Premium midsize car; Built in
  • 4-door sedan
Good condition price range: $33,100 – $67,700*


2015 Audi A7


2015 Audi A7


2015 Audi A7

Pros:
  • Acceleration
  • Interior materials
Cons:
  • Control layout
  • Price

A7 is visually stunning, inside and out. It’s comfortable to sit in and provides a surprising amount of practicality given its “4-door coupe” body style. A lively and reasonably efficient powertrain further enhance this car’s appeal. When new, prices seemed high, but the sticker price bought a lot of luxury car. Even when well equipped, A7 came out much less expensive than comparably equipped rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Overview

The Audi A7 is a premium-midsize 4-door hatchback that borrowed elements of its basic design from the Audi A6 sedan. A7 seats 4 and was offered in a single Premium trim level. Other “models” were offered as option packages, including uplevel Premium Plus and top-line Prestige. The A7 was powered by a 310-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive was standard. Safety features included ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain-side airbags, and front- and rear-side airbags. Blind-spot alert is optional. A night-vision camera with pedestrian detection was available when the Prestige Package was ordered. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver-seat memory, and keyless engine start were standard across the board. A navigation system with rearview camera was included with the Premium Plus and Prestige packages. Heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel were optional on all. Adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning were optional on models equipped with the Premium Plus or Prestige package.

Yearly Updates

2012 A7
A7 was new for 2012, but Audi tweaked the car a bit for 2013. All models now included a fuel-saving engine idle stop/start feature. A newly optional “corner view” camera allowed the driver to see around the corner on the front or rear of the car when pulling out of parking spaces or alleys. Also new was an extra-cost rear-bench seat that increases seating capacity to 5 from 4.
2013 A7
A sporty RS7 joined the A7 line for 2014. Also, a turbodiesel engine became available on A7.

Engines

A7 debuted with a 310-horsepower supercharged V6 engine. That was joined by a 240-horsepower turbodiesel V6 in 2014. Also 2014, a A7 was joined by the high-performance RS7 powered by 553-horsepower turbocharged V8. All have an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

Turbodiesel dohc V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.0/181
Engine HP 240
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 428
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
8-speed automatic

24/38

Supercharged dohc V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.0/183
Engine HP 310
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 325
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
8-speed automatic

18/28

Turbocharged dohc V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 4.0/244
Engine HP 553
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 516
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
8-speed automatic

16/27

Road Test

Audi’s 3.0-liter supercharged V6 works as well here as it does in the A6. Power is strong at all engine speeds, aided by the responsive 8-speed automatic transmission.

A7 is similar to the A6. It’s solid, almost borderline firm. All models tested had the available 20-inch wheels. We suspect a smoother experience can be had with the 18- or 19-inch wheels. Using the driver-selectable suspension showed little difference among the modes.

For a fairly large car, A7 is surprisingly nimble and sporty. Ample grip and minimal body lean in fast corners inspire confidence. The steering gives good feedback. The brakes provide plenty of control.

The V6 engine sounds as good here as it does in Audi’s other vehicles. It produces a rich growl at startup and during acceleration and fades into near silence at cruise. The only noise issue that’s a bit bothersome is coarse-surface tire thrum.

A7’s controls require study, perhaps more so than in similar luxury cars. Only the most basic functions are separate from Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI). MMI will puzzle the uninitiated and occasionally frustrate the familiar with a few counter-intuitive adjustments, especially when working with the audio system.

As with other Audis, A7 features superb detailing and precision workmanship. The wood trim looks natural, which adds more elegance to the cabin than the highly varnished pieces found in the competition.

Long seat tracks provide ample front-seat legroom. Headroom is surprisingly good, despite the standard sunroof, though we would partially attribute this to the low-set front bucket seats. A7’s sloping rear roof line impedes visibility dead-astern and to the rear quarters; large side mirrors only somewhat compensate.

Standard seating is for 2 in the back, though Audi offers an optional 3-place bench. Legroom is just OK for average-sized passengers. Headroom is barely adequate for 6-footers, thanks again to the sloping roof line. The door openings are on the narrow side, and that hinders both entry and exit.

The cargo area behind the rear seats is spacious thanks to the A7’s hatchback design. The cargo cover makes it look like a traditional sedan trunk. The 2nd row seats fold easily to create a fairly flat floor. Small-items storage in the cabin is just OK.

Ratings

Model Tested: N/A

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 8
80%
Fuel Economy - 6
60%
Ride Quality - 7
70%
Steering/Handling - 8
80%
Quietness - 7
70%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 7
70%
Room/Comfort Front - 8
80%
Room/Comfort Rear - 5
50%
Cargo Room - 5
50%

Other

Value - 7
70%

Total: 68

Specifications

4-door sedan
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
114.7 195.6 75.2 55.9
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
24.5 19.8 4.0
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
36.9 36.6 41.3 36.6
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: N/A

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Front Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Rear Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision N/A
Injury N/A
Theft N/A

Trouble Spots

Engine misfire
Description: A loose camshaft-adjustment -valve filter could cause engine to run irregularly. (2012-14)
Mirrors
Description: Blind-spot alert may not function. (2012)
Steering problems
Description: Steering may have slight irregularities in subfreezing weather. (2012-14)

Recall History

2012-13
Description: A leak in the fuel injection system could result in fire.

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Pricing

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