Audi A7 Review
The 2014 Audi A7 ranks 5 out of 12 Super Luxury 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.
While its back seat may not be the most spacious in the class, test drivers agree that the 2014 Audi A7 offers a stunning interior, athletic handling and a refined turbodiesel engine.
Reviewers say that the base Audi A7 has plenty of power, thanks to a standard supercharged V6 engine. However, they’re most impressed with the new turbodiesel A7 TDI, noting that it features a smooth and responsive V6 engine that offers ample power from a stop or for highway passing maneuvers. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in both models, which earns praise for its quick, responsive shifts. The base 2014 A7 gets good fuel economy for the class at 18/28 mpg city/highway, while the A7 TDI’s 24/38 mpg estimates are outstanding for a super luxury car. Reviewers are pleased with the A7’s controlled, nimble handling, though some note that it rides firmly, which may dissuade shoppers who want a comfort-tuned driving experience. The A7 also wins points for its strong brakes and communicative steering, which critics say reinforce its enjoyable driving experience.
The A7 impresses critics with its graceful cabin design and opulent interior materials, which include wood or aluminum trim accents and soft leather upholstery. The Audi A7 stands out with a hatchback body style and more cargo space than most cars in the class, and test drivers appreciate its comfortable and supportive front seats. With the exception of the S7 and RS7, a rear bench seat is now standard for 2014, increasing seating capacity to five. Most reviewers agree that the A7’s sloping roofline may leave taller rear-seat passengers wanting more headroom. Although some members of the automotive press write that the standard navigation system could be easier to use, others appreciate the A7’s unique electronic features, which include maps provided by Google Earth and a touch pad that allows you to write in addresses with your fingertip. Standard features include a sunroof, a backup camera, front and rear parking sensors, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, push-button start, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth and an iPod interface. Features like Bose or Bang & Olufsen sound systems, four-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control and a heated steering wheel are optional or available on higher trims.
- "It's got beauty on its side, which never hurts, and the new turbodiesel model is a uniquely tempting proposition. We'll never call it a coupe, but dollar for dollar, the 2014 Audi A7 is one of the best cars you can buy." -- Edmunds
- "Nestled nicely between the bread and butter A6 and the massive A8, the A7 holds special appeal to those who desire functionality and performance in an exclusive package that, while not appealing to everyone, is still attractive enough to catch everyone's eye." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Left brain, meet right brain. Right brain, meet left brain. Here's one thing you'll both want: The Audi A7 TDI. A thoroughly appealing made more practical - with relatively little compromise aside from a $2,500 price increase - the A7 TDI is worthy of high recommendation." -- Left Lane News
- "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 all-electric Tesla Model S is a five-door hatchback that also offers ample cargo space, just like the A7, and reviewers say that the Model S has user-friendly interior features that are exceptionally high-tech. The Model S also wins points for its responsive electric motor and athletic handling, which reviewers say make it particularly fun to drive.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS550 doesn’t come standard with all-wheel drive, but it does feature a powerful twin-turbo V8 engine that reviewers love. The CLS550 also earns praise for its athletic handling, and test drivers say that it features an eye-catching interior that’s built with premium materials.
Details: 2014 Audi A7
The 2014 Audi A7 seats five and has standard all-wheel drive. A supercharged 3.0-liter engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. The A7 is available in Premium Plus (base) and Prestige trims. High-performance models include the four-seat Audi S7, which gains some additional standard equipment this year, as well as the new-for-2014 Audi RS7. The A7 gains a standard rear bench seat for 2014 and an optional turbodiesel engine, but sees few other changes. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2014 model years.