Audi A7 Review
The 2015 Audi A7 ranks 1 out of 8 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.
Auto writers say the 2015 Audi A7 is stylish, fun and surprisingly practical, with a striking interior design, nimble handling, large cargo area and fuel-efficient TDI model.
According to test drivers, the Audi A7’s standard supercharged V6 engine delivers plenty of power. They add that the TDI model, which is powered by a turbodiesel V6, has excellent fuel economy and strong, smooth acceleration. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard in the A7, and critics say it shifts smoothly. 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.
The 2015 Audi A7’s interior earns praise from automotive journalists for its beautiful design, excellent build quality and top-notch materials. Reviewers think the A7’s front seats are spacious, but they write that the back seats could use more headroom. The A7’s cargo area is roomy for the class, and test drivers say its large, hatchback opening makes it easy to load items. 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)
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.
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.