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.