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KBB Expert Rating: 8.2
The 2013 Audi A7 and S7 follow the oxymoronic "4-door coupe" concept launched by the Mercedes-Benz CLS and brought to the middle class by the Volkswagen CC. Audi expanded the category with the sleek A7, which sports a roofline reminiscent of a coupe and incorporates a useful rear hatch over a generous cargo deck. In a sense the 2013 A7 embodies all the best that Audi currently offers: sizzling emotive design plus substantive attributes such as all-wheel drive (AWD), advanced in-car technology, compelling driving dynamics and even practical functionality.
If you want a car that makes a strong visual statement, you'll appreciate the modern yet tasteful shape of the 2013 Audi A7. Also, folks in wintry parts of the country will like the A7's standard quattro AWD.
Newly introduced just last year, the Audi A7 carries into 2013 with no major changes. The late-introduction S7 likewise goes unchanged.
Driving Impressions Utilizing an excellent supercharged 3.0-liter V6, a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission and standard quattro AWD, the 2013 Audi A7 dishes up rapid acceleration for passing, merging or just increasing one's...heart rate. Once up to speed the A7 is a very stable, quiet and comfortable long-distance cruiser. Audi's 4-door coupe also plays well with 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 response, aggressiveness of gear shifts and weight of the steering. Of course, if you're really serious about sporty dynamics, the S7 variant takes you there, with a 420-horsepower twin-turbo V8 and brakes and chassis tuning to match. Even in this guise, the car remains a comfy and civilized grand tourer, but its intensity is turned up a lot.
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 a fingertip. It turns out to be much less gimmicky and more usable than it sounds.
NAVIGATION WITH GOOGLE EARTH
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.
Audi's now-famous knack for creating great automotive interiors is on full display in the A7's luxurious cabin. 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. Seating is comfortable for four, and, optionally, workable for five; the standard rear seat has two buckets and a storage console between them, but a 3-place bench seat can be substituted as a $350 option. Either way, that graceful roofline makes rear-seat headroom tight for tall passengers.
The face of the 2013 Audi A7 has the trademark oversized hexagonal grille and LED running lights, and the body lines are similarly standard Audi issue. But the A7 distinguishes itself in the roofline, which cuts low over the rear windows and tapers all the way to the tail. It looks great but does ask occupants to duck when entering the rear seat. The A7's 4-door-coupe design marries aero-look efficiency with clean styling in a way entirely consistent with Audi's brand character. The faster and meaner S7 is identified by subtle badging and trim and 1-inch-larger wheels.
The 2013 Audi A7's standard equipment list includes leather seats, power heated front seats, keyless engine start (though, oddly, not keyless entry), 3-zone automatic climate control, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth, 18-inch wheels and a power sunroof. The Premium Plus trim adds Navigation with Google Earth, MMI touch and an 8-inch screen, 19-inch wheels and front and rear parking sensors. The highest Prestige trim offers keyless entry, a Bose audio system, ventilated front seats and 4-zone climate control. Standard safety features include stability control, traction control and six airbags.
Most A7 options are bundled into four option packages. The Driver Assistance Package features adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and a collision-warning system. The Innovation Package adds LED headlights, a Head Up display and a night-vision system that automatically recognizes and highlights pedestrians. Included in the Sport Package are 19- or 20-inch wheels, a sport suspension and a 3-spoke steering wheel. A 3-place rear bench seat is available to replace the two rear buckets, making the A7 a 5-seater. A 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system is offered for a hefty $5,900.
Today, 310 horsepower in a luxury sedan might seem barely adequate but thanks to an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission, the A7 makes the most of its 3.0 supercharged V6's output. Zero-to-60-mph acceleration runs take just 5.4 seconds thanks in part to the broad spread of torque through the low- and medium-speed ranges. With its 420-horsepower twin-turbo V8, the lusty S7 makes even shorter work of 0-60, taking just 4.5 seconds. Remarkably, the S7's blistering performance comes at a cost of just a single mpg in the EPA city/highway ratings. In both the A7 and S7, power is sent from the transmission to the standard quattro AWD system, greatly improving stability and confidence on slippery roads.
