With its sloping roof, coupe-style seating and elegant exterior, the Audi A7 is a force to be reckoned with before the engine even turns over. While on the larger end of the coupe segment, the A7 is very decidedly a sport vehicle. Its sleek lines, wide frame, and ultra lightweight aluminum exterior provide an airy ride and smooth handling. The luxurious interior and plethora of available features cater to the driver who seeks out adventure on the open road, but doesn’t want to leave comfort behind to find it. Three trim levels are offered: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.
The A7 Premium holds an 8-speed 3.0L V6 310hp engine, and comes standard with 18 inch wheels, Quattro AWD, heated mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, sunroof, cruise control, adjustable drive settings, LED running lights, bi-xenon headlights, tri-zone auto climate control, and heated 8-way power seats. Technology enthusiasts will love the Audi MMI electronics interface system, satellite radio, Bluetooth hookup, CD player, and Bose audio system. Safety features include antilock brakes, front and side airbags, traction and stability control, and front knee airbags.
Two upgrade packages are available for the Premium level. The Cold Weather package gives drivers the comfort of a heated steering wheel and adds heated rear seats to keep passengers cozy. The 19” Sport package offers sport suspension calibration, steering wheel with shift paddles, and 19” 5-double-spoke design summer performance tires. Other optional upgrades include brushed aluminum, dark brown, or oak wood interior inlays, black cloth headliner, 12-way power front seats, and 5-seat configuration.
While the sloping roofline of the A7 is edgy and stylish, it also poses problems for the very lanky and tall, who may feel cramped in the back seat. The 20” performance tires may be a bit too firm for some drivers, in which case staying with the 18” easily solves the issue. Drivers who need more space in the back or want a different driving feel may consider one of the many other luxury sedans fighting for buyer attention, several of which stand out as fierce competitors for the A7. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS class has an excellent twin turbo-charged set of engines out with its latest model; the 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe pairs luxury with high-performance handling; the 2013 Porsche Panamera offers the classic sports feel; and the 2013 Volkswagen CC is coming up from behind to win the hearts of those who want to try something sporty and just a little rough around the edges.
Audi’s graceful curves, dynamic handling, and full-service interior are hard to beat, however, and other vehicles in the luxury sedan segment have their work cut out for them if they hope to take the lead over the A7.
The A7 Premium houses an 8-speed automatic 3L V6 engine with 310hp. Standard for the model are 18 inch wheels, Quattro AWD, LED running lights, halogen ambient lighting, bi-xenon headlights, heated mirrors, power windows, sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, sunroof, cruise control, adjustable drive settings, tri-zone auto climate control, and heated 8-way power seats.
Technology includes Audi's MMI electronics interface system with 10 speakers and MP3 playback capability, SiriuxXM satellite radio with 90-day trial subscription, iPod connectivity, Bose audio system, Bluetooth wireless technology, CD player and AM/FM radio, and Audi pre sense basic.
Drivers seeking a sportier drive may consider the 19" Sport package with suspension calibration, shift paddle steering wheel, and 19" 5-double-spoke design summer performance tires. The Cold Weather package is also an option, offering heated steering wheel and rear seats to keep passengers cozy in the winter. Other optional upgrades include brushed aluminum, dark brown, or oak wood interior inlays, black cloth headliner, 12-way power front seats, and 5-seat configuration.
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