We have the Mercedes CLS-Class to thank for bringing the idea of a four-door coupe-like design to market. There are now a wide variety of imitators and price tags for the consumer who will give up a little sedan functionality for stunning design.
The gorgeous Audi A7 has tweaked the four-door coupe concept by adding the functionality of a hatchback. The A7 encompasses all the things that Audi does so well, including beautiful interior execution, standard Quattro all-wheel drive and intuitive electronic to deliver one terrific ride.
What's New for 2014
Big news this year is the arrival of a diesel TDI model. Gone are the Premium trim level and the option of rear bucket seats.
Choosing Your Audi A7
Your first choice is between gas and diesel power:
All A7s are equipped with Quattro all-wheel drive for great traction and handling. Other standard equipment includes leather seats, power heated front seats, push-button start, three-zone automatic climate control, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, Audi connect, a sunroof, navigation with Google Earth, an 8-inch screen, 19-inch wheels, and front and rear parking sensors.
Most A7 options are bundled into four groups:
Driver Assistance Plus Package features adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, a corner view camera, and a collision-warning system.
Innovation Package adds LED headlights, a Heads Up display and an innovative night-vision system that automatically recognizes and highlights pedestrians.
Sport Package includes 19- or 20-inch wheels, a sport suspension and a three-spoke steering wheel.
Prestige Package offers keyless entry, power door closers, a Bose audio system, ventilated front seats, and four-zone climate control.
We're especially impressed by the new TDI—its unique blend of high style, high performance and high fuel efficiency are hard to pass up. Be careful, though, about adding options that can quickly drive an A7's price to eye-watering levels.