3.0-liter supercharged V6
310 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg
4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8
420 horsepower @ 5,500-6,400 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400-5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/27 mpg
By PaqMan on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,900overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Cons: "Qulaity, comfort, Audi support"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"This is an update to a previous post. My A7 now has 4,700 miles. It has been in the shop 4 times and set to go back a 5th all within the first 4 months of ownership. Car looks great but this is its only redeeming feature. Quality is clearly very poor. Many design features are poor like unusable coat hanger clips, delay transitioning into reverse, front windows that don't go all the way down with the automatic feature, rear windows that only go down part way, very uncomfortable front seats, no economy mode, small cup holders, center counsel that needs to be lifted all the way up to put it back to the original starting position, and there is more including problems with the climate control detailed in another post. What is most concerning is Audi's response to the multiple quality concerns requiring servicing - Audi doesn't seem to care. Very poor value overall; I would be very reluctant to spend $30,000 on this car let alone $70,000."
5 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By jmr on Sunday, July 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "- Styling, engine"
Cons: "- Climate Control Feature (not working properly)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"While a nice look and some good features, I am extremely disappointed at the fact that there is a climate control software bug on my 2014 A7. The airflow distribution setting does not work properly. The setting changes after the car is turned off and then restarted at some later time. And when the car is started, the air distribution setting displayed on the MMI display is different than the air distribution setting displayed on the climate control display. Once I re-adjust the air distribution setting to what I want, the MMI display and the climate control display will "sync up." The dealership service center let me know approx. 9 months ago that this is a known "software bug" in all 2013 and 2014 A-6 and A-7s (for models with the front seat ventilation feature). This issue has been logged with Audi engineers, and no fix currently exists; and no time table is known for when this will get fixed. I call the dealership about once a month to see if a fix has been created. I also was told by the Audi service center that the sales people do not tell customers of this problem/bug when selling the car. This is unacceptable for a +$70k vehicle."
By Lizzy on Monday, June 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,467overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The car is beautiful and drives wonderful - my only issue with this car is the frameless windows. If you live in the northeast and get icy weather the windows will tend to freeze to the rubber strip. Bad concept for this area. Would be an ideal car for southern type weather."
4 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By PaqMan on Saturday, April 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Cons: "Almost evrything besides looks."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Brand new with 95 miles on it and it broke less than 24 hours after driving it off the lot. O2 sensor as bad and an actuator (whatever that is) needed to be moved. Start-stop is very inconsistent. Same with the opening the doors. Normally one only needs to put your thumb on this button and pull the door handle and the door opens - normally. But sometimes it just dosn't open. Who knows why - Audi can't seem to figure it out. Cruise control is very poor (jumpy, not smooth). Climate control also acts like Jeckel and Hyde. Overall the car is worth about $40,000. The only thing going for it is that it looks great. Needs an economy mode as the computer often chooses a gear lower than I would if I had a manual. Handling is just OK for the price. Save your money and buy something else."
8 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Richard on Saturday, January 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,600overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Stable, fast, and precise."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned this Audi for twelve months. It is fun to drive and stable at all speeds. I am always receiving compliments on its styling. The interior is beautiful and all instrumentation is well thought out and ergonomically functional. It is comfortable for commuting as well as long road trips. The hatch back is huge with plenty of room for golf clubs and skis. I would highly recommend this Audi."
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Ole Kentuckian on Thursday, January 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Absolute rocket; handles great; 2000 RPM @ 80 MPH"
Cons: "Inadequate storage in cabin; premium fuel required"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have owned or leased Corvettes (big block), Jaguars (XJ), Mercedes-Benz (300), BMW (3, 5 & 7 series) and Lexus (LS, SC and RX) and my 2012 Audi A7 is the best combination of a driving AND riding car I've ever had the pleasure of driving. I'm now on the dark side of retirement age and suddenly I find I can drive 15 hours in a stretch whereas before I was limiting myself to 8 to maybe 12 before. The car is that comfortable, responsive and interactive. GREAT car!"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful