Audi A7

2016 Audi A7

The Audi A7 is a premium full-size performance sports sedan with coupe styling and a luxury feel. Its exterior is stylish and its interior is practical. Audis legendary Quattro all-wheel drive is standard. A7 seats four.

The 2016 Audi A7 tops its class on fuel mileage with the available turbocharged diesel engine: The A7 TDI rates and EPA-estimated 24/38 mpg City/Highway, for 29 mpg Combined.

The base engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6, and its very quick. For 2016 its horsepower has been increased to 333 hp from 310, yet the EPA fuel mileage rating stays the same, at 20/30 mpg City/Highway, or 24 mpg Combined.

Both engines are smooth as well as powerful, their fuel mileage assisted by an 8-speed automatic transmission, which keeps the rpm at a steady level, with a tall final drive keeping the rpm lower at 70 mph on the freeway.

For 2016, Audi A7 gets new LED headlamps, along with tweaks to the bumpers and aerodynamic touches. Inside, the shape of the switchgear is slightly changed for 2016, and the Multi Media Interface (MMI) can be enhanced with a head-up display. New available materials include Valcona leather and Beaufort walnut trim, also a black-out trim.

For 2016, the adaptive cruise control is able to bring the car to a complete stop and resume, a feature that might be used in stop-and-go freeway traffic jams. However, people behind you will be impatient and may be upset because these systems dont do bumper to bumper as well as human drivers can.

The night vision system is improved for 2016, as is the system that senses a crash. On the outside, a new mesh insert on the rear bumper is available, and there are tweaked exhaust tips with certain trim levels.

The upscale Prestige model is more handsome to some, with black honeycomb replacing chrome at the front, diffusers and oval tailpipes added to the rear, and aluminum and carbon interior trim.

The Audi S7 has been significantly updated for 2016, as well. The 2016 Audi S7 is more powerful than before. The front and rear fascia have been updated with new bumpers, grille, front splitter, headlights, taillights, and exhaust outlets. Inside is upgraded trim, a new head-up display, and updated controls.

The 2016 S7 engine is rated at 450 horsepower and 406 foot-pounds of torque. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission has been refined.


2014 Audi A7

The Audi A7 is an all-wheel-drive luxury sedan with the roofline of a coupe and a practical rear hatch. First introduced for 2012, the Audi A7 is based on the same platform as the Audi A6 and has nearly the same footprint, with the added roominess of a sport wagon.

For 2014, two new variants joined the lineup. At the head of the class is the uber-performance 2014 Audi RS 7, a step above the S7 which debuted for 2013. Power comes from a re-tuned version of the S7s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, churning out a whopping 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque (which kicks in as low as 1700 rpm), mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Its enough for the RS 7 to skyrocket from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds according to Audi, making it equally as quick as the V10-powered Audi A8 supercar with the manual transmission. At lower speeds, cylinder deactivation technology allows the RS 7 to run a four-cylinder, improving fuel economy, although, not surprisingly, its the least fuel-efficient of the bunch, earning an EPA estimated 16/27 mpg City/Highway.

On the practical end of the spectrum is the 2014 Audi A7 TDI, which uses a diesel-powered, turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. Although it makes a modest 240 hp, it has plenty of low-end oomph thanks to its 428 lb.-ft. of torque. The A7 TDI achieves an EPA-estimated 24/38 mpg City/Highway.

Those who were dismayed by the A7s four-seat capacity may be glad to know that on 3.0 and TDI variants, a three-passenger bench seat now comes standard, as opposed to two rear buckets. The S7 and the RS 7, however, are still four-seaters. A few new standard features and package changes also make their way onto the A7 for 2014, and notably, the base Premium trim level on 3.0 models has been dropped.

Core Audi A7 models are powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6, good for 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission offered is an 8-speed automatic. EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Audi A7 are a respectable 18/28 mpg City/Highway.

