it's so gorgegous, no one in the next lane will expect its capability.
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