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Audi A7 Review

The 2015 Audi A7 ranks 3 out of 10 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Audi A7, as well as reliability and safety data.

Test drivers are impressed with the 2015 Audi A7's agile handling, large cargo area, attractive cabin design and fuel-efficient diesel engine option.

The 2015 A7 comes standard with a supercharged V6 engine that reviewers say is powerful. The mid-level TDI trim comes with a turbodiesel V6. Critics write that it has smooth, rapid acceleration and impressive fuel economy. The A7's standard eight-speed automatic transmission also earns reviewer praise because of its seamless gear changes. The performance-oriented S7 and RS 7 models come with a twin-turbocharged V8, and auto writers note that they are capable of incredible acceleration. The base 2015 A7 gets an EPA-estimated 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is a little low for the class, while the A7 TDI gets 24/38, which is excellent for the class. With standard all-wheel drive and nimble handling, critics agree that the A7 is a very athletic car. They also praise the A7’s strong brakes and smooth ride, though some note that its steering could be sharper.

According to reviewers, the 2015 Audi A7 has a beautiful cabin that's tightly constructed and features upscale materials. Critics say storage is no problem in the A7 thanks to its large hatchback opening and great cargo capacity. Front-seat space also impresses test drivers, though they note that rear-seat headroom is limited. Standard features in the 2015 Audi A7 include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power liftgate, quad-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, satellite radio, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring and a 10-speaker audio system. The A7 also comes standard with Audi’s MMI navigation system with Audi Connect, which provides a wireless hot spot and updates navigation routes with data provided by Google Maps. Available features include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, Bose or Bang & Olufsen audio systems, surround-view parking cameras, night vision, a head up display, forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and active lane keep assist. Some critics feel that the MMI system is fairly straightforward, but others note that it complicates audio and navigation adjustments.

  • "With an arresting design, a lavish interior and a surprisingly practical hatchback layout, the Audi A7 four-door-coupe offers a superb balance of style and comfortable versatility." -- Left Lane News
  • "If you want your car to be a rolling statement of individuality or an extension of your own sense of style, the 2015 Audi A7 is your rolling masterpiece. Good news is that its dynamic styling hides a practical car, with all-wheel drive and an available fuel-sipping diesel engine." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With its beautiful design, upscale interior and great all-around performance, the 2015 Audi A7 is a highly desirable luxury car." -- Edmunds
  • "A7 is visually stunning, inside and out. It's comfortable to sit in and provides a surprising amount of practicality given its ‘4-door coupe’ body style. A lively and reasonably efficient powertrain further enhance this car's appeal." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

The recently updated Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class earns praise for its athletic handling and potent engine lineup, which includes two twin-turbocharged V8s. Critics also like the CLS-Class’ eye-catching interior, excellent build quality and lavish materials.

Test drivers say the BMW 7-Series has a very spacious rear seat, and they note that its iDrive infotainment system is easy to use and features a striking widescreen display. They also appreciate the 7-Series’ powerful engine options and composed ride.

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Details: 2015 Audi A7

The 2015 Audi A7 seats five and comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims. A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. TDI models come with a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine. High-performance models include the Audi S7 and Audi RS 7, which both seat four and come standard with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. The A7 gains standard blind spot monitoring and quad-zone automatic climate control for 2015, but it hasn’t been fully redesigned since its debut in 2012. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/15

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