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MSRP: $64,500 - $104,900
Invoice: $59,987 - $97,558
MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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Audi A7 Interior

Reviewers love the 2014 Audi A7’s elegant cabin design and opulent interior materials, which include supple leather upholstery and attractive wood or aluminum trim. The A7 is packed with standard tech features, though some test drivers report that Audi’s MMI controller can make it difficult to access some navigation, audio and vehicle settings.

  • "Interior design and quality are beyond reproach, while the newly standard Audi Connect system turns the A7 into a rolling WiFi hotspot." -- Edmunds
  • "Audi's now-famous knack for creating great automotive interiors is on full display in the 2014 A7. All A7's use 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
  • "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 (2013 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 (2013) 

Seating

The A7 seats five, while S7 and RS7 models seat four. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats are standard on the base A7, while heated rear seats, heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available. Reviewers say that the 2014 A7 has comfortable front seats with plenty of head- and legroom. However, some test drivers note taller passengers may want more back-seat headroom.

  • "Due to the A7's aggressively raked roof line, backseat headroom is tight, even for adults of average height. Legroom is adequate, however, and the newly standard three-across seating raises passenger capacity to five in a pinch." -- Edmunds
  • "Seating is comfortable for five in the A7, and four in the S7 and RS 7, which have two bucket seats separated by a storage console between them. Either way, that graceful roofline makes rear-seat headroom tight for tall passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)
  • "The front bucket seats are comfortable and supportive." -- AutoWeek (2012)

Interior Features

The 2014 Audi A7 comes with a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity key, a backup camera, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, an iPod interface and Audi’s MMI navigation system with Audi Connect, which uses a cellular data connection to provide a wireless hotspot. Audi Connect also uses the data connection to update navigation routes and traffic conditions by using data provided by Google Maps. The standard MMI navigation system features a console-mounted touch pad, which allows you to write out a destination or phone number with your fingertip rather than typing it into the system. Options and features available on higher trims include four-zone automatic climate control, Bose or Bang & Olufsen sound systems, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assist.

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. Additionally, a few test drivers note that the infotainment systems found in competitors built by BMW and Mercedes-Benz are easier to use. However, other critics write that the climate controls are intuitive, and that features like the MMI touch pad make the system easy to use.

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  • "The [MMI] system boasts logical menus, crisp graphics and a touchpad to increase functionality, although we still prefer BMW's iDrive or Mercedes' COMAND for overall ease of use." -- Edmunds
  • "Standard on all A7 models, MMI Touch is a neat touch-sensitive pad that allows the driver to input letters and numbers by drawing them with a fingertip. It turns out to be much less gimmicky and more usable than it sounds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)
  • "Some controls, particularly for the automatic climate system, are straightforward; others, like those for audio and navigation, require a learning curve." -- Forbes (2012)

Cargo

The A7 has a hatchback body style and more cargo space than most cars in its class. The standard power liftgate opens to reveal 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be expanded by folding down the back seat. A number of reviewers mention that the lengthy cargo bay offers plenty of room for golf clubs, though some also write that the long hatch has an extremely tall height when opened.

  • "The A7's hatchback design enables easy loading of luggage and larger items that might not fit in the trunk of a conventional sedan. Official cargo capacity is 24.5 cubic feet, but lowering the rear seatbacks increases that volume significantly." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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)
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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