Gorgeous looks; capable handling; optional diesel engine's amazing performance and fuel economy; finely crafted interior; pleasantly practical hatchback trunk
Limited rear headroom relative to A6 sedan
Although the TDI diesel engine will run you an extra $2,400, it's worth it. Thirty-eight mpg has never looked or felt so good. Find a Audi A7 for sale
The 2015 Audi A7 is offered in two trim levels, Premium Plus and Prestige, with either a supercharged gasoline engine (3.0T) or a turbocharged diesel engine (TDI).
The base 3.0T Premium Plus ($66,825) comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlamps with LED running lights, LED taillights, a sunroof, a power hatchback, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, a collision-mitigation system, keyless access with push-button start, the Drive Select system (which gives the driver electronic adjustments for steering, transmission and throttle calibrations), quad-zone automatic climate control (including separate rear controls), leather upholstery, heated power front seats with adjustable lumbar and driver memory functions, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth and iPod integration and a 10-speaker audio system. The infotainment system is Audi's top-of-the-line MMI Plus, which includes a high-resolution widescreen display, a navigation system with Google Earth compatibility and voice recognition software, Audi Connect with online services (including mobile Wi-Fi) and the MMI Touch handwriting recognition pad.
The TDI Premium Plus ($69,225) adds the turbodiesel engine.
The 3.0T Prestige ($70,675) tacks on Audi's S-line exterior treatment, adaptive LED headlamps, a head-up display, LED cabin lighting, cooled front seats, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel and a Bose surround-sound audio system.
The TDI Prestige ($73,075) adds the turbodiesel engine.
A7 options include a Sport package (19- or 20-in wheels and sport-tuned suspension); a Cold Weather package (heated steering wheel and rear seats); a Black Optic package (requires Sport package and adds glossy black trim and special 20-in wheels) and a Driver Assistance package (adaptive cruise control, upgraded collision-mitigation system, corner-view camera system and an advanced lane-departure warning system).
Standalone-option highlights include an infrared night-vision camera, a high-end Bang & Olufsen audio system and power-closing doors.
The A7's rear-passenger compartment is perhaps its weakest feature, hamstrung by a radically angled roofline that looks great from the outside but limits headroom on the inside. Still, the fact that it has doors of its own makes it more convenient than any coupe can manage.
Cargo space beneath the power-operated hatchback starts at a generous 24.5 cu ft. with the rear seatbacks in place, a measurement that seemingly doubles when you flip those seatbacks forward. For reference, the A6 sedan's trunk can swallow just 14.1 cu ft. of your stuff. The A7 is exceptionally versatile for a luxury-performance car, no doubt about it.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/5,000 Miles|
2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe -- The sleek Gran Coupe is a 4-door version of the 6 Series that offers two excellent turbocharged gas engines (an inline-6 and a V8), though it lacks the A7's diesel option.
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class -- The CLS isn't a handy hatchback like the A7, but it does provide standard V8 power with considerably more muscle.
2015 Porsche Panamera -- The astoundingly nimble Panamera is more expensive than the A7, but it's similar in concept and certainly worth the stretch if you like the styling.