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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 Performance

The 2014 Audi A7 wows reviewers with competent handling, a refined engine and standard all-wheel drive. Despite its size, critics agree that the A7 still feels athletic on a twisty road.

  • "Try as they might, the Germans will never convince us that a coupe can have as many doors as a sedan. Nonetheless, the athletic A7 does a decent coupe impression from behind the wheel, and its sloping roof line admittedly brings old Mustang fastbacks to mind." -- Edmunds
  • "Things have only gotten better with the insertion of Audi's latest turbodiesel V6 into the A7's engine bay. Cranking out 240 horsepower and, more importantly, 428 lb-ft. of torque, the new 3.0-liter engine is an evolution of the unit that has powered a large number of Audi Q7 crossovers in the U.S." -- Left Lane News
  • "Only the S7's sheer size will keep most drivers from pushing it on narrow country roads like a sports car." -- Car and Driver (2013 S7)
  • "For a fairly large car, A7 is surprisingly nimble and sporty. Ample grip and minimal body lean in fast corners inspire confidence." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Audi A7 is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, while the A7 TDI features a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine that generates 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard on both models. The A7 gets an EPA-estimated 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is very good for an all-wheel drive super luxury car. Additionally, the diesel-powered A7 TDI earns outstanding fuel economy estimates for the class of 24/38 mpg city/highway.

The high-performance Audi S7 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automated manual transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. Audi says that the S7 has a top speed of 155 mph, and that it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The Audi RS7 has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Audi says that the 2014 RS7 has a top speed of 174 mph, and that it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

Reviewers are pleased with the A7’s supercharged V6, saying that it provides plenty of power in all situations. Still, many reviewers are particularly impressed with the smooth and responsive turbodiesel engine in the A7 TDI, which they say gives ample power whether you’re pulling away from a stop light or passing on the highway. Critics also approve of the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, which offers quick, precise shifts.

  • "With over 100 more pound-feet of torque than the gas engine, the TDI V6 blasts away from stoplights and dispatches highway dawdlers with ease. This is a genuine high-performance car that just happens to use diesel fuel instead of gasoline." -- Edmunds (A7 TDI) 
  • "We tested a 2014 Audi A7 with the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and came away quite impressed. Audi's supercharged engines have always delivered on their promise of performance and economy, and the current crop is no different. The 8-speed automatic transmission picked its shift points precisely." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Where the TDI stands out is, predictably, what happens when the skinny pedal is mashed. Syrupy smooth in its power delivery, the turbodiesel displays virtually no lag. Robust torque is on offer just after immediate throttle tip-in, but the response is pleasantly linear with none of the uncouth head-snapping effect sometimes seen with a big turbo unit." -- Left Lane News (A7 TDI)
  • "Audi's 3.0-liter supercharged V6 works as well here as it does in the A6. Power is strong at all engine speeds, aided by the responsive 8-speed automatic transmission." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers note that while the A7 TDI is slightly heavier than its gas-powered sibling, both models offer composed handling and accurate steering. The 2014 A7 also earns praise for its strong brakes, though some test drivers report that even the base model rides firmly. As a result, they recommend avoiding the optional 20-inch wheels if you want the most comfortable ride possible.

  • "Just watch the ride quality with the available 20-inch tires; the A7 already rides firmly by default, so sticking with the smaller 19s might be a better bet if you value a supple ride." -- Edmunds
  • "A taut suspension and composed chassis give Audi's midsize line a sportier-than-average feel that's backed up by direct, if perhaps a little too light, electric power steering. Mercifully, all that remains essentially unchanged with the inclusion of the 66 lbs. heavier turbodiesel powertrain. Any difference in weight or balance is essentially imperceptible." -- Left Lane News
  • "We were pleasantly surprised by the electromechanical steering. Once again, Audi has done a better job than BMW in this area." -- Car and Driver (2013 S7)
  • "The steering gives good feedback. The brakes provide plenty of control." -- Consumer Guide (2013) 
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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