Marketed as a “four-door coupe,” the all-wheel drive Audi A7 is a ravishing luxury hatchback with a sporting attitude accompanying it.

Pricing and Equipment

Three well-equipped trims accompany the 2017 Audi A7: Premium Plus, Prestige, and Competition.

Audi prices the Premium Plus from $68,800. At this price level your four-door coupe comes with full LED headlights, an MMI navigation system with touch and voice control, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, Audi side assist with Audi pre sense rear, and a rearview camera. Also present are stainless-steel door sill inlays, fine grain ash wood inlays, a sunroof, leather seats, and room for five

All Prestige models ($71,350) bring in soft-closing doors, ventilated twelve-way power front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, perforated leather seating surfaces, and a head-up display with navigation information.

The top-of-the-line Competition trim ($77,125) offers the most dramatic presentation of the three. This model is outfitted with 20-inch double-spoke titanium-matte finish wheels, S line appearance trim, a sport suspension with red brake calipers, and Valcona leather seats with diamond stitching.

All three models benefit from forced induction as a 3-liter, supercharged V6 is used. This engine makes 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Competition models squeeze out slightly more energy, creating 340 horsepower.

The 2017 Audi A7 is EPA-rated at 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, and runs best on premium fuel.

Performance Pros

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  • Start out with a supercharged V6 engine, add Quattro all-wheel drive, and combine these with a riveting body style and you have one of the most attractive and fun-to-drive luxury cars anywhere. The 2017 A7 achieves high scores in the performance department, delivering exemplary handling and superior off-the-mark acceleration. Indeed, when you stomp on the accelerator you’ll go from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds.
  • Decades of honing its award-winning Quattro all-wheel drive system means Audi has perfected this engineering marvel. Sharp curves as well as rising and falling roads are handled with ease in the 2017 A7.

Performance Cons

  • This model’s ride quality skews toward sport over luxury. Choosing smaller wheels is one option for a smoother ride as is setting your seat comfort level accordingly.
  • If you’re looking for a six-speed manual transmission, you’ll be disappointed. Models such as the S5 offer one, but not the A7.

Interior Pros

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  • From strength-to-strength, Audi offers beautifully laid-out interiors with high-quality materials and superior fit and finish. It’s fairly understated when compared to some other luxury marques, but it is also reassuringly simple as well as soothing.
  • Sometimes you want more detail on a navigation map and that is precisely what Audi brings in thanks to Google Maps. Here, you have the option to add detailed information about landmarks and businesses—especially beneficial when you’re traveling in an unfamiliar area. Further, you can activate Google Earth too.
  • Last year, Audi rolled out 4G telecommunications technology and WiFi hotspot via Audi Connect. The system is easy to activate from the Audi MMI main menu. Once activated, you can connect as many as eight devices.

Interior Cons

  • While the front seats are as comfortable as they come, the rear seats fall short in the legroom and headroom departments. Tall passengers will find the rear compartment especially challenging.
  • The sloping roofline makes for a visually appealing styling statement, but when it comes to hatchback room, taller items are more difficult to fit inside. At least you can fold down the rear seat to greatly expand your storage area.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Audi is improving its connectivity options. This year, A7 models are both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. Audi’s MMI interface infotainment system is also standard and comes with navigation.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Our hopes that the turbo-diesel would return for 2017 have been dashed. Audi’s parent Volkswagen Group is still working on a plan to make this engine acceptable to federal and state authorities. Until then, there is no diesel option.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a grand touring four-door coupe, the Audi A7 delivers. You might also consider the S7, especially if you place a premium on performance. Both models offer a compelling reason to consider Audi in a market where BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche compete.