Audi A7 Interior
Reviewers who’ve had a chance to sit in the 2013 Audi A7 are impressed by its exquisitely-designed cabin. Materials are high-quality and include supple leather upholstery and wood trim. The A7’s cabin can be made even more upscale with options that include aluminum, oak or walnut trim.
- "While cruising the autobahn or the freeway, you'll have a chance to appreciate the classy interior. We are especially impressed by the S-exclusive aluminum and Beaufort wood trim combo, created from tulip wood that's dyed black and, well, aluminum." -- Car and Driver (Audi S7)
- "As with other Audis, A7 features superb detailing and precision workmanship. The wood trim looks natural, which adds more elegance to the cabin than the highly varnished pieces found in the competition." -- Consumer Guide
- "Audi is known for producing some of the finest car interiors in the world, consistently setting benchmarks for design and quality. The A7 carries that torch and also improves upon the way the driver interacts with the car's myriad electronics devices." -- Edmunds
- "All A7's utilize Audi's MMI interface, a rotary selection knob surrounded by four push-buttons, to control many vehicle functions. The rest of the dash becomes attractively uncluttered as a result." -- Kelley Blue Book
Reviewers say that the 2013 A7 has comfortable front seats with plenty of head- and legroom. However, some test drivers note taller passengers may want more back-seat headroom. The A7 seats four and comes with leather upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats. An optional rear bench seat raises seating capacity to five, while heated rear seats, heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available.
- "Long seat tracks provide ample legroom. Headroom is surprisingly good, despite the standard sunroof, though we would partially attribute this to the low-set front bucket seats." -- Consumer Guide
- "Due to the A7's aggressively raked roof line, backseat headroom is tight for average-to-tall folks. Legroom is abundant, however, and there's something to be said for the comfort of the twin rear bucket seats versus a traditional three-across bench seat." -- Edmunds
- "It looks great but does ask occupants to duck when entering the rear seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The front bucket seats are comfortable and supportive." -- AutoWeek (2012)
The 2013 Audi A7 comes with a sunroof, tri-zone climate control, push-button start, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a 10-speaker stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include four-zone automatic climate control, Bose or Bang & Olufsen sound systems, a backup camera with parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assist systems. The available MMI navigation system comes with Audi Connect, which turns the A7 into a wireless hotspot. The A7 will also use the data connection to update navigation routes and conditions by using data provided by Google Maps. MMI also comes with a touch pad that allows you to write out a destination or phone number with your fingertip rather than typing it into the system.
Some reviewers say that MMI can be difficult to use, noting that adjustments for the audio and navigation systems can take some time to master. However, one critic says that the climate controls are intuitive, while another comments that features like the MMI touch pad make the system easier to use. The navigation’s Google Earth views also earn praise, as one test driver says that Google Earth makes it easier to use the system’s maps.
- "A7's controls require study, perhaps moreso than in similar luxury cars. Only the most basic functions are separate from Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI). MMI will puzzle the uninitiated and occasionally frustrate the familiar with a few counter-intuitive adjustments, especially when working with the audio system." -- Consumer Guide
- "Audi's newest MMI benefits from enhanced functionality of the steering wheel controls and gauge-mounted display, while the MMI Touch panel amid the rest of the (admittedly numerous) other MMI buttons is a nifty advancement." -- Edmunds
- "Google Earth is impressive enough on a home computer; in a vehicle's navigation system it is even more striking, and quite practical. Improved awareness of one's surrounding area and the sheer coolness of a helicopter-like map view make navigation with Google Earth a delight." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Some controls, particularly for the automatic climate system, are straightforward; others, like those for audio and navigation, require a learning curve." -- Forbes (2012)
Thanks to its hatchback design, the A7 has more cargo space than most cars in its class. There’s 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be expanded by folding down the back seat. One reviewer says that the A7’s sloping roofline may make taller objects more difficult to stow, while another notes that the long hatch has an extremely tall height when opened. Others frequently mention that the lengthy cargo bay offers plenty of room for golf clubs.
- "The cargo area behind the rear seats is spacious thanks to the A7's hatchback design. The cargo cover makes it look like a traditional sedan trunk." -- Consumer Guide
- "In terms of luggage and cargo capacity, the A7's hatchback design permits easier loading of larger items that just won't fit in the trunk of a conventional sedan." -- Edmunds
- "The hatch is so long, it swings unfortunately high when open. Hypothetically, a man could pop the hatch in the parking garage of his gym only to have it swing up and smack into the ceiling, putting a small chip in the Havanna Black Metallic paint and precipitating a torrent of easy-to-spell words from him. Hypothetically." -- Los Angeles Times (2012)
- "The rear hatch opens up wide, making bulky objects easy to load and unload. The A7 is ideal for someone who, say, regularly drives a foursome to and from the golf course." -- Businessweek (2012)