By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 9/2/2011
The oxymoronic "4-door coupe" concept was founded by the Mercedes-Benz CLS, brought to the middle-class by the Volkswagen CC and applied unexpectedly to a crossover SUV by the BMW X6. Now Audi is further expanding the four-door coupe category with the A7, a sleek 4-seater that sports a roofline reminiscent of a coupe and, in an M. Night Shyamalan-style twist, a super-useful hatchback. In a sense the 2012 A7 embodies the best that Audi currently has to offer, combining sizzling emotive design with substantive attributes like all-wheel drive (AWD), advanced in-car technology and compelling driving dynamics.
If you want a car that makes a strong visual statement we're guessing you'll appreciate the modern yet tasteful shape of the 2012 Audi A7. Also, fashion-conscious folks who live in wintery parts of the country might appreciate the A7's standard quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
If you need room for five feel free to cross the 2012 Audi A7 off your list. It might seem, from the outside, that the rear quarters should accommodate a third occupant but Audi disagrees, opting instead to give the A7 back seats that are spacious for two instead of cramped for three.
Starting at around $60,000, the 2012 Audi A7's price falls somewhere between the expensive Mercedes-Benz CLS and the comparatively cheap VW CC; bringing premium 4-door-coupe ownership to those who are merely well-to-do.
Utilizing a supercharged V6, a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission and standard quattro all-wheel drive, the 2012 Audi A7 dishes up rapid acceleration for passing, merging or just increasing one's heart rate. Once up to speed we found the A7 to be a very stable, quiet and comfortable long distance cruiser. Audi's four-door coupe also excels when traversing serpentine roads, rewarding the driver with precise steering and high cornering limits. Drivers can tailor the vehicle's character using Audi Drive Select, choosing between "comfort" and sportier "dynamic" settings to adjust the immediacy of the throttle's response, heft of the steering and aggressiveness of gear shifts. An automatic mode is also available for those who would rather let the car sort out those parameters for itself. All told, the A7 provides an impressive mix of driving engagement and refined comfort.
Buyers who step up to the Premium Plus trim enjoy MMI Touch, a neat touch-sensitive pad that lets the driver input letters and numbers by drawing them with his or her finger. MMI Touch might seem like a novelty but it quickly proves useful when searching for street names or points of interest.
Navigation with Google Earth
Google Earth is impressive on a home computer but becomes doubly impressive when incorporated into a vehicle navigation system. Improved awareness of one's surrounding area and the shear coolness of a helicopter-like map view make navigation with Google Earth easily one of our favorite features.