2017 Audi A7
- Standard V6 engine delivers exceptional performance
- Top-notch tech ranges from an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot to a full set of driver safety aids
- Hatchback offers more flexible cargo space than regular sedan's trunk
- Ride is stiff when fitted with 20-inch wheels
- Rear headroom is tight for taller passengers
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Credit Audi for knowing when to leave well enough alone. The 2017 Audi A7 carries over from last year with only minor changes and that's plenty OK with us. Possibly to ease the sting of its beloved, discontinued diesel-engine model, Audi introduced a new Competition trim level that pumps out a little more horsepower and style.
Other than those minor changes, the A7's traditional strengths remain. It's standard V6 engine delivers exceptional performance while the standard all-wheel drive makes the A7 a viable option in any climate. It also features one of the most richly decorated interiors you'll find in this price range. The only real catch is that rear headroom suffers relative to the mechanically identical A6 sedan, and you can get a comparable A6 for thousands less.
But the sedan is sedate by comparison and it can't match the A7's versatile hatchback trunk. In fact, the only real true rival out there is the Porsche Panamera and its base price begins about where a loaded A7 ends.
There are other "four-door coupes" to consider like the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Both make compelling cases with style and speed, but lack the cargo prowess of the A7's liftgate hatch. And by comparison with the Audi's modern-cool interior, the Benz's cabin comes up looking a little plain. No car is an easy choice in this class, but the 2017 A7's unique attributes make it tough to resist.
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Audi A7 includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, a blind-spot warning system, front and rear parking sensors, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Rear side airbags are a stand-alone option, while the Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, a corner-view camera system and lane keeping assist.
The standard Audi Pre Sense Basic system warns the driver, tensions the seatbelts and closes the windows if a potential collision is detected, while the Pre Sense Rear system (also standard) uses the brake light to warn traffic behind the vehicle in the event of a rear collision. The Audi Pre Sense Plus system (included in the Driver Assistance package) can do all that, plus fully tighten the seatbelts and automatically apply the brakes full force to mitigate the severity of an imminent crash.
In Edmunds brake testing, we evaluated an A7 3.0T with 20-inch wheels and summer tires that came to a stop from 60 mph in 106 feet. That's a short distance for a car in this class.
Trim levels & features
Standard equipment on the Premium Plus includes 19-inch wheels, Audi Drive Select (providing adjustable settings for steering, accelerator and transmission response), Audi Pre Sense Basic and Rear (see "Safety," below for more info), a blind-spot warning system, automatic adaptive LED headlights, LED running lights and taillights, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, auto-dimming power-folding heated mirrors, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, an adaptive rear spoiler and keyless entry and ignition.
Inside you'll find four-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel with shift paddles, leather upholstery, heated eight-way power seats (with four-way driver lumbar adjustment), driver memory settings, an 8-inch motorized pop-up display screen, a rearview camera, a navigation system with voice controls,Audi Connect (providing Google Earth-enhanced navigation, Google search functions, smartphone-app integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and 4G LTE with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capability), the MMI infotainment system with console-mounted controls, Bluetooth and a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and USB audio connectivity.
The Prestige adds LED ambient interior lighting, ventilated front seats with passenger lumbar adjustments, a head-up display and power-closing doors.
New for 2017 is the Competition Prestige trim level, which features 20-inch titanium-finish wheels, a firmer suspension, a high-performance rear differential, sport seats, upgraded leather, a flat-bottom steering wheel, black cloth headliner, and various styling flourishes like high-gloss black trim pieces, red brake calipers, and brushed metal inlays.
Most A7 options come bundled in various packages. The Cold Weather package includes heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The S Line Sport package adds special 19-inch wheels, sport-themed exterior styling flourishes, a firmer suspension and an available add-on Black Optic package that contributes 20-inch wheels and high-gloss black trim on the grille and window surrounds.
The Driver Assistance package includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, Audi Pre Sense Plus (including a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking), a corner-view camera system (front and rear) and lane keeping assist. The Comfort Seating Package throws in upgraded leather and ventilated power front seats with massage and memory functions.
Other notable options include rear side airbags, walnut interior accents and two items limited to the Prestige: a night-vision camera system with pedestrian detection and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The 2017 Audi A7 comes standard with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (3.0T) that generates 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. In Competition trim, the same engine delivers 340 hp. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard.
Of note, Audi has discontinued sales of its TDI diesel engine models pending regulatory review of its emissions standards.
In Edmunds performance testing, an A7 3.0T accelerated to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, which is very quick for this class of car with a six-cylinder engine. EPA fuel economy estimates for the A7 3.0T stand at 24 mpg combined (20 mpg city/30 mpg highway).