The high-performance S7 is powered the same engine found in the Audi S6, a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that cranks out 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Its paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Audi claims the S7 has a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. Also like the new RS 7, the S7 uses cylinder-deactivation technology to improve fuel economy, but manages to barely best the RS 7 with an EPA-estimated 17/27 mpg City/Highway.

As with all Audis, the interior of the A7 is a standout. The dashboard wraps around the driver and into the front doors, the beautiful instrument panel perfectly framed by the three-spoke sport steering wheel. Diamond-quilted leather in the S7 is gorgeous. Rear seats have adequate legroom, and the 60/40 rear seatback flips down to a flat floor.

Although Audis MMI user interface may have its quirks, it continues to get better. We especially like the Google Earth view on the navigation screen, and the touchpad near the driver on the center console that allows the user to spell out letters with a finger, instead of punching them in.

In the drivetrain department, the V6 is fast and silky, and the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission is seamless. We found the A7 ride was smooth and comfortable at all times, even with 20-inch wheels and a sport suspension.

The 2014 Audi A7 nestles into an ever-growing space emerging space between sporty and spacious. While the A7 silhouette remains unique, other luxury car makers offer hatch-like practicality in a coupe-like package. As such, other vehicles to consider include the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.


2013 Audi A7

The 2013 Audi A7 is a luxurious four-passenger sedan that looks like a coupe and offers the functionality of a wagon, thanks to its fastback rear hatch. First introduced for 2012, the Audi A7 is based on the same platform as the Audi A6 and has nearly the same footprint, save for the A7's distinctive sloping roofline.

New for 2013 is the line-topping S7, which features a unique front grille and exterior trim, along with unique 19-inch wheels. Inside, the S7 has beautiful diamond-stitched leather interior. The 2013 Audi S7 is powered the same engine found in the Audi S6, a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that cranks out 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Quattro all-wheel drive comes standard. Audi claims the S7 has a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. Also like the S6, the S7 uses cylinder-deactivation technology to improve fuel economy. But performance doesn't come cheap, as the S7 starts at more than $18,000 more than the base A7.

Audi A7 models are powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6, good for 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission offered is an 8-speed automatic. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard. EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Audi A7 are a respectable 18/28 mpg City/Highway.

Audi isn't the first to make a luxury sedan that nestles into the emerging space between sporty and spacious. Others include the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Jaguar XF, and Porsche Panamera. Most of these are about the same size, with the exception of the Mercedes, which is a couple of inches smaller. Acura dipped its toe in the water with its coupe-like ZDX, but the company announced the ZDX would be discontinued after the 2013 model year.

The silhouette of the Audi A7 is sleek. It's more like the Jaguar XF than any of the other four-door coupes. From the rear, the stretching roofline and glass of the A7 give it a retro look, like some of the fastback sports cars of the 1950s.

The A7 interior is lovely, the dashboard wrapping around the driver and into the front doors, the beautiful instrument panel perfectly framed by the three-spoke sport steering wheel. Legroom is acceptable in the rear seats. The 60/40 rear seatback flips down to a flat floor, and opens up the rear for cargo carrying that rivals a station wagon, accessible under the fifth door, the liftback.

We love the Google Earth navigation screen in the A7, which makes a fantastic map to follow, on a big pop-up screen. As for the navigation system itself, the good news is it will allow you to set a destination while the car is moving, but we found its accuracy lacking.

In the drivetrain department, the V6 is fast and silky, and the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission is seamless. Audi Drive Select allows the driver to choose one of four modes: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual. These modes adjust the transmission, power steering and engine to modify shift points, steering boost and throttle characteristics.

We found the A7 ride was smooth and comfortable at all times, even with 20-inch wheels and a sport suspension. The more we challenged the A7 in corners, the better it felt. However, we found the 20-inch tires sensitive to road surfaces, the car tending to move around at 70 mph. This may have been due to the optional low-profile 20-inch tires or the new electromechanical power steering system. The A7 Premium model may be more stable in this regard with its 18-inch wheels and tires.



 

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