Although it's not billed as the high-performance model in the lineup (the S7 and RS 7 fill that role), the A7 is an impressive performer . The supercharged V6 is a stunning engine that provides nearly instantaneous throttle response and the kind of acceleration you would typically associate with a V8-powered sedan.
The A7 comes with Audi's Drive Select feature, which alters throttle response, transmission shift characteristics and steering effort via four different modes: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual. We've found it a challenge to dial in exactly the right settings for our taste, and the steering feel doesn't impress us in any of the settings.
Along with this dull steering, a hefty curb weight and sizable exterior prevent the A7 from feeling like a sport sedan. You can hustle it along, but it doesn't offer much enjoyment or engagement in return. We suggest sticking with the smaller 19-inch wheels, as they provide a more supple ride and won't appreciably detract from the A7's real-world handling.
The A7's interior is thoughtfully designed and tightly constructed, with excellent materials quality. Subtle wood accents add to the premium feel along with subtle ambient lighting. Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI) controls audio, communication and navigation functions with a knob on the console and a pop-up dashboard screen. MMI boasts logical menus and crisp graphics, and after a short time it becomes very intuitive.
The A7 is also equipped with Audi Connect, which includes 4G LTE data connectivity with mobile Wi-Fi for up to eight devices, Google Earth data for the navigation system and simplified Google search for POIs. The Google Earth feature is a cool concept, but in practice it's an example of form over function, as the "enhanced" map can be more difficult to read at a glance compared to a conventional navigation map.
Fitting five passengers in the A7 is quite feasible, as long as the passengers in back aren't very tall. Headroom up front is acceptable, but the sleek, sloping roofline limits rear headroom. It also makes getting in and out of the rear seats more difficult. There's plenty of legroom in both the front and back seats although it's worth noting that the A7 Competition seats only two passengers in the backseat.
The A7's hatchback design enables easy loading of luggage and larger items that might not fit in the trunk of a conventional sedan. Official cargo capacity is 24.5 cubic feet, but lowering the rear seatbacks increases that volume significantly.
Features & Specs
If cars were judged on looks alone, the 2017 Audi A7 would be a best-seller — but they aren't, so it's fortunate there's a lot more to this slick four-door fastback than its handsome shape. Adrenaline-pumping performance, high-tech features and hatchback practicality put this car at the top of the "four-door-coupe" class, and provide plausible purchase reasons for those who really just want to walk out of their house each morning to find this beauty sitting in the driveway.
Audi hasn't changed the A7 much since its introduction, and for once that suits us just fine. Though the diesel has been dropped in the wake of the VW/Audi emissions scandal — the less said about that, the better — we're very happy with the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that provides the 2017 A7 with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. For 2017, Audi has introduced a new Competition model that raises the output to 340 hp. Like other A7s, it features an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Edmunds clocked the 333-hp version to 60 mph in a very brisk 4.8 seconds, with the supercharger helping to provide near-instantaneous throttle response without the lag associated with turbochargers. That's an impressive feat when you consider that the A7 isn't supposed to be the performance version of this car, a role that falls to the even more powerful S7 and RS7 variants. In terms of fuel economy, the EPA rates the A7 at 24 mpg combined (21 city/29 highway).
Unfortunately, the driving dynamics don't quite match up to the engine's performance. The A7's heavy weight and large size keep it from feeling like a true sport sedan. And as much as we fiddled with the A7's four driving modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and driver-configurable Individual), none of them could compensate for its lack of steering feel. Overall, it's just not a very engaging car to drive. We recommend sticking with the smaller 19-inch wheels, which give the A7 a suppler ride with no adverse effect on handling.
The A7 has other charms, chief among them the well-designed and solidly constructed interior, which scores points for design, technology and materials quality. We love the array of technology on offer, including a built-in WiFi hotspot with 4G LTE data connectivity. The A7 provides space for five (four in the Competition model). And while legroom is excellent up front and out back, the slick roofline limits rear-seat headroom. Cargo space is excellent, with the big hatch lid allowing unrestricted access to cargo space. Anyone have a piano that needs moving?
The A7 is offered as a four-door hatchback in Premium Plus, Prestige and the new Competition Prestige trim levels. Like other Audi cars, even the base model is lavishly equipped, and the new Competition Plus offers a stiffer suspension and sport-themed trim. Which should you choose? Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Audi A7 for you.
2017 Audi A7 Overview
The 2017 Audi A7 is offered in the following submodels: A7 Sedan. Available styles include Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), and Competition Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A).
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